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The ACK strives to advocate for art programs, artists, and public art throughout Kern County.


The mission of the appointed Poet Laureate of Kern County is to promote an appreciation of poetry as a literary art for listeners, readers, and writers of poetry.


Kern County community grants support capacity building of local arts organizations


Each year the ACK exhibits 6 up-and-coming visual artists giving them the opportunity to build their exhibition resume by producing their first show.




The Arts Council of Kern received a Professional Development grant through the California Arts Council. “Funding will support professional growth and leadership training opportunities for individual staff members, artists, arts administrators or arts educators employed by the applying organization.” (CAC website) With the support from the California Arts Council, and a qualified consultant, the Arts Council of Kern will perform a board assessment of strengths according to the Standards of Organization Effectiveness and Developing-Operational-Advancing in nonprofit management.  The consultant will address an eight plus board member expansion, a new strategic plan, County budget cuts and program expansions.  Our desired outcome is to better serve the smaller communities in our county at large.