(A Collaborative Effort of Studios on the Park, the San Luis Obispo County Diversity Coalition, the SLO County YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mid-Central Coast)
Recent years have witnessed growing racial and intergroup tensions over expanding American multiculturalism—including, sadly, growing public conflict and violence. In ways rarely before seen in our modern history, racially-charged police shootings, anti-immigrant sentiment, and associated public discord have truly tested our national creed: E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One).
At the same time, many hopeful signs are all around us that our ever-resilient society is embracing our growing diversity: integration of diverse groups in our political and economic institutions has never been greater; popular music, culture, and education have also never been more diverse and inclusive; and growing rates of multiracial childbirth have been notable during the past decade.
Our January 2021 Atrium Show, One America: A Survey of American Diversity, is intended to engage our entire community in a constructive examination of our changing demographic make up and the opportunities it affords all of us to continue advancing even more fully as one nation.
The show will build on an exciting collaboration of multiple anchor organizations in the California Central Coast region, including Studios on the Park, the San Luis Obispo County Diversity Coalition, the SLO County YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mid-Central Coast.
Working together, these multiple organizations will invite youth in our schools and communities, as well as interested professional artists to contribute original art in multiple forms (paintings and drawings, film and photography, sculpture, and print works)—all intended to examine the benefits of our nation’s expanding diversity, as well as the many enduring values that fundamentally bind us as a nation.
The month-long program will build around the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday commemorating one of our nation’s most revered champions of racial and intergroup harmony.