The non-profit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF) was established in 2003 to support Barnsdall Art Park and its many art programs, and to advocate for the restoration and preservation of the Park including its historic structures.
In the short period it has operated, the Foundation has successfully completed several major capital projects on the Hill.
Our contribution to the restoration of Hollyhock House funded the restoration of the hardwood countertops in the kitchen, landscaping the lawn and garden areas and, under the guidance of the Curator, purchasing a number of historically appropriate antiques to furnish the house.
The Foundation’s wish list now turns to restoring Residence A, and the Hollyhock House pools and Motor Court. We have already initiated a Historic Structures Report (HSR) for the Motor Court restoration, working in conjunction with Project Restore. This report is the first step towards the rehabilitation of this historic area.
We have also funded the design of the renovation of the Hollyhock chauffeur’s quarters into the Museum Store, and have allocated funding to operate the store and stock its inventory, in partnership with the City.
In the past two years BAPF has given in excess of $50,000 each year in the form of facilities grants to all entities on the Hill, to enable them to undertake work that would not be otherwise realized. BAPF installed state-of-the-art ceramics kilns at the art education center, provided new classroom computer equipment, a piano and a jewelry press. For the Gallery Theater we purchased a new stage curtain and high definition projector, and new video projectors and outdoor furniture for Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). We work closely with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as other city agencies to support and enhance the programs run by the City.
The construction of a landmark monument sign funded by BAPF helps mark the entrance to our site on Hollywood Blvd. It creates visibility, integrates us with the surrounding community and has encouraged many to explore the park.
Within the park, however, facilities signage is still lacking and BAPF is currently working with contractors to create and install new signage, security cameras and orientation points to accommodate the many visitors we anticipate will visit the park in the coming years.
All of these improvements have been made with your help. Please go to the Membership page and show your support for our work here by joining us as a Member.