By the 1980’s, the harsh desolate dust-bowl image associated with the area had vanished: Kern county had become the largest oil producer in the country and fourth agricultural producer in the nation. This economic boom has given way to a new wave of migrants from the south, mainly from Mexico and Central America. With them comes a new sense of place, culture and community but also a shared pioneered spirit that has kept Kern’s rugged independent cultural spirit alive.
California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.
Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.
Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.
At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.
Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.
Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.
A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.
Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.
Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.