Seeking Operations Administrator

Position Profile – Operations Administrator

The Search

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, an organization dedicated to the legacy of the Barnsdall Art Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world, is seeking an independent contractor to provide services in Foundation operations under the direction of a small committee led by the Foundation Board President. It is estimated that the services will require approximately 20 hours per week. The contract is for 6 months, upon which it will be eligible for renewal.

Mission Statement

To nurture the legacy of Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world.

The Tasks

  • Manage the completion of the new BAPF website, and keep information on the website current, including photos, calendar, etc.
  • Update and manage the donor and member database using Trailblazer software in concert with the Board Membership Sub-committee.
  • Manage processing of invoices and financial administration in concert with the Board Treasurer and Accountant.
  • Help with mailings and communications.
  • Interface with the Communications Director to facilitate up-to-date and accurate communications on BAPF social media channels.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • History of providing equivalent services to other arts related non-profit organizations.
  • Computer literacy, with basic knowledge of Word, spreadsheet and database capacities, experience in fundraising database management (i.e.Trailblazer), and familiarity with website management, preferably WordPress.
  • Organization, planning, clear communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Understanding of social media, technology and marketing.

Contract terms and fee: To be negotiated.


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BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

unnamedBarnsdall Art Park Invites Angelenos to Participate in a Summer Reading Extravaganza

BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

On the heels of a successful April Fool’s Day kickoff, Barnsdall Art Park continues its literary arts fundraising series with Summer Reading.  On June 25th from 7:30-10 p.m., the Park’s iconic Gallery Theatre invites guests to participate in its second BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? event, with an all new lineup for an engaging, interactive evening, exploring the art of deception.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors, J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara. The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? Prizes will be awarded to the winners. During the performance, talented, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which the audience will have a chance to win in a grand prize drawing at the end of the night.

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Underscoring Barnsdall Art Park’s distinctive year-round programming from famed wine tastings to movie nights, BAMBOOZLED supports the Park unique programming. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Register at  


Bamboozled host, Rico Gagliano has worked in public radio for almost a decade and his pieces have been heard on All Things ConsideredWeekend AmericaThe Savvy Traveler and other series, but he’s best known as a reporter on Marketplace. He co-hosts the Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation, essentially, “public radio’s arts & leisure section.”

Bamboozled curator, Diana Wagman is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews including “Life #6,”and “Spontaneous,” which won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She also wrote the original screenplay for DELIVERING MILO directed by Nick Castle, starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series and her new mystery series, includes “Murder on Bamboo Lane,” and “A Grave on Grand Avenue.”

For more information, go to her website:

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times memoir, “Everything You Ever Wanted,” as well as “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem,” and “Pretty.” Jillian’s writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. For more information, go to her website:

Gary Phillips was the editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir, co-editor of the Cocaine Chronicles, and his graphic novel, “The Rinse,” has been optioned for television. For more information, go to his website:

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” and serves as the acquisitions editor at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. He also edited the 2014 edition of the California Prose Directory, featuring thirty California fiction and non-fiction writers and their stories about the Golden State. For more information, go to his website:

Aaron Axelrod is an L.A.-based artist, who is interested in the ideas of social interaction, psychedelia, and public space. Known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices, Axelrod is inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts and Wu-tang. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, his work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, City National Plaza, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, LA Sheriffs Dept. and Google to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to his website:

About Barnsdall Art Park Foundation:

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world. For more information, please visit

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA):

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual overnight and day visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grant-making, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. The cultural facilities at Barnsdall Park are managed by DCA. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation works closely with DCA and other City agencies to provide programming, sustainability efforts, and the realization of capital projects to enhance experiences at the park for visitors.

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Call For Entries: Juried Exhibition

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) have a call for entries for the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition. Apply now through June 18th. Visit or call 323-644-6269 for a prospectus. The Los Angeles Juried Exhibition provides artists with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work.

Jurors Tomas Benitez, Fatemeh Burnes, Peter Frank

Exhibition dates July 26th to September 20th.

Submission Deadline:

Thursday, June 18th

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Barnsdall Art Center Summer 2015 Schedule

Summer 2015 Six Week Session
Arts Education and Training for Children, Teens and Adults

Children’s Class Registration begins June 15, 2015, 9 am – 6 pm
Children’s Classes run from June 22 – August 8

Adult Class Registration begins June 27, 2015, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Adult Classes run from July 6 – August 15

To view the Schedule of Children, Teen and Adult Classes, click:
Summer 2015 Schedule

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Meet DCA’s 2015 COLA Artists!

Introducing DCA’s 2015 COLA Artists! Looking forward to seeing the new work, show opens May 17th, 2-5pm


Miyoshi Barosh

Los Angeles-based conceptual artist, Miyoshi Barosh, playfully confronts the structural underpinnings of American culture while negating ideas about progress, both in the individual psyche, as well as in the larger socio-political arena.

Kelly Barrie

The London-born, L.A.-based emerging artist, Kelly Barrie, taps into Venice’s local surf and skate culture. He continues to refine his technique of performance-based photography while delving into new territories such as freestanding sculptural work.

Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U) 

Baumgartner + Uriu consistently push the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Their work often entails experimental concepts and techniques that are not commonly found in the architectural profession including music, science and computation. Utilizing the unique techniques and resources available in Los Angeles, they integrate a wide variety of sustainability concepts and new building materials into their work.

Jeff Colson

Jeff Colson is known for using numerous materials to create pieces that often conjure familiar objects. Merging pop and conceptual art through the use of different mediums, Colson has framed his work to, at once, evoke a sense of silence coupled with humor. His art is a balance of traditional and less traditional, modernism, and baroque.

Marcelyn Gow

The architectural work of Marcelyn Gow produces translations, which render themselves through various mediums and with differing degrees of perceived accuracy. A partner and founding member of Servo Los Angeles, Gow is an architect by profession who now serves on the faculty of SCIArc.

Alexandra Grant

Alexandra Grant is a Los-Angeles based artist who uses language as a foundation for imagery in sculptures, paintings, drawings, crochet, and videos.  Known as a “radical collaborator,” due to her tendency to work with various writers, her collaborations allow her to successfully express the relationship between word and image.


Harold Greene

Harold Greene, a master woodworker, thrives on making furniture that is both useful and beautiful. Based in San Pedro, Greene practices traditional methods in creating his wooden masterpieces. With the intent to make durable pieces, Greene mixes and matches various woods of contrasting and complementary colors from around the world to construct his unique pieces.

Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis is greatly attentive to the balance between abstraction and figuration in her multi-media work. She works at the cusp of several traditional categories, through 2D and 3D mediums. Born in Egypt, the LA-based artist has exhibited work around the globe. 

Elizabeth Leister

Elizabeth Leister has successfully intertwined her interests in technology and art into her artwork. Interlacing traditional and digital approaches, her work includes drawing, performance, and video art. In developing and presenting her work, she utilizes the method and form that she feels best communicates her aesthetic.

Alan Nakagawa

Alan Nakagawa has worked primarily in sound and has been creating audience participatory sound experiences for the past decade. Drawing from diverse influences including personal family immigration experiences, architectural history, as well as his fascination with ultra-sonic communication of bats and marine mammals, Nakagawa has created a repertoire of installations and sound works that breakdown and then expand our understanding of listening and invisible form.

Barbara Strasen

Barbara Strasen has become known for her creative multi-image artworks. By combining photography, painting, and installation, she has successfully made works that are truly unique.

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COLA 2015

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
 and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) will host a public opening for the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients on Sunday, May 17th from 2-5 p.m. at LAMAG at iconic Barnsdall Art Park. Representing a cross-section of accomplished artists, the exhibition, which runs through June 28th, presents the premiere of new works by the following master artists including Miyoshi Barosh, Kelly Barrie, Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U), Jeff Colson, Marcelyn Gow, Alexandra Grant, Harold Greene, Sherin Guirguis, Elizabeth Leister, Alan Nakagawa and Barbara Strasen. Related programming includes an adult art workshop on Sat. May 23rd and a family art and sound workshop on Sat. June 6th. Please visit for more details.


SUN. MAY 17, 2:30 PM
The Invisible Lake Called Telepathy
Performed drawing by Elizabeth Leister with dancer Samantha Mohr

SAT. MAY 30, 2 PM
Conversations with the Artists
With Harold Greene, Alan Nakagawa, Baumgartner + Uriu (B +U)

SAT. JUNE 27, 2 PM
Conversations with the Artists
Marcelyn Gow Alexandra Grant Sherin Guirguis Barbara Strasen

SAT. JUNE 20, 3 PM
Performance by Elizabeth Leister

ART WORKSHOPS: No reservations are necessary and art supplies will be provided

SAT. MAY 23, 12-3 PM
Adult Art Workshop

SAT. JUNE 6, 12-3 PM
Family Art and Sound Workshop

GALLERY HOURS: Thurs. to Sun. 12-5 PM

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BAPF Seeking Operations & Event Manager

Operations and Event Management Services

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is seeking an independent contractor/self-employed person to provide the following services:

  • Co-ordinate and manage the logistics of an average of 35 events a year
  • Liaise with event contacts such as caterers, security, musicians, valets
  • Arrange necessary licenses and permits
  • Liaise with Board Members and Staff to produce the events
  • Manage RSVP lists and ticket sales
  • Manage the CRM database keeping all contacts up to date
  • Keep the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Master Calendar
  • Work with the Director and contractors to process invoices, payments and funding requests.
  • Liaise with PR and Social Media consultants to promote the Foundation’s work at all events
  • Collect and file all press cuttings

Please submit your resume to by 3/31/15.

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Hollyhock House Reopening!

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell Announce the Official Reopening of

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park February 13, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA, January, 22, 2015 – Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department of Recreation and Parks, Project Restore, Public Works – Bureau of Engineering, the Department of General Services, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation announce February 13, 2015 as the official reopening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House, an iconic architectural masterpiece in the heart of the vibrant, artistic, cultural, and recreational Barnsdall Art Park ( To mark the occasion, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will lead an Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the project’s collaborators at 4:00 p.m. at the Hollyhock House on February 13, 2015. Following this, for one night only, the City of Los Angeles and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation will open Hollyhock House for self-guided tours for 24 hours, commencing at 4:00 p.m. on February 13 until 4:00 p.m. on February 14, 2015. Visitors are invited to enjoy the event and share with others via social media with the #WrightAtNight hashtag.

A significant part of Los Angeles’ storied architectural history, Hollyhock House – a National Historic Landmark – was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent masterpieces marking his first foray into architecture in Los Angeles. Hollyhock House boasts a lyrical and poetic style of architecture “California Romanza,” or “freedom to make one’s own form,” which complements LA’s significance as a trendsetter in the arts and architecture space. Underscoring its importance as one of the world’s architectural gems, Hollyhock House is now on the tentative list of the first modern architecture nominations from the United States to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is a crown jewel of Los Angeles architecture,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Restoring this landmark to its original glory is a great example of how the city can preserve its unique history while providing Angelenos access to art in everyday places.”

“The Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park is a cultural and historical gem in the City of Los Angeles, and I am thrilled that this architectural masterpiece is restored and ready to reopen,” said O’Farrell, chair of the city’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank my staff and the city departments who collaborated together and moved this project forward so that every Angeleno who visits the Hollyhock House can appreciate its beauty both inside and out.”

The storied history of Hollyhock House begins with Aline Barnsdall, a Pennsylvanian oil heiress interested in producing theater in her own venue. Purchasing a 36-acre site in Hollywood known as Olive Hill in 1919, Barnsdall commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a theater where she could produce avant-garde plays. Soon after, the project morphed into a performing arts complex that included her residence. Construction on the project began in 1919 and ended in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, citing costs as the primary reason for the contract’s termination. At the time, Frank Lloyd Wright was already an established architect, who was concurrently working on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

A philanthropist, art collector, political radical, and single parent, Barnsdall deeded the land now known as Barnsdall Park and its Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures as a permanent home for the appreciation of art and architecture to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. In doing so, she provided an accessible arts center to the community that incorporated and preserved the famous Hollyhock House as a crucial component. Aline Barnsdall’s pioneering vision gave birth to the California Modernism movement and helped grow the careers of notable architects including Wright, Schindler, and Neutra – all of whom were instrumentally involved in the project.

The house has served various purposes, including a fifteen-year run as the headquarters of the California Art Club beginning in 1927. After a major restoration by the City (1974 – 76) it became a public museum. It was among the first structures to be designated as a historic-cultural monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in 1963. In 2007 it became a National Historic Landmark.

After many incarnations, Hollyhock House is reclaiming its former glory. Hollyhock House is the first house of Wright’s second period and his first residence in Southern California. Named for Barnsdall’s favorite flower, the Hollyhock is incorporated throughout the design scheme of the residence.

The recently completed restoration is an important historical revelation for first-time visitors and regulars alike. Visitors will be able to see and experience the house in much of its original splendor. Floors, windows, doors, decorative molding, and long-forgotten paint colors have been recreated with utmost attention to detail. The latest phase of renovation took place from 2008 though 2014, with a total of $4,359,000 spent on conservation efforts.

Hollyhock House is operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

DCA provides educational programming, conservation services, and individual and group tours of this historic site that offer a window into Aline Barnsdall’s life and her artistic vision, in addition to her extraordinary partnership with one of the United States’ greatest architects.

After it reopens on February 13, 2015, Hollyhock House will feature self-guided “Walk Wright In” tours on Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a fee of $7 for adults, $3 for students and seniors with identification, and $3 for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. Special arrangements may be made for docent-led tours, group tours, guided tours, and other engagements by calling 323.913.4031.


About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grantmaking, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.

About the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world. For more information, please visit

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