During the period just closed, the chief concern of the Department of
Art has been to try to awaken the public consciousness toward Art as a
civic as well as an esthetic necessity. To this end, it has co-operated
as far as possible with all art exhibitions, both public and private;
and will all movements tending, however indirectly, toward a wider
knowledge of and a deeper interest in Art and its direct application to

Through the efforts of the Art Department, a course of three lectures on
The Development of California Painting, illustrated by a remarkable
Comparative Exhibition of California Art then on view at the Palace of
Fine Arts, was offered to the clubs in the City Federation at a nominal
cost by J. Nilsen Lurvik, Director of the Palace of Fine Arts Museum.
The lectures were enthusiastically received, but the financial loss
prevented a repetition of the experiment. However, I like to feel that,
over and above the educational advantages of the course, ti was
instrumental in enlisting the interest and support of the City and
County Federation for the Palace of Fine Arts, for as long as it shall
be maintained by private subscription. Actual participation to the
extent of $12.00 annually in the financial support of one of the five or
six great Art Museums of the country should be a matter of pride, not
only to the Department of Art, and the Board of the City federation, but
to the individual clubs as well. It is a beginning toward meeting our
obligations toward civic art.



Transcribed by Elaine Sturdevant

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