BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Member Nomination Guidelines
The Firehouse Art Center in Longmont is seeking enthusiastic and creative leaders to join its Board of Directors. As a Board Member, you will be assisting & supporting a successful visual arts non-profit organization that has been the visual art center serving the St. Vrain Valley and Boulder County since 1986. The Firehouse Art Center’s Board of Directors supports and guides the organization to help it realize the full impact of its mission and vision. It is a supportive network, committed to inclusion of a variety of identities, perspectives, and skill sets. Applicants need not have previous board leadership experience, but must be willing to contribute their time and resources to advancing the Firehouse’s mission. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about supporting the organization’s growth through advocacy, fundraising, service, and acting as an ambassador for the organization.
Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
• Participate in FAC’s annual board retreat, regular board meetings, and in working groups and committees.
• Serve as an advisor to FAC’s Executive Director. Each board member supports FAC’s activities by offering their unique expertise and guidance.
• Help establish policy, procedures, and regulations for the operation of FAC and provide legal and fiduciary oversight.
• Act as an ambassador for FAC and represent the organization to stakeholders.
• Make FAC a philanthropic priority and assist in the organization’s fundraising efforts. No minimum giving and fundraising amount is set, but board members are expected to proactively reach out to their personal and professional networks to solicit contributions for FAC and make a personally meaningful financial gift to FAC each year.
• Serve a two-year term (to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term). Service on FAC’s Board of Directors is without remuneration
Please send a letter of intent and resume to Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave, Longmont CO 80501.
THE FIREHOUSE TEAM
Elaine Waterman brings over 11 years of arts education and programming experience to the Firehouse Art Center. Elaine completed her BFA from The College of William and Mary in Sculpture with a minor in Art History. With a Fashion Design and Illustration degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Elaine started her career in the arts as a Fashion Designer in NYC, working for Bloomingdales as well as Marvel Comics. As a professional artist, Elaine has exhibited in galleries from New York to Los Angeles. Prior to her current position, she served as the Studio Project Coordinator at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the Education Program Coordinator at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Elaine’s biggest passion is introducing students, young and old, to the artist within, and she believes that art can be a powerful agent of social change. She is committed to working with curator, Brandy Coons, to exhibit art that dynamically engages viewers and encourages creative discourse. Elaine feels that community involvement is a top priority and is looking forward to expanding the Firehouse Art Center’s community outreach through innovative programming for adults and children.
Grace Gutierrez is a Longmont, Colorado based artist working in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, and video art. Her work celebrates her mixed-race, Chicanx identity, and is a response to deeply personal experiences as well as her family’s experiences navigating culture, heritage, and stereotypes. She is inspired by Mexican folk art, folklore, and literature. Constant reflection of community and cultural pride helps Grace build sentimental narratives to encourage empathy, equity, and pride within our communities.
Grace was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado where she still resides, working to expand creative opportunities for local artists. Grace received her BFA with an emphasis in painting and ceramics from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2020. Grace first was a part of the Firehuse team as an intern while going to college for art. She returned to the Firehouse in 2020 as the Curatorial Assistant and went on to help launch the Ceramics Studio at the Firehouse.
Programs and Membership Coordinator
Emily Moore was born in Mons, Belgium, and moved to Colorado Springs when she was ten years old. She moved to Longmont, Colorado after completing a year of service in Americorps, NCCC in 2017, serving as the Project and Community Liaison. Since then, she has attended Front Range Community College, taking a plethora of arts related classes, and working for the FRCC art studio, The Russel Coburn Gallery as a studio assistant. Trained in two full years of painting and figure drawing, she utilizes these skills to create her own works in oil and acrylic paint, often employing the figure and people as a part of the composition. She paints private commissions, murals, and original works.
From experiencing many transitions, growing up in a military family, she has consistantly utilized painting and art as a grounding force and way to process emotions. Knowing the power of art, Emily strives to share artistic tools and means of expression with the community to benefit others. One way she shares the power of art is by teaching painting on an individual basis, and through supporting the Firehouse Art Center.
CERAMICS STUDIO FACILITATOR
This recruitment is open until the position is filled or a sufficient number of applications have been reviewed to establish a qualified candidate pool.
First review of applications will occur on August 20, 2022.
The Ceramics Studio Facilitator will be responsible for firing the kiln twice weekly, including loading and unloading. They will be in charge of general upkeep of the studio and will monitor clay supplies.
The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for the arts and community building as well as knowledge of ceramics studio maintenance. Candidates should be organized, able to multitask, delegate, meet deadlines and problem solve.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Facilitation of classroom spaces
Coordinate with the Executive Director any needs to to ensure satisfactory and safe studio environment
- General cleaning and upkeep, not to include cleaning up after members, as members are responsible for cleaning up after studio usage.
Manage equipment and materials in an effective and sustainable manner
Communicate and coordinate equipment and materials needs with the Executive Director.
Communicate maintenance needs and requests made by instructors, monitors and/or students to the Executive Director.
Alert Executive Director on needs regarding ordering of all supplies and materials that are required for the studio.
- Be an engaged team member to promote personal growth and development of best practices in the department
- Respond to emails and approval requests in a timely manner.
- Keep regular and consistent weekly hours and make the schedule available to all studio-users and administration.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
- Occasionally required to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
- Must be able to climb one flight of stairs regularly throughout the day.
- Must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.
- Established creative skill set in ceramics or other relevant experience. Certified knowledge of kiln safety is an significant asset.
- Mature attitude; ability to work autonomously in a collaborative environment.
- A strong team player with a mature attitude and ability to work autonomously in a collaborative environment.
This position will be open until filled, but we encourage applicants to submit their materials by August 15, 2022.
How to Apply: Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “First Name Last Name Ceramics Studio Facilitator”. The cover letter should be no more than 500 words describing why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are the best candidate for the position. Address emails to Elaine Waterman. Please also include contacts for 2 professional references.
This is a contract position for a weekly rate of $50.
Firing 2x a week (incuding load and unload), general upkeep- 2-3 hours a week
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Requires one (1) year of experience in a ceramics studio
- Interest in the arts
- Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle preferred.
Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Firehouse Art Center is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Firehouse Art Center will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Executive Director at 303-651-2787. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.