About ARTS ObispoAdvancing the Arts in San Luis Obispo County Since 1981
We believe that the arts in SLO County helps build strong and healthy community, assists with the development of future leaders, and promotes awareness of the value of creativity, open minds, and quality of life.
ARTS Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council and the local partner of the California Arts Council, advances the visual, literary and performing arts through programs that promote public access to the arts, arts in educational settings, local arts planning and collaboration, and opportunities for artists and arts organizations.
Board of Directors
After retiring from a 30 year career in education and education administration, Shirley now pursues her lifelong passion for creating art, specifically watercolor and mixed media. Currently she is the President of the Nipomo Arts Commission and member of the Morro Bay Art Association, El Camino Art Association, Central Coast Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.
Bill McCarthy currently serves on the board of the History Center of San Luis Obispo as President. He is active in the local community as a member of the SLO Progressives and with various other social and political organizations. He is a past member of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s board of directors and has held board positions in theatre organizations, children’s hospitals and economic development organizations in several impoverished countries. He is currently employed as an Architect and Engineer and lives in SLO with his five children.
Jim conducts Quality Assurance for InPress Technologies, a medical device start-up that was spun out of the Cal Poly HotHouse in SLO. Jim has over 35 years of experience as a life sciences engineer and has developed novel production and software systems. He also manages coding clubs for 4th and 5th graders at four local elementary schools.