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Something amazing is happening in Bakersfield, CA. The once small-town has doubled in its' population over the past twenty years. Now the 9th largest city in California, the growing community is experiencing a cultural shift as it welcomes a more diverse population while still valuing its' rich history, honoring the traditions, institutions and values that have made us who we are. Join our hosts Andrae Gonzales, Rachel Magnus, Jesus Gonzalez & Carla Barrientos as they explore the dynamic people, places and culture of our community.

Dec 13, 2019

Bakersfield resident and Tijuana born artist Omar Juarez has been creating art for over 25 years. Moving to California as a teenager he remained devoted to the reality of his upbringing in Mexico. Storytelling through illustration became his primary interest, eventually developing his own unique style--heavily influenced by his childhood in both countries and music. Through the development of widely collected characters, his illustrations have come to document and represent the Latinx community, instilling pride and a celebration of heritage. Adding animator and director to his credentials, Omar’s work has been used by internationally acclaimed music groups Chicano Batman and The Arcs. His work has been featured on sites such as Noisey, World Star Hip Hop and Rolling Stone.