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 for the Park.
The Foundation has raised necessary funds for Hollyhock House to restore the hardwood countertops in the kitchen, landscape the lawn and garden areas, and acquire antiques selected by the Curator to enhance interpretation of the interiors. The Foundation has also supported the renovation of the garage to serve as the Hollyhock House Visitor Center.
The Foundation is now prioritizing their fundraising efforts for the restoration of 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 toward the rehabilitation of this historic area.
BAPF has given over $50,000 each year in the form of facilities grants to all entities in the Park, which enables them to undertake work that would not be otherwise realized. The Foundation installed state-of-the-art ceramics kilns at the art education center and provided new classroom computer equipment, a piano, and a jewelry press. For the Gallery Theater, BAPF purchased a new stage curtain, a high-definition projectors, and an improved sound system. BAPF has provided outdoor furniture for Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), paid for production and outreach for the gallery exhibits, and funded the renovation of the entry. 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 all the city-run Barnsdall Art Park programs.
BAPF funded the creation of a landmark monument sign to mark the Park entrance on Hollywood Blvd. It enhances the Park’s visibility, integrates Barnsdall Art Park with the surrounding community, and has encouraged many to explore the site.
However within the Park facilities signage is still lacking, and BAPF is currently working with contractors to install new signage, security cameras, and orientation points to improve the experience of the many visitors that frequent the site.
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.