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“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

“Pyramids, cathedrals, and rockets exist not because of geometry, theories of structures, or thermodynamics, but because they were first a picture-- literally a vision--in the minds of those who built them. Society is where it is today because people had the perception; the images and the imagination; the creativity that the Arts provide, to make the world the place we live in today.”

Eugene Ferguson, Historian

Passport to the Arts

Passport to the Arts Poster

The PASSPORT TO THE ARTS event was started by CCCAE to brings kids and families to the Mission Plaza for a day of hands-on visual, literary and performing arts activities. After two successful programs, CCCAE gave ownership to ArtsObispo. The program is now run during Children's Day in the Plaza.


In celebration of National Arts Month, PASSPORT TO THE ARTS event brought kids and families to the Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo for a day of hands-on visual, literary and performing arts activities.

Youth attendees received their own day passport, tote bag, and  signed up to win free tickets to upcoming performances and classes throughout San Luis Obispo County. Children engaged in a variety of hands-on arts activities stationed throughout the plaza and enjoyed ongoing live performances by youth-age performers happening every half hour in the amphitheater. The day culminated at 1 p.m. with a free “No Ties Allowed” open rehearsal by the San Luis Obispo Symphony at the Performing Arts Center.

PASSPORT TO THE ARTS is intended as a celebration of the arts in our county and will allow children to see performances and encourage them to try different types of art. Families can pick up their free bag full of information about upcoming arts events, lessons, and performance information for the year.

This event also kicked off the Passport to the Arts Performance Season; a collaboration of local performing arts groups offering free tickets to students who participate in arts education programs. The groups are Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Arts, Festival Mozaic, Opera SLO, SLO Little Theatre, and SLO Symphony. A limited number of performance passports were raffled during the October 5th event.

PASSPORT TO THE ARTS was sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo, the Central Coast Center for Arts Education at Cal Poly, and ARTS Obispo.

For more information about Passport to the Arts, go to or contact ARTS Obispo Executive Director at (805) 544-9251 ext.13.

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