Who We Are

images-1Our focus is singular. Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee (BACSAC) is dedicated to providing affordable, quality arts education to children and adults in the Los Angeles area. We accomplish this by providing creative, financial, advocacy and administrative support to Barnsdall Art Center (BAC) and Junior Arts Center (JAC) in the heart of Hollywood.

BACSAC is a a 501(c)(3) organization volunteer-operated organization. Get Involved OR Donate Now

What We Do

We support and develop programming for all classes at the art center. BACSAC funds approximately 50% of classes and instructors, supplemental staff for City offices, and provides close to 100% of class supplies.

imgres-1Barnsdall Art Center (BAC) and Junior Arts Center (JAC) more than 75 courses in fine arts, design, music and crafts year round in 4 sessions: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

To supplement the arts community at Barnsdall Art Park, BACSAC also develops and supports programming for the Junior Arts Center Gallery and advocates for continuing arts education in Hollywood.

BAC, JAC, and the Junior Arts Center Gallery are operated by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with BACSAC.

Barnsdall Art Park: The Legacy of Aline Barnsdall

BarnsdallAn iconic center for history, art, and culture in Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Park is the legacy of Aline Barnsdall. A wealthy oil heiress, Aline Barnsdall (1882–1946) was a woman ahead of her time. Unconventional and independent, Barnsdall was a supporter of the arts, an early feminist, and a proponent of progressive social and political causes.

In 1919, Barnsdall purchased a 35-acre parcel known as Olive Hill, and hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design an arts and theater complex on the site. She donated the property to the City of Los Angeles in 1927, stipulating its use an accessible arts center and demonstrating her belief that “no country can be great until the least of its citizens has been touched by beauty, truth, and freedom.”

The spirit of Aline Barnsdall’s vision endures today as Barnsdall Art Park, a vibrant gathering place and center for public arts and culture. Located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, the park and all facilities are operated by the City of Los Angeles.