San Luis Obispo
Ever since Junipero Serra went up in search of Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo has been a space in between - an area of rest, a thorough way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is this distance from the main urban hubs that has afforded the area the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate. This lifestyle, coupled with the emergence of a robust wine industry, has attracted a myriad of writers and artists that are exploring the cultural ethos of the area.
Highlights
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Contemporary craftmakers on the Central Coast infuse beauty into everyday objects, constantly expanding the definition of what is considered "craft."
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Former journalist Mark Abel moved to the Central Coast from Southern California to pursue his craft of creating rock-inflected classical music with a contemporary edge.
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Quilt artist Denise Sheridan's hand-sewn, hand-quilted works of art are part personal narrative, part sociopolitical statement.
Stacy Peralta: Skate Culture's Unofficial Curator Returns to His Roots
Stacy Peralta: Skate Culture's Unofficial Curator Returns to His Roots
Professional skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta revisits his past in the new documentary "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography."
Acerbic Art: Mark Bryan's Fantastical (and Political) Worlds
Acerbic Art: Mark Bryan's Fantastical (and Political) Worlds
San Luis Obispo artist Mark Bryan puts politics in the forefront, pairing his satirical subject matter with sly, seductive humor.
The Polymath Designer, the Salon Keeper, and The Illustrator
The Polymath Designer, the Salon Keeper, and The Illustrator
San Luis Obispo shelters a small enclave of artists and architects who have collaborated on designing their homes for artistic expression and production.
JumpBrush Dance Festival Forges Connections in San Luis Obispo
JumpBrush Dance Festival Forges Connections in San Luis Obispo
JumpBrush: Pacific Coast Dance Convergence, which runs Aug. 8 through 11 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, seeks to make the Central Coast a dance destination.
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Pedro Arroyo and Catherine J. Trujillo interview Swedish-American jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen in two of her most treasured environments.
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Fremont movie theater in San Luis Obispo is a historic construction. With the decreased appeal for movie houses, owners plan to reinvent the downtown property.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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