In keeping with the City's tradition of citizen involvement, City
resources are used in partnership with organizations to create
opportunities for otherwise unfeasible projects or programs. The
City encourages the formation of such community partnerships whenever
possible and has active partnerships with the following organizations:
The San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center seats 1,300 in its
main hall, which is shaped like a multiple-balconied opera house from the past, and
presents a modern acoustical environment for everything from Bach to the blues. Located on
the campus of California Polytechnic University, it was built by a joint partnership of
the City, the University and the Foundation for the Performing Arts at a cost of
approximately $34.9 million. The facility opened September 27, 1996. Tickets may be
purchased by calling the box office at 805-756-7222.
San Luis Obispo Little Theatre
has been performing for
over six decades, making them one of the longest continually running
community theatres in the nation. They have staged over 350 productions
in more than 20 locations around the country, beginning with the
production of Blythe Spirit in 1947. SLOLT is also home to the Academy
of Creative Theatre, a program aimed at helping young people develop
lifelong skills, self-esteem, and confidence through theatrical
education and performance.
San Luis Obispo Historical Society
is an organization dedicated to the
study and preservation of San Luis Obispo County history. The Historical
formed in 1953 by a small group of individuals dedicated to
helping preserve and protect local history. Members of the Society
wanted to create a historical museum where local artifacts could be
properly placed and archived. The City of San Luis Obispo granted a
renewable 50 year lease to the Historical Society in 1955 for the former
Carnegie Library Building to use as a museum. The Society spent the next
fifty years building the largest archive of historical artifacts of any
museum in San Luis Obispo County.
Luis Obispo Museum of Art
is located at 1010 Broad St. at the corner of Broad and Monterey.
Docent-led tours of the Art Center are available for groups of all ages.
Admission is free.
San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
mission is to inspire learning through
play within a rich environment of interactive
exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Curiosity
and imagination are evoked as children and families actively explore,
investigate, and create through a variety of discovery experiences. The
Museum closed in September 2004 in order to begin construction on a new