22600 Napier Road, Novi, MI 48374
8:00am - 10pm or dusk
The City of Novi has acquired four acres of property located on Napier Road, near Nine Mile Road. The four acre property, previously owned by internationally famed artist David Barr, includes a home, studio and sculpture garden. Future plans for the property include a public park, sculpture garden and cultural education center.
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Since its inception, Villa Barr Art Park has had numerous supporters who want to see it continue to evolve. Ideas for programming, investments and marketing have been very broad.
In April, 2021 a strategic plan was completed with five main themes identified:
- An educational resource.
- A means of connecting the City, the region, the state and the world with all that Villa Barr has to offer: the knowledge, experience, uniqueness and richness of David, his work and Villa Barr.
- An unprecedented opportunity to be a "community convener" and respectfully and authentically preserve the legacy of David and his Villa Barr.
- A community cultural institution that would benefit from some form of tracking and evaluation.
- A sustainable park with a variety of funding sources to ensure the long-term attraction of the park and the residency program.
Strategic Plan 2021
Villa Barr Grand Opening - October 12, 2018
Despite a cool and drizzly evening, more than 75 people attended the opening of Villa Barr on Friday, October 12, including friends and family of David Barr and Beth Dwaihy-Barr. A unique park was the aim of City Council, beginning with support to enter a purchase agreement for the property and continuing with the allocation of development funds. The Friends of Villa Barr provided insight regarding the design of the park and many commented how the park is representative of what the Barrs envisioned — a place to highlight arts and culture in Novi.
As always, the completion of a park requires the coordination of numerous City departments. Villa Barr Art Park came together with the assistance of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, Department of Public Works - Engineering Divisions, and the Facilities and Parks and Municipal Grounds divisions of the Integrated Solutions Team. The Novi Parks Foundation and the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs provided funds to assist with park amenities and improvements to the home.
The mission of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is to provide exceptional park, recreation and cultural opportunities that are diverse and enhance lives.
July 30, 2018
Stone pathways have been laid throughout much of the park in preparation of allowing patrons to maneuver between the various sculptures on site.