An Arts Destination for all Los Angeles
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and educational destination for Los Angeles and the world. The Foundation works to support all entities in Barnsdall Park, owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.
Barnsdall Art Center
The Barnsdall Art Center (BAC), a program for adults, has been providing college level arts instruction at low cost for 50+ years. This program of popular classes in the visual and performing arts is presented by a select staff of instructors drawn from the art departments of prestigious colleges and universities, art schools, and other exemplary institutions. BAC is managed by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (BGT) is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affair’s Community Arts Division as a low-priced rental house available for live theatre, dance, music, spoken word, lecture, film and special events.
Hollyhock House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designed by America’s most important 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Aline Barnsdall, an oil heiress, commissioned the house as the centerpiece of a cultural arts complex on Olive Hill, which was to include a major theater, cinema, artist residences and commercial shops. By 1921, Wright had only built Hollyhock House (Barnsdall’s personal residence) and two guest houses. In 1927, Barnsdall gifted the house and surrounding twelve acres (now Barnsdall Park) to the City of Los Angeles as a memorial to her father, Theodore. Under city ownership, the park has grown into a vibrant arts center operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Junior Art Center
The love of children, the love of childhood, and the love of the arts have been the basis of arts programming for children, youth and their families at the Barnsdall Junior Arts Center (JAC) since 1967. The Center is known nationwide as one of a small number of distinguished institutions devoted to excellence, originality, public service and artistic creativity. JAC is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Founded and opened in 1954, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is the longest running institution in Los Angeles devoted solely to exhibiting art.