Firehouse Art Center

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Art Adventures in English and Spanish

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

Art Adventures in English and Spanish is a dual language art class created in collaboration between Obra Arts, the Firehouse Art Center and Longmont Public Media. Channel 8 will begin airing classes on September 26th at 9am.
Art Adventures in English and Spanish is a new dual language online art lessons for young people ages 5 to 18+. Created to address the challenges faced by ELL students and native spanish speakers, while introducing other students to a new language, these dual language classes also address lack of online access and the financial strain of the pandemic.

Dual Language Benefits
Through pre-recorded art lessons that can be accomplished with basic art supplies, Joaynna Gittings will introduce age-appropriate art concepts, foster each young artist's individual creativity and reinforce the neural pathways needed for language learning. These classes will promote bi-literacy, offering a dual language immersion opportunity for all students.

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.:
"The number of children ages 5 to 17 in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the past three decades. These home languages are an asset that should be valued, and research shows that supporting bilingualism from early ages can have wide ranging benefits, from cognitive and social advantages early in life, to long-term employment opportunities and competitiveness in the workplace."

Digital Divide and Equitable Access
Airing these classes on Channel 8 allows all students free access without needing the internet, allowing us to bridge the digital divide apparent in our community. Our hope is to make this as accessible as possible for everyone who could benefit from it.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The effect of schooling moving online has affected different areas of the population disparately. Without access to stable internet, some children are losing opportunities available to their peers. This class can reach them through television's ease of access.

Poetry Night

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
General Public
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Monthly gatherings for the verbal arts community!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Consistent repeat attendees with continued growth in attendance. Interest by participants in other areas of the Firehouse such as committees and the board. Donations and sponsorships given to the Firehouse due to participation in the program. In 2020 we have moved this program to ZOOM and can easily track who (repeats and new guests) is participating.

Exhibitions

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Physically Disabled
Teachers

Description

Exhibitions change monthly in both the Main Gallery and Art Department.

The Firehouse Art Center focuses on contemporary, provocative and even edgy urban art. As a city-owned historic building, the Firehouse is a community gathering space for classes, lectures, events, and visual art exhibitions. Our goal is to engage our audience's curiosity in the arts and their place within it; and to raise cultural awareness and understanding of the arts.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Attendance numbers; interest in sponsorships; number of artist submissions and participation by artists.

Art of Possibilities

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Physically Disabled

Description

The Art of Possibility is a partnership with Imagine's Out & About Catalog program which serves adult with developmental disabilities through community-based activities. The participants visit the gallery, explore and engage in the exhibition with docents and respond to the exhibition though an art activity.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Currently the program is at maximum capacity and is looking to expand access in result of the increased community awareness and support of this program.

Art Attack!

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Hispanics
Migrant Workers

Description

The Art Attack! classes began in 2005, and successfully served as extra-curricular art education for 3rd and 4th grade students who are children of migrant workers and live in the Casa de la Esperanza housing project. Close collaboration with the program coordinator at Casa, has resulted in a continuing, supportive setting for approximately fifteen students each semester who are bused to the FAC classroom one day each week of the school year.

Orgullo Latino is the grown-up world recognizing and encouraging the Casa students to take pride in their artistic efforts. Their two- and three-dimensional artwork is exhibited in the main gallery at the Firehouse, celebrated by an gala opening reception in which Casa families and FAC patrons enjoyed Mexican music, and tasty Mexican food and drink, prepared by the students' mothers in the Casa community center kitchen.

Art Attack is currently being held online through Webex and we are distributing the art kits to students.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Qualitative assessments included enthusiastic bragging in the halls about what went on in the classes, parental curiosity and approval, and most importantly, teachers' notice of small modifications indicating positive changes in the behavior of several students.

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