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Photography Exhibit at DANA

Image Shown: “Headdress,” Maidu dancer, c. 2004

Filled with stunning photographs revealing the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Native Californian cultures, She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar is a new statewide traveling exhibition.

The exhibit, which is being hosted at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center from May until mid-July, features portraits and landscapes that subvert the typical romanticized narrative of Native peoples.

The exhibit is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM and Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM. Admission is $5.


She Sang Me A Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilaris a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, Heyday Books, and the Native Fund, curated by Theresa Harlan and artist Dugan Aguilar.

The DANA Adobe Cultural Center is Open!

After many years of hard work, planning, and construction, the DANA Adobe Cultural Center had its much anticipated grand opening on May 20 and is now open to the public!

The Cultural Center is about 4,500 square feet and is meant for the community’s use, with the capacity to be a gallery, classroom, and an event space, as the building is equipped with a commercial kitchen. The Cultural Center is open to the public on Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM and on Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. So come by and check out our ongoing exhibits, such as SLOPE paintings and “She Sang Me a Good Luck Song,” a statewide traveling exhibition.

Look forward to the completion of the Chumash Interpretive Area, expansion of the nature trails throughout the 130-acre property, developing the exhibits, restoration and beautification improvements, and much more!

NatureFest Info & Booths

*If you’re interested in volunteering during NatureFest, click here.*

Sunday, May 20

12 PM – 4 PM

@ The DANA Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo

Join us at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center for our annual NatureFest!

This FREE family event will bring together partners in environmental education to showcase a variety of fun activities for all ages, including:

  • Live animals
  • Guided trail walks
  • Hands-on activities for kids
  • Pony rides
  • Presentations
  • And much more!

DANA will also be hosting an extra special grand opening celebration at 10 AM for the newly constructed Visitor’s Center! Don’t miss this chance to create fond new memories and explore the wonders of nature at the Dana Adobe!

Participating Organizations:
  • Zoo to You
  • Boy Scout Troop 450
  • Cal Poly Herpetology
  • Campfire Central Coast of California
  • Happy Trails Pony Rides
  • La Purisima
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Natural History Museum Santa Maria
  • Nipomo Library
  • Oceano Dunes State Park Docents
  • Orcutt Mineral Society
  • Pacific Wildlife Care
  • Rancho El Chorro
  • San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
  • SLO County APCD
  • SLOPE Painters – Check out the Art Exhibit being hosted at DANA along with their booth!
  • SunWork Renewable Energy Projects
  • Tidepool Adventures
  • Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter
  • Monarch Radio
  • Sun Works
  • Barry Kuafman
  • Camp Ocean Pines
  • Heavenly Hot Dogs and Hawaiian Shaved Ice – Will provide food for purchase

DANA Featured on News Talk KVEC!

Guest host Teri Bayus invites Executive Director, Marina Washburn, to announce the Grand Opening and NatureFest on News Talk 920 KVEC!