File under “not cool.”
If you love the arts in LA (and if you're reading this chances are you do), you might want to contact your civic leaders about the cancellation of Spring Classes at the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz, one of the city's best and most accessible sources for popular art training.
From the BAP's Facebook page:
SPRING CLASSES CANCELLED: Due to the current financial crisis in the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Cultural Affairs has canceled spring classes for the Barnsdall and Junior Arts Centers. There is a Art, Parks, Health and Aging Committee Meeting Monday March 22, 2010 at 10am at City Hall, Room 1060. The …current DCA budget dilemma will be discussed. 323.644.6295 BAC 323.644.6275 JAC
Again, please let the bean counters know that you care about art education in Los Angeles.
Park history, from their website:
Located at the crest of Olive Hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Park had its beginning in the early 1900's when Aline Barnsdall came West with plans to develop a theatre company. When Aline Barnsdall donated the Park and its Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures to the City of Los Angeles in 1927, she wished to provide an accessible arts center, incorporating and preserving the famous Hollyhock House as a vital component. The spirit of Barnsdall's intention was to maintain an active arts center for the community was assured longevity.
Programs and exhibits became a part of the mission of the Park, programs that are used by thousands of Los Angeles community members as well as visitors from throughout the world. The Community Arts Division of the Cultural Affairs Department manages the Park. For more information regarding the Cultural Affairs Department see their web site at www.culturela.org. Programs include the adult and youth art classes at the Barnsdall Art Center and the Junior Arts Center, the Barnsdall Art Center and the Hollyhock House; museum education and tours programs at the Municipal Art Gallery, the Junior Arts Center Gallery and the Hollyhock House; theatre programs at the Gallery Theatre; and, numerous festivals during the year that celebrate the cultural diversity of the community.