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Firehouse Art Center

The mission of the Firehouse Art Center is to promote cultural awareness of the arts in the community by: diverse educational programs, events, and curation of local, regional and national exhibits.

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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.

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.

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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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