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Bumblebeelovesyou Mural in Downtown Bakersfield

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

A new mural becomes a permanent fixture, located in Downtown Bakersfield, by renowned Los Angeles-based street artist, Bumblebeelovesyou, on the west-facing exterior wall of The Kitchen, 1317 20th Street.

    A product of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce’s distinguished Leadership Bakersfield program, and supported by the Bakersfield Downtown Association, the mural will serve to further beautify Downtown, inspire the community, and leave a legacy of hope in the social power of art.

    Sponsored by many local companies, the Leadership team of eight participants knew that this art installation would not only beautify Downtown, but it could be used as a platform to bring awareness to Kern County’s high rate of food insecure households. In addition to the mural, the team sponsored a food drive and donated money to the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

    After Bumbleelovesyou finished his impressive design, many local artists went to work to finish painting the mural. One of the financial sponsors, Moneywise Wealth Management, encouraged its entire staff to help with the project.

    “For a city to attract talent and investment, it must have a strong downtown and art scene,” says Sherod Waite, President of Moneywise Wealth Management. “Downtown Bakersfield is improving. Even if you never go downtown, everyone benefits from its progress. We are so glad to have been a small part in bringing to town a nationally recognized artist for this project. Hopefully this is the first of many more projects to come.”

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