Art Instructor Needed at Inclusion Films 

Applicants need to be film savvy and have wardrobe experience. Salary is DOE, from $14 – $25 per hour. Part-time up to full-time, weekdays only. If interested, please contact Dale Opandy at 661-324-7400 or email


Training Opportunities in Denver

 Can you guess the #1 soft skill employers look for? Whether you’re looking for the answer to this question or training opportunities, click here.

Call to Artists

The Arts Council of Kern is hiring artists to paint murals for Phase II of the Panorama Park Beautification Project. Application deadline is August 9, 2019. 
For more information, click here 

For a downloadable description of the project, artist’s pay,  and photos of items to be painted, click here

For a downloadable application, click here

IMPORTANT – For a complete artist’s checklist, including who to email everything to, click here


Call to Artists for annual Italian Street Painting event

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is looking for professional and student artists for this year’s Via Arte event. This event will be held at The Marketplace in Bakersfield, over the weekend of Oct. 19-20, 2019. Deadline to apply is Sept. 20, 2019.

For more information, click here. 



The Arts Council of Kern is awarded a Veterans in the Arts Grant

The California Arts Council awarded The Arts Council of Kern a Veterans in the Arts Grant for $14,625.00. This grant runs through May of 2020, and is for music lessons for Veterans and their families, specifically creative expressions through playing the guitar and/or piano. For more information, click here.

Mini Con Festival is coming to Beale Memorial Library on Aug. 3, 2019

The Beale Memorial Library is hosting the 2nd annual Mini Con on Aug. 3 from 10 AM – 4 PM. Free to vendors and general public. For more information, click here

 Scholarship Opportunity to attend 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in LA

This event runs June 20-22 and allows leaders in the arts, government, grant making and community and economic development to collaborate on creative placemaking.
To apply for a partial scholarship (worth $180) to attend the event, write a brief statement of why you would like to attend and what you hope to bring back to your community in an e-mail to: 
For more information:

The Arts Council of Kern receives prestigious NEA grant for Frazier Park radio station 

The National Endowment of the Arts has given a grant of $10,000 to The Arts Council of Kern for the Community Radio KFZR Expansion Project in Frazier Park.

The Community Radio KFZR Expansion Project will increase KFZR’s original locally produced programming content to include new broadcasts that reflect Frazier Park, CA. and its surrounding communities’ arts and artist population. These broadcasts will include local shows and performances such as storytelling, music, comedy, theater plays, and similar cultural activities highlighting the numerous arts opportunities and large artists population that live and create in the mountain communities.

For complete press release, click here


The Arts Bring Millions of Dollars to the Central Valley of California

For a complete report on the annual impact of the Creative Arts industry in the state of California and the Central Valley, click here


Calling all artists for the Chalk the Walk Event at Beale Memorial Library

 The event is free and open to the public, however amateur and professional artists alike are especially encouraged to participate. 

The library’s only request is that the art be family friendly.

Water and children’s sidewalk chalk will be provided. (Artists may also bring their own chalk.) Chalk artists may also bring pop up tents for shade.

Children who wish to participate in the event may utilize space in our atrium without registration. All children who will be participating outside of the library must be supervised by an adult.

Squares in the front of the library are roughly 11×11 and are available on a first come first serve basis or by pre-registration at the number 661-868-0701.

For more information, click here


Harry Wilson Photographs at Monterey Museum of Art

    Harry Wilson photographs from the 1960s will be on display at the Monterrey Museum of Art through May 12, 2019. Museum address is 559 Pacific St. Monterey, CA. More info:  831-372-5477, or

For more information, click here


Teaching Opportunity with Independence Through Grace

     This Art Instructor/ Independent Contractor position pays $35/hour, with a format  comprised of four-week sessions. The sessions will last two hours each and will be offered one day per week. The art instructor will lead sessions and be assisted by the program mentors and volunteers.  There will be six to nine adult participants in each session. Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

For more information, click here


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.

For more information, click here


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. 

For more information, click here


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 

For more information, click here


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

For more information, click here


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.'”

 For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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.

More info.:

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