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Bakersfield College

Portraits In Their Own Words

Portraits in Their Own Words is a grant project funded by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project's purpose is to create an exhibit featuring autobiographical narratives of some of Bakersfield College's formerly incarcerated students that will be paired with portraits of those writers created by BC student artists. Select Bakersfield College faculty will mentor the students throughout the development of the exhibit, helping them with their writing, artwork, and public speaking skills. These efforts will culminate in the public presentation of the portraits and the personal narratives as read by the student writers.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.

This project is also made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information visit the California Humanities website.

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Seeking Formerly Incarcerated BC Students to Participate

This grant project is focused on the experiences and stories of Bakersfield College's formerly incarcerated students. If you are a BC student enrolled at least part-time for the 2020-21 academic year and have experienced incarceration in the past, we invite you to submit an application if you are interested in sharing your story. If selected, you will work one-on-one with faculty mentors to commit your narrative to writing and record it for an online archive in which it will be paired with a portrait of you created by a BC student artist.The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020.

Meet the Directors

Andrew Bond

Andrew BondAndrew is a professor of English at Bakersfield College. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Northridge, and a M.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside. He has been a member of the English department at Bakersfield College since 2015 and teaches writing and literature courses while also working as the department’s liaison to the college’s Rural Initiatives Program. For the last three years, he has served as a director for Energizing Humanities in California’s San Joaquin Valley, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant project that has provided professional development to faculty in the Kern Community College District through the promotion of place-based pedagogy.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this grant programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, or the National Endowment for the Humanities.