The ACK produces several events and programs to provide the community access to the arts.


A monthly public arts event in downtown Bakersfield highlighting the best up-and-coming artists of Kern County.


Each spring, some of the best painters from the western United States capture the Kern County landscape on canvas in this unique competition.


The Arts Council of Kern received a grant from the Chevron Corporation to help fund our ArtCare program. This program is in conjunction with Adventist Health Hospital in which local musicians play live music on site to create an art for healing atmosphere for patients, their families, caregivers, and hospital staff.

Current Arts Council of Kern programs/events as of June 2019

1. Art Walk

2. Stories on the Sidewalk

3. Kern Behavioral and Recovery Services

4. KC  Poet Laureate

5. Panorama Art Project

6. Art Care

7. Access Center Gallery

8. Arts in Corrections

9. Community Grants

10. Artists in Communities Arvin CAC

11. Wasco Rec. & Parks Summer program

12. Words Come To Life

13. Annual KC Plein Air Festival



The Nomadic Mural Project: A Tapestry of Woven Cultures and Customs

The Arts Council of Kern received a Local Impact grant through the California Arts Council.   “The Local Impact (LI) program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities.” (CAC website) This grant will fund a project in association with artists Michelle Glass and Hataya Tubtim called The Nomadic Mural Project: A Tapestry of Woven Cultures and Customs. This team will conduct a series of fiber art workshops directly within the Arvin community. After considering their personal connections to place and history, participants will respond by sketching out a design inspired by their surrounding landscapes, which will then be woven using naturally dyed fibers and fabric

Rexland Acres Mural

Through a grant provided by the California Endowment, the Arts Council of Kern facilitated the painting of this mural, completed in November 2017, by local artist Garrett Memering at Rexland Acres Park located on E. Fairview Rd. between Highway 99 and Cottonwood Rd. in east Bakersfield.

Wasco Mural Project

Under Construction