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
Going Nuclear: Artists and Activists Take On Diablo Canyon
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is the focus of a new art exhibit pairing editorial cartoons with heavily redacted communications between government bodies that regulate it.
Ghosts of Taiwan: C. Hite Grapples With Her Past
C. Hite's new multi-disciplinary exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is largely informed by her childhood spent in the war-torn island nation of Taiwain.
New Play 'pool '63' Dives Into America's Civil Rights Struggle
The new play "pool '63" revisits a pivotal chapter in American civil rights history while drawing clear parallels between the nation's past and current conflicts.
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Georgian-born music educator Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli has shaped the lives of scores of American schoolchildren.
Young at Heart: Sky Bergman's Age Explorations
Young at Heart: Sky Bergman's Age Explorations
Photographer Sky Bergman sets out to marry photography and the life stories of octogenarians (and older) with the launch of Lives Well Lived.
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.
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Architecture/ Design

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Community Arts

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

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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Music

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Visual Arts

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


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