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THE ARTS STUDIO DBA FIREHOUSE ART CENTER

The Firehouse Art Center inspires cultural awareness and human connection by providing life enhancing experiences through art exhibition, art education and cultural events.

aka Firehouse Art Center   |   Longmont, CO   |  www.firehouseart.org

Mission

Our mission is to inspire cultural awareness and human connection by providing life enhancing experiences through art exhibition, art education and cultural events. Our no admission fee gallery shows over 50 artists yearly, introducing thought provoking contemporary artists both local and national to our community. We offer fee based and no fee art classes, for all ages, partnering with Casa de la Esperanza, Imagine! and Spark! to bring art to under resourced areas of our community. We connect our community through cultural events, creating events that are vibrant and educational, sharing traditions while celebrating Longmont art and economy.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Elaine Marie Waterman

Main address

667 4th Ave

Longmont, CO 80501 USA

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EIN

74-2380475

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Art Attack

Firehouse Art Center’s Art Attack program is designed especially for children living at Casa de la Esperanza, a residential community dedicated to helping agricultural workers and their families. During the school year, 4-12 students are involved in weekly classes that explore creativity, group acceptance, cooperation, project planning, and exposure to varied ways of art creating. The purpose of Art Attack is to provide a space to create outside the classroom setting, while still providing structure and access to instruction and feedback.

Currently the program is expanding to work with the City of Longmont Children, Youth & Families Teen program.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

The Art of Possibility is a unique program that offers developmentally disabled participants access to the transformative nature of art through gallery visits, informal docent-led conversations about the art work and a hands-on art activity that responds to the art or uses the same medium as the exhibition.

Population(s) Served

We exhibit over 75 artists in our three gallery spaces throughout the year. We are proud to be a no admission fee gallery space, bringing thought provoking contemporary artists to our community. With no admission fee we increase the equitable access to art. We stop presenting art as a luxury and offer the experience to all community members.

We strive to exhibit artists of color, First Nation artists and under resourced artists. These artists are often disproportionately undervalued and under resourced.

We showcase both local and national artists, providing a wide variety of viewpoints and experiences to our gallery guests.

We work to present bold art that sparks conversation, fosters a sense of belonging and celebrates the beauty of all communities.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of the Firehouse Art Center is to become a community hub for the Arts by creating a space that cultivates diversity, provides educational opportunities and curates exceptional and cutting edge exhibits.

In the next three years the organization plans to accomplish the following:
IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY OF THE ORGANIZATION.
DIVERSIFY AND STREGTHEN THE ORGANIZATION OPERATIONS
ENHANCE BUDGET TO ENSURE FINANCIAL STABILITY.

1. BUILD AN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE ORGANIZATION.
2. DIVERSIFY FUNDING SOURCES AND REVENUE STREAMS.
3. DIVERSIFY THE ORGANIZATION THROUGH ACQUISITION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

The Firehouse takes risks with the art we exhibit; we aim to challenge our viewers. We embrace the grit and diversity of Longmont. We offer a new perspective on what an art gallery is. By changing
our exhibitions frequently we are able to match the fastpaced world we live it. It enables our viewers to see and experience more art and more ideas.

One of our greatest assets is the quality of exhibitions we curate. And all of our programs are
based on that. Our Art Attack program is informed by our exhibitions, our Saturday Art Classes are
inspired by the current exhibition, Art of Possibilities learn and create based on the exhibition and as often as possible our monthly film program is directly related to our featured artist or exhibition.
We have an active tradition of diversity and inclusiveness and continue to partner with groups
such as Universal Peace Creators, to bring in a diverse representation and audience to our
organization. The Firehouse is the only gallery of our type in Longmont that runs regular programming that includes poetry and writing as a form of art.

We are extremely excited about the next 35 years. There is staff balance and experience and, with that, comes the opportunity to review, plan and expand current programming; and consider new programs. Our challenge will be to grow conservatively within our capacity and not succumb to the enthusiastic energy of new staff, ideas, and the continued desire by the community for the Firehouse to be part of their projects. As noted, staff stability has shifted the onus of operating the organization from a hands on responsibility of the board to more cohesive volunteer-based system. The board's focus has, in turn, moved to one more focused on governance, community awareness and fundraising. This has created a time of transition for some board members; and has given the organization the opportunity to invite new members. Having a clearer sense of programs, collaborations, projects and capacity has led to a more deliberate expansion of
the board. Maintaining our historic site and using the space effectively can also be a challenge. We've taken steps to provide a community art space in one of the studio spaces upstairs. Implementing these changes on a small nonprofit budget has proven difficult at
times, but thanks to our close ties with the community, we've found volunteers to help us build
walls, design desk space, and maintain safety standards. Recently our facilities committee (with
new members) completed an “attic to basement" assessment. With that document, we now have yet
another planning tool in place.

Financials

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THE ARTS STUDIO DBA FIREHOUSE ART CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Cross

Front Range Community College

Term: 2022 - 2024

Wayne Northcutt

Colorado University of Boulder

David Hartman

Musician

Diane Martonis

Artist/Instructor FRCC

Jon Fukuda

Limina/Artist

Noah Huber

Photographer

Emmy Delis

Longmont Humane Society

Gerry Scheaffer

Musician

Makenzie Davis

Front Range Community College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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