The Story

In 1948 wildcatters struck oil in a remote region of California's Central Coast.  They believed it would be the 'American Saudi Arabia'.  What proceeded was the construction of vibrant mid-century company town with a high-standard of living. By 1978 the industry accessible oil was gone, the company left, and the community began to change.


Our Place

The Blue Sky Center is a repurposed and evolving rural development center that features impressive mid-century industrial architecture dating back to 1950. The Center is designed to be a rural community center focused on investing and redeveloping the community around the principles of financial, social, and environmental equity.

What We Do

Blue Sky Center is designed to host and support a variety of credible and professional creative ventures, unique programming, and event experiences that align with our mission, vision and aims.

What We Don't Do

Fund or support risky start-up projects, unproven social business models, or any event, venture, or organization that does not align with the rural, pioneering spirit of our wonderful community.

Inquiry Process

Our Top Circle & Community Circle reviews and vets any proposed partnership or collaboration through the lens of dynamic governance and set criteria.

topcircle@bluskycenter.org

We're climbing mountains to achieve a more equitable future. Learn how you can support our mission, vision, and aims and become involved.

We're climbing mountains to achieve a more equitable future. Learn how you can support our mission, vision, and aims and become involved.

By The Numbers

We are recipients of a sizable impact investment that includes land, infrastructure, and equipment. We're working with our partners to develop these assets to regenerate the land, economy, and community.

  • Twenty-two-thousand square feet of existing buildings

  • Four thousand foot private runway

  • Two-hundred-fifty acres of alluvial farmland
  • Thirty-eight acres of land available for new, low impact, rural housing innovation

Stage of Development

We are a 501c3 non-profit working as a rural development organization. Right now we've completed improvements to four main assets.

We have a foothold on the property and collaboration with community but there are plenty of additional opportunities for equitable impact investment from both the private and public sector.

Learn how you can join or team or become involved in the organization.

Flagship Blue Sky Building

Our Flagship Building houses office space, conference rooms, multi-purpose space, restrooms, kitchen, and a break-room.

Camp Shelton Huts Our hut dwellings are utilized for our hospitality venture, private events, and artist in residency programing.

Camp Shelton Huts

Our hut dwellings are utilized for our hospitality venture, private events, and artist in residency programing.

Khalili Cantina Originally built in 1986 by celebrated Iranian born Architect Nader Khalili, the Cantina is utilized for events, gatherings, and pop-up vending.

Khalili Cantina

Originally built in 1986 by celebrated Iranian born Architect Nader Khalili, the Cantina is utilized for events, gatherings, and pop-up vending.

Private Runway / L88 General aviation runway utilized for recreational purposes. Visit www.flycuyama.com for more information on aviation opportunities.

Private Runway / L88

General aviation runway utilized for recreational purposes. Visit www.flycuyama.com for more information on aviation opportunities.

Made in Cuyama Warehouse The MIC Warehouse contains unique shops and studios, including a functioning wood-shop, design & meeting room, and screenprinting shop.

Made in Cuyama Warehouse

The MIC Warehouse contains unique shops and studios, including a functioning wood-shop, design & meeting room, and screenprinting shop.

Alluvial Farmland & Residential Land Over 300 acres of alluvial farmland for regenerative agriculture and land available for new, low impact rural housing innovation.

Alluvial Farmland & Residential Land

Over 300 acres of alluvial farmland for regenerative agriculture and land available for new, low impact rural housing innovation.

 

Under (Re)design

The Theatre / Cold Storage Originally constructed for storage our long term plans are for cold storage for agriculture and a stage / outdoor theater for events, retreats, and gatherings.

The Theatre / Cold Storage

Originally constructed for storage our long term plans are for cold storage for agriculture and a stage / outdoor theater for events, retreats, and gatherings.

The Studio / Bunkhouse Orginally build for lockers, showers, and shop activities, the Bunkhouse Studio will repurposed long term for overnight accommodations, artist-in-residency programs, and live-work space.

The Studio / Bunkhouse

Orginally build for lockers, showers, and shop activities, the Bunkhouse Studio will repurposed long term for overnight accommodations, artist-in-residency programs, and live-work space.

The Garage Our garage building is currently home to our 12kW solar installation and houses a mechanic shop, welding shop and storage facillities. We are still designing a long term use for this building.

The Garage

Our garage building is currently home to our 12kW solar installation and houses a mechanic shop, welding shop and storage facillities. We are still designing a long term use for this building.