For nearly 90 years, The Coastal Awakening has been occurring as an arts and cultural movement centered within and around San Luis Obispo County, where the physical landscape reflects a union of heart and mind. The Coastal Awakening honors and preserves the spirit of contemplation and creative alchemy indigenous to California’s central coast by advocating for cultural activities that celebrate human potential initiatives in and beyond San Luis Obispo County. The not-for-profit group works in partnership with the Shanbrom Family Foundation and other 501(c)(3) organizations to award individual and group micro-grants to Central Coast writers, artists, musicians and creatives of varied disciplines who embody and demonstrate an awakened way of being in the world that honors the land and self-liberation through their arts and avocations. The group intends to conserve the spirit of creative experimentation that manifests in the diverse vision of Central Coast inhabitants.