In 1974, under the leadership of Mary Campbell, the Griffith Park Board suggested a fair of fine arts be held in Griffith Central Park.
A committee of people who appreciated arts and culture was formed. This new endeavor would be known as A Park Full of Art. Charles VanGorp was appointed the chairman with the Griffith High School art teacher, Charles Ricks, brought in as a consultant. After the first show he assumed the chairmanship and is currently residing.
The first show had 54 artists and a few committee members. Today the show hosts over 120 artists and has many new committee members as well as the original few. This show continues to be a juried show and follows specific guidelines of expectations so that we may continue to bring the finest art to our community.
In the early 80s the committee began awarding a scholarship to Griffith High Schools' senior students interested in further fine arts education. A scholarship sub committee was created to review submitted acceptance letters and portfolios.
"A Park Full of Art" is a non-profit organization which utilizes the money collected from artists' entry fees and the show's concessions.
Today the show has grown in stature and popularity. It draws upward of 5,000 people for the 2 day show. Participating artists represent home states as far away as New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin as well as a number of artists who reside locally.