BMOA Visual Arts Festival 2019 call to artists

Bakersfield Museum of Art is calling all artists living in California to submit up to three (3) new or recent best works to this juried competition. The theme is “Sublime,” and submitted works of art must adhere to the theme for a chance to have the art on display/consignment from May 9 -Aug 18, 2019. Digital submission deadline is April 25.

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The California Casualty Music and Arts Grant is open, deadline is 6/30/19

This grant was established to help California K-12 public schools that are negatively impacted by reduced budgets. Grants of $250 are available. 

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California Arts and Accessibility Grant is now available as of 2/06/2019

Program offers support to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities 

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California Arts Council is looking for a new Arts in Corrections Program Manager 

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Writer/Producer Allan Katz is conducting a workshop at Hodel’s on February 16th, 2019.

Hosted by the Writers of Kern, this workshop is titled “Writing Comedy for TV, Movies, and Stage,” and is from 9:15 -11:30 a.m.  It is open to the public. For more information, click here. 


Words Come to Life Event kicks off on Friday, February 22

The first in a 3 part series, this event is a poetry inspired art show. It will be held at The Idea Hive, 1910 19th St., Bakersfield, CA 93301. 5 – 8 p.m. The second event will be on March 22, and the third on Friday March 19. For more information, click here


Feb. 7th, 2019 – Stories on the Sidewalk event is almost sold out! If you want tickets, there are still a few available in the early afternoon. 

To purchase tickets, click on the Stories on the Sidewalk link at the top of this page, located directly under the logo. Select your preferred tour time and click on it. If it is sold out, it will say “out of stock.” Don’t give up, try another tour time!

Here’s the Bakersfield Californian’s latest article on the event by Stefani Dias:



Early Bird Deadline for Writers of Kern Spring Conference has been extended!


Conference date is March 16, 2019.


Early Bird pricing is still in effect! 

Make your reservations today to spend your time with these two outstanding speakers: 

Morning workshop with Amy Friedman — “Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, in this workshop you’ll learn new ways to hook your readers–how, where and when to begin, how to tighten those saggy middles, and methods for creating powerful and enduring endings.” 
Afternoon workshop with Adam Berg — “Everyone can be funny, even though many people think they are not. It’s a skill that can be developed and crafted with experience and education. You will learn the four types of comedy and how to use them, basic formation of set-ups and pay-offs, how to convert jokes from the page to the screen. And ‘the meaning of life.'”

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Call to Artists Opportunity with The Wonderful Company


Deadline for work to be submitted is February 3, 2019.

Project: Commissioned work that will eventually go on corporate material. The scope of the work is not defined yet, but will entail images and designs that bring Kern County to life. Ex. 10 images/drawings that define Kern County


Ideal Artist: We are looking for someone with a connection to The Wonderful Company, of any sort, as we believe this connection will strengthen the story the art will tell. Please do not allow a lack of a connection to keep you from submitting your portfolio or inquiring further.


Medium: Preference of watercolor, acrylic, or pastels, but all other mediums welcome. Actively not seeking digital cartoonists at this time.


Timeline: Portfolios submitted within next week (Feb. 3, 2019) and work to begin in late February.


Contact Information: If interested, please contact Kaitlyn Yates at Please include samples of your work.

Deadlines are looming for California Arts Council grants!


Upcoming deadlines: 6 grant opportunities due Dec. 19

California Arts Council’s next grant deadline is less than a week away! Applications for the Artists in CommunitiesArts and Public MediaArts Education ExposureJUMP StArtsResearch in the Arts, and Veterans in the Arts programs are due by December 19.

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Call for Upcoming 2019 Poet Laureate Nominations

Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2019. For information:Poet Laureate Final Application-updated-for 2019

Kern Dance Alliance is seeking its 2019 Board of Directors, and student interns.

Deadline is January 11, 2019. For more information click here