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Our Mission

The Arts Council of Kern’s mission is...

to provide arts education, access, and advocacy to all Kern County residents and visitors. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and are the designated local arts agency for Kern County.

We serve our mission in partnership with the California Arts Council, the County of Kern, and local agencies. Taking cues from community leaders, underserved populations, and the art-going public, the ACK endeavors to more accurately serve the county and its people by introducing new ways of thinking about art while also giving financial support to artists, creatives, and organizations that have been working diligently to bring the arts to Kern County.

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Our Vision

The ACK prides itself on connecting directly with our constituents to serve our community best. By supporting projects that reflect the values and cultural heritage of the people within Kern County, our organization can more accurately uplift, involve, and highlight the many voices we serve. The ACK works to build a solid case for including creative endeavors and the support of individuals working in the arts.

Local community leaders’ recent acceptance of the arts comes from a concerted leveraging of the county’s endemic cultural variety and arts opportunities. The public has asked for more creative activities, arts access, and additional arts funding. Through the council’s programming, cultural diversity, and the sheer number of artists in Kern County, we’ve restructured ACK to fulfill these needs.

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Our Values

Working to make art part of our culture in Kern County, ACK understands the necessity to acknowledge all forms of craft and cultural production. This understanding will help build a solid foundation for future endeavors.

ACK connects traditional indigenous practice, lowrider car culture, and public art to support historically-overlooked populations and their contributions to the vast web of our shared creative heritage.

We value inclusivity, diversity, creativity, and collaboration among our core values.

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Permits and Vendor location assignments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vendors must apply for their First Friday Art Walk Vendor Permit and meet specific requirements (See permit application requirements) before receiving their permit and designated location.