Bakersfield Art Association

A nonprofit organization

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  • MISSION STATEMENT:   The BAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enrichment & empowerment of local Kern County artists since 1944.  It offers opportunities to learn & share excitement of art & creative process, & to interact with other artists & public.  It also provides opportunities for youth & adults to recognize their artistic potential thru workshops & classes.  Members are given opportunities & skills necessary to evolve self expression thru exhibit & juried art shows.  It raises funds to be distributed as scholarships to elementary, high school, college art students, local art teachers, professional & non-professional adults annually.  It also provides space for members to present, display & critique their art. 
  • History:  Formed in 1943 by local artists.  Articles of Incorporation filed w/ California Secretary of State on 11/13/44.  Franchise Tax Board approved nonprofit status on 11/16/44.  The BAA had various galleries over the years but the Art Center is now at 1607 19th Street (Downtown Arts District) and participates in First Friday Receptions.  
  • Membership:  The BAA is made up of established & developing artists from Kern County:  students, individuals, seniors & families and is entirely voluntary.  
  • Location:  Art Center hours: Tuesdays thru Thursdays 11 to 5 p.m., First Fridays 11 to 9 p.m., other Fridays 11 to 5 p.m., & Saturdays 11 to 4.   
  • Art Center:   The Art Center is open to members & the general public, and offers art supplies, special orders, classes, workshops, programs, & demonstrations.  An art library is available to members. 
  • Art Center Exhibits:  Wall space to exhibit artwork is available to members.  Each month the Art Center has a special exhibit for a featured artist, group or juried show with the reception held on First Fridays. 
  • Satellite ExhibitsOur Satellite Chairperson coordinates with local businesses to provide extra venues for members to display their art.  Current locations:  Chamber of Commerce, Covenant Coffee Shop, Dagny’s, the Epic Jet Center, Guild House, House of Beauty, Lorene's, Nature's Market, Stars Theatre and Sub Station.  




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Bakersfield Art Association

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Arts & Culture


1607 19th Street

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