City Closing Barnsdall, December 31, 2010.
Plans for privatization to kill 40 year era, cultural gem.
As announced by Olga Garay, General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Ms. Garay also said that “There is no plan B,” once the money runs out.
The city of Los angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa, and the City Council are currently planning to privatize the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Barnsdall Park. The Mayor and City Council is (are?) currently in discussion with MOCA to take over the gallery by January 1, 2011.
Privatization by MOCA [or any other entity] with the finanical resources to cover the overhead will mean the end of the 40 year era at the Los angeles Municipal Art Gallery [LAMAG] in Barnsdall Park. It is likely the gallery will no longer offer free admission to the public and the broad curatorial viewpoint of the Los Angeles art scene will be lost.
For 40 years the LAMAG has supported the local Los Angeles and southern California Art Scene. The mission of the gallery is to exhibit the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists and bring to the citizens of Los Angeles a viewpoint that is representative of the entire art scene in Southern California. With privatization this viewpoint will be lost. Every year since its inception, the LAMAG has included artwork of local artists through our “Open Call” and Los Angeles Juried” exhibitions. In addition, the work of emerging artists is recognized through the Lorser and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Fellowship Award and “Newcomers” exhibitions. Mid-career artists are also recognized through the “COLA” grants and exhibitions.
The mission of Barnsdall has always been to serve the myriad communities of the City of Los Angeles through its multifaceted, interdisciplinary facilities and programming, offering professional staff, equipment and resources to community organizations as well as to emerging and mid-career visual artists and performing artists. Barnsdall is the only community arts campus with facilities and programming in the visual arts, performing arts, art classes for youth and adults, and possessing a publicly accessible architectural monument (The Hollyhock House).
Notable solo exhibitions at LAMAG include:
Kim Abeles, Peter Alexander, Martha alf, Carlos Amaraz, Tony Berlant, Judy Dater, Joe Deal, John divola, Connor Everts, Robbert Flick, Jud fine, D.J. Hall, George Herms, John Paul Jones, Mark Lere, Constance Mallison, Barrie Mottishaw, Ann Page, George Page, Stephen Prina, Roland Reiss, and Connie Zehr.
The guest curatorial program at LAMAG has allowed many new and established curators to complete their visions.
The LAMAG has a rich and productive history under directors, Kurt Oppenhiemer, Josine Ianco-Starresl, Edward Leffingwell, Nowl Korten, Mark Greenfield and currently Scott Canty.
No other community based arts organization in Los Angeles provides educational and mentorship opportunities in professional environments with support from professional staff. Because of the City of Los Angeles’ commitment to equal opportunity Barnsdall programming is diverse, inclusive and accessible to all the citizens of the city. This seminal service to the citizenry of Los Angeles is available at low cost and high standards because it is programmed by the city.
Requests from SAVE BARNSDALL COALITION to Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Tom La Bonge, Herb Wesson, and Ed Reyes
1. Remove Barnsdall facilities from Request For Proposals (RFP) process and find funding to continue city programming and staffing.
2. Form a Barnsdall Community Arts Trust Account for donors to contribute to maintain the public operation and programs of the community arts facilities. This would allow each facility to be proactive in raising funds for its programming and staff.
3. Increase the Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT) the DCA receives from 1% to 2%.
4. Share the 1% Developer Arts Fund to support community arts.
5. Put forth a proposition similar to Prop K to raise funds for community arts programs and staffing for all art centers including existing City operated and new Prop K Youth Arts Centers.
6. Join with Neighborhood Councils to contribute financial support to city run community arts centers.
7. Identify all sources of funds that can fully fund and re-staff the remaining City run art centers.
8. Oppose the policy of the privatization of city government.
Community Vision of Barnsdall Park 2010 & Beyond
1. Programs to remain municipally operated by municipal employees.
2. Continue diverse and inclusive points of view.
3. Establish Barnsdall Community Arts Trust Account to accept donations to fund programming and staff.
4. Strengthen outreach to all communities and populations 5. Increase educational programming.
6. Maintain current mission. The mission of Barnsdall has always been to serve the myriad communities of the City of Los Angeles through its multifaceted, interdisciplinary facilities and programming, offering professional staff, equipment and resources to community organizations as well as to emerging and mid-career visual artists and performing artists.
7. Establish a support group to further develop public relations for Barnsdall programs.
8. Establish an additional financial resource through the restoration of the garage to accommodate a gift shop, tickets sales, and food service.
9. Respect the legacy of Aline Barnsdall.
10. Work with all of Barnsdall’s stakeholders in crafting the future of Barnsdall Facilities.
Call To Action:
If you don’t want this to be the last session of classes and programming at BAC, JAC, MAG and BGT contact:
Eric Garcetti City Council President)
Tell him, “I want Barnsdall taken off the public/ private partnership process immediately.”
Please send us a message at Save Barnsdall on Facebook to let us know you made the call.