Art Care

The Arts Council of Kern and local hospitals partner up to provide the musical and visual arts to patients, their families, and their caregivers during their stay at the hospital. This program engages participants in the creative healing process



Brenda Hunter and Dave Ogden


Brenda Hunter and Dave Ogden love playing for the ArtCare program at San Joaquin Hospital. “We’ve had a patient’s family member sit next to us in the hospital lobby and say that they “felt better already.”  We’ve been told by doctors, nurses and patients that our music is “soothing,” and that “music therapy is good therapy.”  Helping patients and nurses relax and find some comfort in music is very rewarding to us.”
Brenda is a full time teacher at East High School, where she directs the Piano Lab. She also plays with the band Banshee in the Kitchen, a celtic music ensemble that performs all over California. She has a B.A. in music from Cal State Bakersfield, and along with harp which she plays for the ArtCare program she also plays fiddle, hammered dulcimer and piano. She has a solo solo cd out, along with several cd’s with the bands Briar Rose, Blarney Rubble and Banshee in the Kitchen.
Dave runs Clear Creek Recording, a recording studio based in Keene, CA, and plays fingerstyle guitar, the wooden concert flute of the 19th century, banjo and other instruments. He has a solo guitar cd out, along with cd’s with the bands The Sunday Drivers and Blarney Rubble.

Adventist Health Tehachapi

 Judith Campanaro is our Art Care practitioner at Adventist Health Tehachapi.  She wheels her cart filled with paints, brushes and canvases into patient rooms twice a week.  Residents know when Judith enters, gloom and doom flee.