About ARTS Obispo

Advancing the Arts in San Luis Obispo County Since 1981

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.

Staff

Kelly Asuncion

Kelly Asuncion

Programs Manager

Phone: (805) 544-9251

 

Edel Mitchell

Edel Mitchell

Project Coordinator

Phone: (805) 544-9251

Board of Directors

Peggy Sonoda

Peggy Sonoda

President

Shirley Horacek

Shirley Horacek

Member

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.

William McCarthy

William McCarthy

Co-Vice President

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.

Brad Bilsten

Brad Bilsten

Treasurer

Lupita Sotelo

Lupita Sotelo

Member

Jim Verhulst

Jim Verhulst

Member

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.