In commemoration of Black History Month, Downtown SLO is pleased to partner with local organization R.A.C.E. Matters as a venue in the month-long, multimedia, multi-location event series entitled BELONGING. The BELONGING program Portraits and Perspectives: photography and oral history excerpts will be on display at the Downtown SLO office at 1135 Chorro and the San Luis Obispo Library in downtown. Other events in the BELONGING program include a documentary screening, Black business leaders forum and evening of live storytelling. Some events have limited space and require reservations. See for details.

Downtown Dates and Locations:

February 1st through April 30th Portraits and Perspectives at Downtown SLO, 1135 Chorro. Photographer Renoda Campbell shares portraits of prominent San Luis Obispo Black community members from all walks of life, and a front window display will honor Maxine Lewis, the community activist who worked tirelessly until her death in 1988 to champion the rights of the unsheltered, the underfed, and the disadvantaged.

February 1st through April 30th Portraits and Perspectives at San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St.

February 7th Art After Dark at Downtown SLO, 6 – 9 p.m. opening reception with the artists and organizers, featuring wines from Black-owned wineries and made by Black winemakers, including Indigene Cellars, McBride Sisters Collection, and Lumen Wines of Los Alamos

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About the presenting agency:
R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County is a community-based organization that amplifies the voices of Black and other People of Color, in an effort to build an actively anti-racist Central Coast. For more information, see

About Downtown SLO
Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities and examining Downtown issues. For more information, please visit our website at