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The BAA is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the enrichment and empowerment of local Kern County artists since 1944. The BAA offers members the opportunity to learn and share the excitement of art and creative process, and to interact with other artists and the public. The BAA provides opportunities for youth and adults to recognize their artistic potential through workshops and classes. They are given the opportunities and the skills necessary to evolve self expression through exhibit and juried art shows. The BAA raises funds that are distributed as scholarships to elementary (K-8), high school (9-12), college art students, local art teachers, professional and non-professional adults on an annual basis. The BAA also provides space for members to present, display and critique their art.
2011-2012 Increased class offerings for both adults and children. Beginning third year in the Bakersfield Downtown Arts District. Held second major fundraiser, Mardi Gras Gala and first Christmas Open House Party. Took part in all First Fridays. Gave scholarships to artists at the 2012 Kern County Fair. Participated in Art Council of Kernís Walk for the Arts. The Bakersfield Art Association (BAA) is made up of artists and developing artists from Kern County: students, individuals, seniors and families. Anyone looking for a home or place to show their art or learn more, who also wants to give back to the community, is welcome to join with us. Our present gallery is located at 1817 Eye Street in the Bakersfield Downtown Arts District and the telephone number is 869-2320. Our membership rates for a year are: individual $45; senior 62 plus $40; student under 25 full time $30; family same household $55; art lover $100 (recognition in BAA newsletter); art patron $200 (recognition in newsletter and in Art Center); and art champion $300 (recognition in newsletter, Art Center & 10% off one piece of art in the Art Center). Our hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 to 4 First Fridays 11 to 9 other Fridays 11 to 6 and Saturdays 11 to 4. Artists wishing to exhibit in the Art Center will join the BAA, pay wall space rent, volunteer two (2) work days to our all-volunteer work-force and assist when asked to participate in special projects. Also available at the Art Center for members and public visitors are: a small art supply center including periodic special orders, classes, workshops, programs, demonstrations, an art library and a newly added Art VCR/TV Corner. We conduct various fundraisers to raise money for art scholarships, as noted in our mission statement below.
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