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The Year At A Glance: 2011 Was The Year Of NEW

Beginning in January, the Arts Council will have a new home! Come visit our new location at the Access Center, 1330 Truxtun Avenue, Suite B, at the corner of Truxtun and L Street. We will now be adjacent to the Younger Gallery (1430 Truxtun) and the Betty Younger Sculpture Garden. Our thanks go to Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christine Lizardi Frazier, for her continuing generosity in providing office space for the Arts Council, and to Milt and Betty Younger for making the Younger Gallery available to us.

The ACK staff stand by a fountain in the Betty Younger Sculpture Garden located outside their new office: Laura Lollar Wolfe, Nicole SaintJohn, Carlin Jones, Michael Millar, Kari Hunter Heilman, Jill Egland, and Nicole McKenzie.

Laura Lollar Wolfe New executive director: Michael Millar joined the Arts Council of Kern in July. Previous ED, Jeanette Richardson Parks, served the Council for almost 10 years before retiring in January. New board president: David Coffey, owner of Modern Office Environments, is the new president of the board of directors. Cathy Butler finished her third term a president and remains on the board. New board members: Cece Algra, Tony Martinez, Lawton Darren Powers, and Kala Stuebbe joined the board. Retiring board members were Christine Goedhart-Humphrey, Lili Marsh, and Anthony Nuno. New funders: California Council of the Humanities, Kern Community Foundation, The California Endowment, Rabobank, and The Gas Company made gifts totaling close to $160,000. New partnerships: The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital opened in June with healing art throughout created by Jill Thayer. The City of Arvin hired the Arts Council to plan the art for their signature five-acre park, Garden in the Sun. In the coming year, we will finish the project involving students and apprentice artists to create murals and mosaic benches. New programs: Creating Community was successfully launched. Three exhibitions were

Directors Message..................2 Grant Awarded Arts As Vocation ......................3 Kern Film Workshop Outside In Grants Update ..........................3 Visual Arts ................................4 Creating Community Animal House Exhibit Arts Education .........................5 Young Audiences Who Makes It Happen ......... 6-7 Arts In Healthcare Coalition ...8 ArtCare ArtCare & Community Grants ..9 House Concerts .....................10 Support the Series Musicians Outreach Project Donor/Member Listings ........11 Arts Calendar .........................12

put on and non-profit partners were Kern River Parkway Foundation, First Book, and ADAA. The initial program was so successful that we received funding from the James Irvine Foundation to continue the program in the second year. The second cohort launched their year in October with Inhale, an exhibit benefitting the Panorama Vista Preserve. New Young Audience Staff and Catalog: Thanks to a grant from a donor-advised fund at Kern Community Foundation, we have added a half-time staff person and created a new print version of the Young Audiences catalog. Our goal is to double the number of school visits and children served in 2011-12. New flooring and layout at the Younger Gallery: The Younger Gallery got a facelift over the summer and opened with the first annual Ceramic Artists of Kern County. New offices: As of December 19, 2011, our new address will be 1330 Truxtun Avenue, Suite B. Renewed Events: Couples of Accomplishment honored Superior Court Judge Robert Tafoya and Kern Community College District President Sandra Serrano at a reception held at the Bell Tower Club. Mary K. Shell, the previous recipient, shared the evening with them. Also, Betty and Milt Younger opened Please see New on page 9


Dr. Michael W. Millar

Arts Council Board Swings Into Action!

Davis, Jan Fulton, Lynne Hall, Tony Martinez; Volunteer/ Shortterm Projects: Denise Amigh (Chair), Cathy Butler, Carole Cohen, Anthony Goss, Jorge Guillen, Kala Stuebbe. Of course, a big thank you goes out to our Executive Committee David Coffey, Andrew Fishkin, Lynne Hall, and Jan Fultonfor their ongoing advice and support. Thanks again to Cathy Butler for her three stellar years as ACK President. Mary Amelia-Reyna is rotating off the board in order to dedicate more time to her artistic pursuits, and we are grateful for her six years of board service. As we enter the holiday season, we realize how fortunate we are to be able to serve all of the citizens and communities of Kern County. With an amazing network of community partners, audiences, members, and contributors, the staff, board, and artists of the Arts Council feel truly blessed. In the year ahead, we invite you to enrich your lives through participation in the arts. Attend concerts and exhibits. Support our youth through involvement in school arts programs. Become a member of the Arts Council, and support other arts organizations of your choice. Strengthen the Arts Councils partnership with the California Arts Council by purchasing an Arts License Plate and by participating in the Tax Checkoff for the Arts campaign when filing your California tax return. Thanks again for a fantastic 2011 and for an even better 2012. Together we will continue to make Kern County a great place to live, work, and raise a family!

Executive Board members for 2011-12 are Dr. Lynne Hall, David Coffey, Jan Fulton, and Dr. Michael Millar.

ince joining the Arts Council of Kern as Executive Director in July, I have been consistently impressed with the commitment to the arts and to our community demonstrated by our dynamic Board of Directors. Combined with the energy and expertise of the Arts Council staff, we truly have a winning team dedicated to changing lives through the arts every day! Under the leadership of new board President David Coffey, we have added new board members Dr. Richard Collins, Tony Martinez, Lawton Darren Powers, and Kala Stuebbe, bringing our total board membership to 22. Our board for 2011-12 is: David Coffey (President) Andrew Fishkin (Vice President) Jan Fulton (Treasurer) Dr. Lynne Hall (Secretary) Cathy Butler (Immediate Past President) Cece Algra Denise Amigh Chela Brehmer Nancy Clark Pamela Clement Betty Younger Carole Cohen Dr. Richard Collins Jim Davis Eileen Ettinger Anthony Goss Jorge Guillen Margaret Lemucchi Tony Martinez John Peltier Lawton Darren Powers Kala Stuebbe

2011-12 State-Local Partnership Program Grant Awarded

The Arts Council of Kern (ACK) was pleased to receive a $13,968 grant from the California Arts Council to fund some very important operational activities that help us better meet our mission of providing and promoting arts access, advocacy, and education for all residents and visitors to Kern County. Funding was requested for administrative support for the executive director and to launch our new donor management system. The ACK is known as one of the lead arts agencies in the county and is the only State-Local Partner. Receiving funds from the California Arts Council is important to our ability to serve this community by bringing quality arts programming to the cities and towns throughout Kern County, reviving arts in schools programming, and advocating for artists to be paid to increase their economic impact on the community. Public funding for the arts supports broad public access to the arts for the citizens of California. The California Arts Council has consistently recognized the importance of the arts and their role in building community by providing funds that enable Californians throughout the state to participate directly in the arts. The legislatures continued financial investment in the arts is critical to Kern County and our entire state. Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in the arts.

The board has developed a number of active committees for the coming year and is already hard at work in the following areas: Audit: Jan Fulton (Chair), John Peltier, Darren Powers; Community Grants: Anthony Goss (Chair), Cece Algra, Nancy Clark, Pamela Clement, Carole Cohen, Jim Davis, Margaret Lemucchi; Exhibition: Nancy Clark, Eileen Ettinger, Betty Younger; Governance: John Peltier (Chair), David Coffey, Richard Collins, Andrew Fishkin, Lynne Hall; Strategic Planning: Cathy Butler, David Coffey, Richard Collins, Jim


Jill Egland

Kern Film Workshop Expands

he Kern Film Workshop (KFW) is moving to a 42-week format: two 20-week cycles, and a two-week summer intensive, beginning January. The change will allow participants to engage in a deeper course of study and pursue internships, mentoring opportunities, and personal vocational goals. For the teaching team, the change will translate into the production of longer, feature-length films, and the prospect of moving into a cohort model, where participants are grouped according to interest and experience. The next cycle begins January 16th. Regional Center clients interested in participating should contact the ACK.
(Top) AIM student, Maria Romo, checks out Jeremy Pecoffs preparation for mask-making in the Kern Film Workshop Art Department. Jeremy is a part of a group of eight participants who come from outlying communities (Jeremy lives in Ridgecrest and resides in Bakersfield during the workshop) as part of a transition to independent living collective facilitated by Lisa Chestnutt of High Hope Services. (Middle) Film workshop participants stand next to the employee lockers and check out a time card, one of the many vocational exploration tools introduced in the fall cycle. (Bottom) Janet Hopkins bravely volunteered her downtown State Farm office to be used as a location in the Kern Film Workshops latest production. With a smile on her face, she watched as the Art Department time traveled the office to Christmas, 1968. And she even enthusiastically grabbed a photo of the film crew while the disassembly/reassembly took place. Talk about a good neighbor!

The Arts Council was awarded two grants based on the inclusion work we have engaged in over the past seven years. California Arts Council: For the second year, the CAC has awarded the ACK a grant to work with at-risk high school students. Three Kern High School District campuses will participate in the 12-week residency: Alternative Instructional Methods (AIM), Aurora, and Constellation. To see the music video created last year by students at AIM, go to our Web site, at California Council for the Humanities: The ACK has received one of only 200 grants awarded this year by the CCoH, a state-level offspring of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funded project will bring neural-typical and special needs filmmakers together to create a documentary entitled The Democracy of Inclusion.


Outside In Artwork Recognized

aiser Permanente recently purchased a selection of work created by Kevin Mannatta, Xavier Junior Mejia, and Jose Patriz Clavel, members of Outside In, an informal collective of visual artists with special needs. The work is now a part of Kaisers permanent collection, on display in its newest facility on Chester and 26th streets in downtown Bakersfield. Clavel also received an honorable mention for work currently on display in the Animal House exhibit at the Younger Gallery.

Blue Frogs, by Outside In artist Jose Patriz Clavel, won an honorable mention in the Animal House exhibit at the Younger gallery in November. He received a myriad of art supplies as his reward. From the judges: This painting comes straight from the heart, totally lacking in pretensions.

This year, the Kern Film Workshop received funding from the Kern Autism Network (KAN) to scholarship three students without access to local Regional Center resources. At the premiere of the films created during this summers Two-Week Intensive, KAN was honored for their commitment to inclusion. Receiving the award on behalf of their board, was Holley Arbeit. Not only is she a KAN board member; she has served as the summer workshop resource specialist for the past three years. Thank you, KAN, and thank you, Holley! The mask was created by Amber Kaser.


Nicole Saint-John

Community Partnerships Continue to Grow

s a vital visual arts scene essential to the life of the community? At the Arts Council of Kern, we certainly think so and we have evidence that our community embraces this thought as well. We, as a community, began to recognize the value of visual arts, which means recognizing our own identity, culture, traditions, and the benefits of working together at a local level. This appreciation is reflected in a variety of successful annual events and programs which took root, like Via Arte and Altares de Familia (BMoA), First Fridays, Latination (Metro Galleries), Walk for the Arts, and Creating Community (our artist-in-residence program). The Creating Community program, now in its second year, is based on the concept of engaging and interacting with groups and organizations which are not necessarily part of the arts community. We want the participating artists to create and foster relationships of understanding, integration, and cooperation. For example, the last exhibition of the first years group, Highwire Act: Insights into Substance Abuse, was on display at the Todd Maddigan Gallery and then traveled to other sites on the Cal State University campus. This years group, with the benefit of a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, received a membership for the Preview Circle at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. This special membership gives the group a chance to learn more about other artists and art concepts inside and outside of our community.

The 2010/11 Creating Community artists were honored for their accomplishments at the opening reception of Highwire Act. From left to right: Claire Putney, Barbara Reid, Christine McKee, and Program Director Nicole Saint-John.

Animal House Exhibit Benefits SPCA

ooperation and integration are the two key words for all of our programs and exhibitions. Animal House our current exhibition on display at the Younger Gallery is a juried exhibition which benefits the SPCA of Bakersfield. San Joaquin Hospital is sponsoring this exhibition and we are helping them promote their Pet Partner program. This year we asked master artist David Furman from Claremont to judge the exhibition. His work has been displayed at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and he was a keynote speaker at this years California Art Education Conference. Here are the winners and what the judge had to say: Honorable Mentions: Betty Blair, Marcy Holbrook, Jose Patriz Clavel Curators Choice: Brynia Harris-Czubko Third Prize: Joseph D. Vasquez Judge: This photo isnt just a dog portrait; it captures a dog with considerable attitude! Second Prize: Barbara Reid Judge: A lovely and thoughtful perspective of something we see everyday but fail to pause and appreciate. Best of Show: Betty Finch Judge: Simply wonderful craftsmanship, coupled with a unique sense of humor!
(Top) Betty Finch won Best of Show with her Gourd Chihuahua. Photo courtesy of Robert Crewdson (Bottom) Brynia Harris-Czubko received the Curators Choice Award for her Painting Secret of the Kurrajong.


Nicole Saint-John

A Banner Year For Young Audiences Program

February In February the Arts Council of Kern received a generous grant from the Kern County Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund. David Dik, Executive Director of the national Young Audiences organization, visited Kern County and presented the concepts of arts-supported learning to supporters, board members, school administrators, and teachers. April The Arts Council hosted a professional development training class for mentor artists to use the adaptation of an Arts for Learning curriculum to support literacy and social skill development in students with Aspergers Syndrome and/or autism. Laura Wolfe and I visited the National Young Audiences conference in Indianapolis where I had the opportunity to present my own program adaptation for students with Aspergers Syndrome and high-functioning autism. House Concert artists became a vital part of the Young Audiences program. By inviting artists from outside of the county who are masters of their genre and teaching artists as well, we connected two successful Arts Council programs to benefit young people in Kern County. May Many teaching artists presented their programs and worked with students all over Kern County. We documented their works and interviewed students about the things they had learned during the workshops. The Arts Council of Kern received a grant from Chevron to add art-supported curricula to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs: turning STEM into STEAM. June I was chosen by the national Young Audiences organization to participate in their Leadership Institute program in New Orleans. What I learned there is beneficial to my job as program director here. August Even though schools were closed, Young Audiences delivered programs to summer camps! September The 2012 Young Audiences Teaching Artist Catalog was released and distributed to Kern County schools. October We established guidelines for the evaluation of teaching artist programs and created a screening committee, which will serve as a quality control committee. December With the help of Arts Council volunteer Michael Row, the new Young Audiences Web site will go online. It will provide detailed program information for teachers and school administrators and guidelines for teaching artists. The web address is:

Dance instructor Ephraim E-Baby Penn moves his young audience.

ne goal of the Arts Council is to make the arts an essential part of young peoples education. We want to introduce children to the visual and performing arts, and we want to provide proven arts-based instructional strategies to school teachers to help significantly increase student literacy in grades K through 8. Through our affiliation with the nations leading source of arts-in-education services, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, we are developing two major programs to accomplish this. The ACK teaching artist program is designed to train professional artists to be teaching artists who will work side-by-side with classroom teachers to introduce students to their particular art forms. The ACK Arts for Learning teachers program is designed to provide training, curricula, and arts-based instructional strategies to school teachers for use in their own classrooms. Kari Hunter-Heilman joined the YA team. She currently is responsible for school bookings, but her future role will be that of an Arts for Learning Associate, conducting professional development workshops for teachers. It was an exciting yearwe established many procedures, grew our group of talented teaching artists, trained mentor artists, but most importantly, we served thousands of young people by helping them understand and enjoy the world around them. This year has been a success for the Young Audiences program and I would like to share the highlights and accomplishments with you:

Who Makes It

The fact is, it takes much more than the staff to make the Arts Council the vital organization that it is. Our abilityand desire to partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals allows us to extend our reach across the county to provide a broad panoply of programs that include all ages, ethnicities, and abilities. So, a hearty thanks to you all: members, the Board, volunteers, sponsors, teaching artists, funding and program partners, educators, media agents, and government officials. Whether you have participated on the Exhibitions Committee, hosted a house concert, advocated for a teaching artist to come to your grandchilds room, or walked for the arts YOU are responsible for our success!


Imagine Ballet Company was one of dozens of non-profit organizations that participated in 2011 Walk for the Arts to raise money for their organization.



embled her her husband Marty ass Artist Terry Milobar and Exhibition at Annual Ceramic Artist the ceramic sculptures for the Younger Gallery.

Brenda Hunter with one of the colorful harpsicles used in the ArtCare program at San Joaquin Community Hospital.

Rudolphs Tree, by Destiny, age 14, created for San Joaquin Community Hospital and the Arts Council of Kerns ArtCare Program.
Students at summer camp Ozon e turned their dreams into goals in a visual arts workshop with Nicole Saint-John. A field trip to check out the masks in the Samarai exhibit at the Bakersfield Museum of Art catalyzed KFW participant Krista Hagans to think 3-D with her own piece.

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A new Arts Directory featuring contact information for artists, arts organizations and arts related businesses will be published online in January. This interactive directory will be the go-to guide for those looking for arts related activities in Kern County. Deadline to be included in the 2012 Arts Directory is January 6. To be included, please send your information to

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Kari Hunter Heilman

Kari Hunter Heilman

Healing Through The Arts

One of the ArtCare note cards featuring artwork by SJCH patient, Karisma age 7. The title of her piece is, Let it Snow.

Since 2009, visual artists and musicians have been visiting San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) bringing music and art to patients rooms, lobbies and waiting areas. The ArtCare Program is a partnership between SJCH and the Arts Council of Kern. Our combined goal is for SJCHs patients and their families to experience first hand, the healing aspects of art and music. Through the years, the ArtCare Program has flourished and we are thrilled to announce two exciting additions to the program right before 2011 ends. Our ArtCare visual artist, Linda Osburn, has been with the program from the beginning and has helped numerous patients create wonderful works of art. We are excited to see that these works of art are now being made into note cards that are available for purchase in SJCHs Gift Gallery. Each note cards image is created by a patient during their stay at the hospital and each card sold will benefit SJCHs new Cancer Center and the Arts Council of Kern. The second is ACK has purchased two Harpsicle Harps for patients to play during their stay at the hospital. Harpsicle Harps come in bright happy colors, are light and portable, well designed and sturdy. These harps make playing simple and fun and are commonly used in music therapy programs throughout the United States. With the tutelage of ArtCare musician, Brenda Hunter, we will see what these harpsicles can do for SJCH patients and their families.

Arts in Healthcare Coalition members Sandy Johnson and Leisha Bailey from San Joaquin Community Hospital, Sister Sherry Dolan from Mercy Hospital, and Kari Hunter Heilman from the Arts Council of Kern.

he Arts in Healthcare Coalition was created after a discussion between Sister Sherry Dolan, the Director for the Art for Healing Center at Mercy Hospital; Nicole Saint-John, Visual Arts Director at the Arts Council of Kern; and Kari Hunter Heilman, Program Manager, also at the Arts Council. Sister Sherry, after recently attending the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (www.thesah. org) conference in April, had an idea to form an Arts in Healthcare Coalition in Kern County. We discovered that through our combined experiences in working with hospitals and other health related organizations that we all shared

a common understanding that the arts or art making can be healing. We realized through a coalition made up of healthcare professionals, we could work together to create arts in healthcare programs, share resources, research funding opportunities, and many other benefits. We are excited to announce that our first meeting was a success, and we are looking forward to seeing how the coalition forms and grows as we continue to mold and shape it. If you work in a health related field, or know someone who does, and think that you might be interested in the Arts for Healthcare Coalition please email for more information.


Linda Osburn, ArtCare artist


Matthews Gift
Im sure all of you have at one time or another received a gift that really touched your heart. The other day I was the blessed one to receive a very special gift. I have been painting with patients at San Joaquin Community Hospital for two years through the ArtCare Program run by the Arts Council of Kern. Just recently, I met a young man there named Matthew, age 10. The first time Matthew and I painted together we had a fabulous time. In fact, he did so well I decided to leave him with a complementary paint set so he could keep painting. The next time I saw Matthew, he said that he wanted to give me a painting he had done during the week. This was the first time a patient had painted something for me! I was so thrilled and excited that he did the painting for me, but I told him I couldnt take it because the artist had not signed the painting. He smiled from ear to ear as he decided just how he should sign it. I told him it would hang in my studio and many people would see his painting. That was a big shot of happiness for Matthew. What a great present! Check out his painting; he explained he tried to paint the sky so the kite would look like it was waving around.

Kari Hunter Heilman

The Arts Council of Kerns 2012 Community Grant application is now available! Once a year the Arts Council funds local arts organizations doing extraordinary programs in our community. This granting program is made possible by the County Board of Supervisors and allows the Arts Council of Kern the opportunity to offer some financial aid in this difficult economy. This years applicants are asked to show how their arts organization will contribute to arts access, advocacy and/or education for Kern Countys residents and/or visitors. The 2012 application is available on our Web site at All applications are due on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by 5:00pm and grant recipients will be announced at the end of January. Dont miss this opportunity. Apply today!

2011 Grant Recipients to work in all aspects of the film industry. The week-intensive workshop this summer served autistic children as well. The latest film workshop started on October 17. Chevron, the Diane S. Lake Family, and the Walk for the Arts provided significant and ongoing support for our programs. The newest Chevron gift is helping us launch a new arts in schools programadding the A for Arts to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) curriculumwe will be Full STEAM ahead in the new year. Arts in healthcare programs are important to hospitals, patients, and employees. The new Kaiser Medical building opened in February with three floors of art purchased from Kern County artists. Our ArtCare program at San Joaquin Hospital expanded this year and with the creation of a new coalition of arts in healthcare provides, we will continue to better serve Kern County. Our year-end membership and donor drive is happening now! To help keep the Arts Council of Kern promoting and providing arts access, advocacy, and education to the residents of and visitors to Kern County, please make your gift today!
Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County (ADAKC) Arts for Earth Foundation Bakersfield Art Association Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens Foundation (BARC) Desert Area Resources and Training (DART) Desert Community Orchestra Association (DCOA) The Fox Theatre Foundation Imagine Ballet Company Mountain Shakespeare Festival Tehachapi Unified School District Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District The City of Taft The Theatre Arts Productions, Spotlight Theatre Department, California State University, Bakersfield

Honorees for the 2011 Couples of Accomplishment are Judge Robert Tafoya (L), and Dr. Sandra Serrano (R), with Mary Kay Shell who was the first recipient of this award.

Continued from page 1 their home for Pasta Primavera, a fund raising event that included a tribute to Camille Gavin for sustained promotion of the arts in Kern County. But also continued and expanded success and support. The Kern Film Workshop continues to thrive, training adults with developmental disabilities


Jill Egland

The concept of musicians traveling from home to home has taken many forms over time. Three iterations in particular provide a creative way for us to invite your support of the 2012 House Concert series and the Musicians Outreach Project.

2012 House Concert Series Spans the County

he Arts Council will launch its 2012 House Concert series on Sunday, January 22 at 4pm with a performance in Bakersfield by the legendary harper Patrick Ball, a musician the San Francisco Chronicle calls an American master of the Irish instrument ... a modern day bard, combining tale telling, history and music into a seamless compound that reaches all ages and types of listeners. In 2012, we will see the return of Joe Craven, the king of found sound, and ephemeral chanteuse, Moira Smiley. In additional to Ball, new to Kern will be Americana sound sensation, Little Black Train, as well as two very special world music surprises. Be sure to check our Web site ( for updates on all concerts. All Bakersfield house concerts are $22 general | $20 ACK members $10 student

Troubadour (gifts of $100)

In the Middle Ages, Troubadours created a sense of unity within a region with performances that cobbled together love songs, poetry, political satire, gossip, and religious commentary. Similarly, Troubadour supporters cobble together their contributions with those of a school or parent organization, making it possible for even under-funded schools to participate in this program.

OCarolan (gifts of $500)

Blinded in his youth, Turlogh OCarolan traveled throughout the countryside composing beautiful melodies on his harp in exchange for room and board. In the way that the Bard of Ireland created musical relationships with the patrons who sheltered him, OCarolan supporters foster new relationships between musicians and students by covering the cost of a workshop or assembly.

Master harper and performance artist, Patrick Ball, will launch the 2012 House Concert Series/Musician Outreach Project with a performance in Bakersfield on January 22.

Musicians Outreach Project

his past year, the House Concert series expanded to include school residencies. We reviewed the slate of potential performers and chose those we knew were not only excellent performers, but also seasoned teaching artists who were particularly gifted working with at-risk students. In its inaugural year, the project remained geographically limited to the western, northern, and central parts of Kern. A November house concert in California City opened up the possibility of reaching out to schools in the eastern region; and new arts ed programs in Lamont, Arvin, and Frazier Park hold the promise of extending further south this year as well. Schools interested in booking a House Concert performer should contact Jill Egland or Kari Hunter at the Arts Council.

Woody Guthrie (gifts of $1000)

In a time of national despair, Woody Guthrie took his message of hope and empowerment directly to communities across America. Woody Guthrie supporters fund an entire days worth of residencies, making it possible for our musicians to spread their message of the power of all of us to create.

2011 Participating communities

Bakersfield California City Delano Elk Hills Kernville Lake Isabella Maricopa Taft Tehachapi

(Top) House Concert musician Anne Weiss is known for her enormous blues voice, great guitar playing, and striking stage presence. Photo courtesy of Felix Adamo/ Bakersfield Californian. (Bottom) Anne Weiss young audience is feeling the groove. Photo courtesy of Felix Adamo/Bakersfield Californian.


JULY 1, 2010 to NOVEMBER 18, 2011

Laura Lollar Wolfe

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If there is an error or omission, please contact Laura Wolfe at 661/324-9000.

Gallery of Donors and Partners

Agency Support, Corporate and Community Partners California Arts Council City of Arvin County of Kern Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kern Regional Center State of California Bakersfield Memorial Hospital San Joaquin Community Hospital Leadership Donors/$5,000 or more or In-Kind of $25,000 or more BARC The Bakersfield Californian Foundation The California Endowment Chevron The James Irvine Foundation Kern Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund Kern Community Foundation Diane S. Lake Family PG&E Rabobank San Joaquin Community Hospital Milton and Betty Younger Advocates for the Arts ($500 to $4,999) Alianza Recycling Denise and Rick Amigh AMREP Ben and Gayle Batey Borton Petrini LLC Cathy Butler Catholic Healthcare West Lois Chaney Morgan Clayton Carole and Ira Cohen Peggy Darling Ray and Joan Dezember Eileen and Victor Ettinger Andrew Fishkin Fresno Regional Foundation The Gas Company Harvey and LaVonne Hall Lynne Hall Jim Burke Ford Kaiser Permanente Kern Autism Network Kern Refuse Disposal Klein DeNatale Goldner Kohls Law Offices of Andrew Fishkin Law Offices of Swanson ODell Law Offices of David Torres John and Ione Lollar Maya Cinemas Bakersfield Metropolitan Recycling Neurofeedback: Train Your Brain Price Disposal

Ravi Patel SA Recyling Marc D. Sandall Sandra Serrano and Hon. Robert Tafoya Target Wells Fargo Foundation Young Audiences, Inc. Annual Fund/Members and Special Event Donors ($100 to $499) Cathy Bennett Michael Bennett Javier and Laurie Bustamante Citizens Business Bank Nancy Clark Morgan Clayton Wayne and Lynn Deats Sue and Don Deininger Robb Evans Tom Fallgatter Charles and Judy Fritch in memory of Dr. Dennis Wetterholm John and Jan Fulton Anthony and Carrie Goss Janice Graves Bernie Herman Jim Burke Ford Andrea and Rob Jones Kiwanis Club of South Bakersfield Twilla Klassen

Mainstream Energy Marriott Hotel Bakersfield Staff Rob and Judith McCarthy Harley and Cynthia Pinson Steve Renock Tim and Sandy Ryan Diane Sandidge Harley and Cynthia Pinson Ann Sullivan Mary Trichell In Kind $250 or greater value Holley Arbeit and Jack Grippi Bakersfield Magazine Bike Bakersfield David Coffey CSU Bakersfield Anthony and Carrie Goss Justin Jennings & John Sarad Selwyn and Cecily Kay KERO-23/Azteca Americana KERN Radio Margaret and Timothy Lemucchi Elaine McNearney Petroleum Club of Bakersfield Betty and Milton Younger Jill White and Michael Kilpatrick Sandy and Randy Worley

2011 Members January 1 to November 23, 2011

Felix & Teresa Adamo African Heritage Network Gene Albitre Michelle Atkinson Jennifer Baldwin Mr. & Mrs. Jim Balmain Louis & Sheryl Barbich Mary Helen Barro Loretta Battan Katherine Beck David & Lisa Berringer Vernon Blackburn Betty Blair Mr. & Mrs. C. James Blom Marilyn Cameron Mrs. Sylvia Cattani Ray & Donna Chaffee Joyce Chapman Lucy G. Clark Nancy C. Clark Betty Weitze Cook Bob & Kristie Coons CSUB Theatre Dept. Karen Dewalt Mr. & Mrs. Ray Dezember Sherry Dolan Patti & John Doolittle Norma Eaton Tom & Irene Edmonds Mr.&Mrs. Stanford Eschner Ann & Lawrence Etue Iva and Randy Fendrick Betty Finch Donald & Bonnie Fitzgerald Camille Gavin Nancy Nies and Paul Gipe Marcia & George Giumarra Bonnie Jill Grover-West Mayor Harvey Hall Nahid Hayati Carol Helt Alberto Herrera Robert & Eloise Higgins Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alfred Jacober Darleen Jehnsen Jeffrey B. Johnson Andrea & Robert Jones Denis Kearns Lois Keeling Barbara Kelch Ross J King Dr. Gary Knerr Art Knight Colette Kraft Darlene and Russell Liesch Judy Long Ms. Jerry Ludeke Master Graphics Carla McClain Lynn & Bill McDonald Terry Milobar Stella Mullins Dennis Mullins Deborah Myers Native American Heriitage Preservation Council Gordon & Eva Nipp Bob & Marilyn Patterson Brian & Kay Pitts Nancy Putney Susan & Mark Smith Reep Fran Reynolds Byron Rhodes Paul & Donna Ricker Chalita Brossett Robinson Neil and Lynne Rosenstein Mary A. Rostad Susan Rousser Michael Row Barbara Sabovich Shirley Sadocchi Michael Sallee San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation Sandra Sandstead Leonard Sanoian Gail Schulz Ms. Sunny Scofield Florence Seger Phil Shepard Jennifer Shrader Frances Sinclair Prapat Sirinavarat Dan Slayton Pat & Tom Smith Davis Smith Sol Luna Mexican Folk Ballet Valerie Sylvester Sandra & Tyler Tilbury Dorene Tomlinson Don and Liz Trainor Jeanie Truitt James & Elizabeth Turner Mr. John J. VanMetre Joseph D. Vasquez Rosa Ventura Dr. Jim and Dee Whitley David Winegar Ellen Young
Laura Lollar Wolfe gratefully accepts the $10,000 grant check from Kern Community Foundation President/CEO, Jeffrey Pickering.


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Dr. Michael W. Millar Executive Director Jill Egland Director of Special Projects Nicole Saint-John Director of Visual Arts Programs
Patrick Ball


Laura Lollar Wolfe Development Officer Kari Hunter Heilman Program Manager Carlin A. Jones Social Media Manager Nicole McKenzie Receptionist Holly Bikakis Graphic Design Consultant Sue Deininger Public Relations Consultant Brittany Gonzales Student Assistant David Coffey President, Board of Directors

1330 Truxtun Avenue, Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93301 ph: 661.324.9000 fax: 661.324.1136 e-mail: Younger Gallery 1430 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 105 Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Or by appointment, 661/324-9000

HOUSE CONCERTS January 22, 4:00 p.m. Patrick Ball March 4, 4:00 p.m. Joe Craven Bakersfield Venues TBA

SAVE THE DATE! Walk For The Arts March 17, 2012

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