veterans in the arts

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With the support from the California Arts Council, the Arts Council of Kern in partnership with the Bakersfield Veterans Center and Portrait of a Warrior Gallery provided guitar and keyboard music lessons to veterans and their families free of charge taught by qualified teaching musicians. Classes culminated in a free recital for participants' families and friends.

The Bakersfield Veterans Center is the hub for Kern County veterans' needs and activities. They have reached thousands of county service members and their families over the course of their history. John French, Dustin Powell and Martin Cerin played a central role in teaching Kern County veterans music over the course of this program.