At the next monthly 2nd Friday Circuit of Art, the Firehouse Art Center will exhibit architectural designs from David Wanzer of 308 Design Collaborative. David’s designs for a remodel of the Firehouse create a contemporary new façade while maintaining the spirit of the original facility. The Firehouse’s capital campaign, “Keeping the Flame of Art Burning,” will officially kick-off in June. Visitors to the gallery will also see examples of student artwork representing the various classes taught at the Firehouse.


Since 1971, the Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc., a non-profit organization, has served Norman and surrounding communities with visual art classes and gallery exhibitions of the highest quality. Our faculty provide a broad spectrum of art instruction for children aged 5-13 as well as instruction for teens and adults in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry construction, photography, stone carving, fused and slumped glass and more, in well equipped, though crowded, classrooms. A wide selection of classes are offered in each of four sessions during the year, with more than 2,000 adult and child enrollments annually. Guest artists of national renown are brought to the Firehouse for weekend workshops which are often coordinated with an exhibition of their work in our gallery. These workshops, listed in national art magazines, attract students from across Oklahoma and surrounding states. 


Enrollment in our programs steadily grows, having more than doubled in the past several years. Norman has grown steadily and the Firehouse has grown with it in the expansion of its offerings if not its space. In the past four years, many Norman elementary schools have utilized Firehouse Art Center faculty to provide on-site art instruction to their students. As a result of these experiences, more children are interested in learning more about art and requests for enrollments in children’s classes continue to expand. The ever-aging facility and limited classrooms need revitalization to keep pace with these growing demands for additional instruction.


Campaign contributions will underwrite the expansion of the current building to add much needed ADA compliant restrooms, classroom and office space. Funds will also assist in crucial building updates such as replacing the crumbling façade. Private support of this campaign will ensure that Norman and surrounding communities can continue to take advantage of the fabulous community services provided by the Firehouse Art Center.


ABOUT THE NORMAN FIREHOUSE ART CENTER – The Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the highest quality.


CONTACT: Carla Chew

Firehouse Art Center

                                                                                  Phone: 405.329.4523 

Fax: 405.292.9763