Central Coast Coalition of Arts Leaders

Central Coast Coalition of Arts Leaders

We need your help to get the attention of our elected officials!

The Clark Center and other performing venues and organizers have a big problem.

There are currently no official plans in place to reopen performing arts venues, allow live theatre or concerts for small groups (outdoors or indoors). There are also no plans to allow performing artists to gather in small groups for recordings, in any of the mandated stages listed for safe reopening.

The State of California has somehow completely overlooked music and live performances in the California Department of Health’s Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers.

As a result, we, the presenters, performers and artists of SLO County, and the state of California, must now take responsibility.

We are encouraging the development of such a plan, as there has been no unified advocacy effort on this issue to date.

What can YOU Do to help?

Please compose an email to your mayor, city council or CSD representative, your county supervisor and, if you have time, your California assembly member and State Senator.

You may use the links below to find your representatives by using either your home address, your venue/organization address or both.

Compose a personal email, and perhaps attach the letter signed by all members of the C3OAL.

The more letters  that elected officials receive, the more we hope they will pay attention.

If you need some help composing your email, you can start with the following simple template:


Dear ______,

As a resident of _______ in San Luis Obispo County and an active member of the arts community, I am seeking your help for one of the hardest-hit industries in the country: the performing arts.

At the present time, live concerts, theatre, dance and other live events are not allowed in any of California’s counties.

But worse than that, live performances are currently not included anywhere within California’s Roadmap to Recovery.

We do not wish these venues to open to audiences before it is safe.

However, teh venues desperately need more flexibility and clarity regarding the types of live performance activities that could be possible over the coming months.

When and how can these performing arts venues safely reopen their doors or hold outdoor performances?

Please see the attached letter, signed by 36 local arts leaders, for more information about their predicament and their request.

We appreciate your attention and your assistance in making our voices heard at the state and local level.

Thank you for your work during this challenging time.

PDF Letter to Attach 


If you do not know who your county supervisor or state representative is, please use the links below to find out.

Email addresses and phone numbers for many of our local and state officials are also listed.

 Find your County Supervisor: https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Board-of-Supervisors/Services/Find-My-Supervisor.aspx

 Find your Representatives (State and Federal) https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/who-are-my-representatives San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors

Lynn Compton, District 4, Chair (805) 781-4337 / lcompton@co.slo.ca.us
John Peschong, District 1 (805) 781-4491 / jpeschong@co.slo.ca.us
Bruce Gibson, District 2 (805) 781-4338 / bgibson@co.slo.ca.us
Debbie Arnold, District 5 (805) 781-4339 / darnold@co.slo.ca.us
Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer 805-781-5011 / whorton@co.slo.ca.us

State of California Governor Gavin Newsom –
Phone: (916) 445-2841
1303 10th Street, Suite
1173 Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Use this form to send an email:

Sandra Shewry, Acting Director of Public Health (916) 558-1700 /

Representatives Jordan Cunningham, State Assembly District 35
(805) 549-3381

Bill Monning, State Assembly District 17
(805) 549-3784

City of San Luis Obispo
To email City of SLO City Council:
Derek Johnson, City Manager: djohnson@slocity.org

Please click the links below for individual contact information for these cities:
City of Arroyo Grande
City of Atascadero
City of Morro Bay
City of Paso Robles
City of Pismo Beach

Thank you for your efforts!