American Institute of Architects Central Coast and San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum announce via dei Colori SLO

By Micah D. Smith, AIA

May 13, 2014

San Luis Obispo, CA – The American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter (AIACCC) is excited to announce a new partnership with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum to present the first annual via dei Colori SLO, taking place September 13th and 14th, 2014. Over the past 13 years, AIACCC has partnered with Children’s Creative Project on a similar Italian street painting festival at the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza called iMadonnari. Via dei Colori SLO will be the same great event with a brilliant new name that translates from Italian as “street of colors.”

As the opportunity arose this year for AIA Central Coast to find a new partner, it did not take long to recognize the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum as a perfect new co-sponsor for the popular event that attracts over 10,000 visitors each year. In keeping with a 23-year SLO tradition, via dei Colori SLO will feature dozens of talented artists, many of whom travel from out of state to participate. The new event will take place mid-September in downtown SLO under the backdrop of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

AIACCC and the Children’s Museum share a strong, long-standing commitment to childhood art education, so both organizations are naturally excited about the new partnership. AIACCC’s fundraising efforts continue to provide scholarships each year for local school art programs, while the Children’s Museum has been an invaluable local resource for children since 1990 as a place where lasting memories are created in a playful learning environment. The new partnership will better serve local schools with fundraising from a broader donor base, as well as a greater number of dedicated volunteers.

More information is expected to be released in the coming weeks, however anyone with interest or questions is encouraged to contact AIACCC or Children’s Museum for more information. Contacts are provided below.

About American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter

The American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter was founded in 1979 as a local chapter of the AIA, the primary professional organization for American architects. AIACCC provides a network connecting architects with architects-in-training, as well as affiliated professionals and vendors with the goal of improving the built environment while enriching the natural environment through sustainable initiatives such as the AIA 2030 Challenge. For more information please visit

About the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Each year, the Children’s Museum is proud to offer tens of thousands of children, their families, caregivers and teachers a variety of educational experiences that enrich their lives. Program and activity information can be found at or by calling (805) 545-5874.


To learn more about this event, please contact

Heidi Gibson, AIA, (805) 594-0771 or

Micah D. Smith, AIA, (805) 704-7118

AIA Central Coast

P.O Box 15339

San Luis Obispo CA 93406

Office: (805) 544-1734