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. She holds a degree in Fine Art and English Literature from the College of William and Mary, and a Masters Certificate in Art Adminstration from CU Boulder. 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. Elaine comes to the Firehouse after serving 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. Her goal is to provide support and resources to local artists and increase awareness, funding and access to the arts for all. 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. Elaine is excited to spearhead the curation of the Firehouse’s three gallery spaces and hopes to continue exhibiting art that dynamically engages viewers and encourages creative discourse.
Eric Kawczynski, born and raised in Longmont, has been active within Colorado arts communities since he was little. After graduating from Longmont High School, he moved to Denver to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism. In May of 2018, Eric presented his undergraduate thesis Preserving Myth, Mystery and the Homoerotic Gaze in Early Modern Rome: Expository Evidence of La Galleria dei Carracci at the Center for Visual Arts. In addition to art historical research and application, he spent his free time throwing pottery. Inspired by organic form and utilitarian design, his body of work from the wheel consists mainly of functional stoneware.
Eric believes engaging with art should not only be a tool for introspection but also as a tool for activism and sociopolitical reformation. He believes that art, in its true nature, should be a source of culture-sharing through unique experience and education for all.
“I believe interacting with art is the solution to building strong communities and reinforcing safe spaces for complex and uncomfortable conversations to take place. Firehouse Art Center embodies the environment that’s necessary for our collective consciousness to flourish. I’m proud to represent an organization that’s committed to its community and patrons.”
Facilities and Events
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.
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 FEBRUARY 1, 2023
The education program assistant will be in charge of general upkeep of the classrooms, the ceramics studio and they will monitor clay and classroom 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 or instructors, as members and instructors 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.
- Experience in teaching the creative arts to a wide range of ages
- 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 January 15, 2023.
How to Apply: Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter via email to email@example.com, subject line “First Name Last Name Education Assistant”. 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.
3-5 hours a week- typically 2 hours of admin and 2 hours of hand on studio time.
In the Summer, the Education Assistant will be responsible for assisting during Summer Camps and hours will increase to 10 per week.
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Interest in the arts
- Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle preferred.
- High Schoolers are encouraged to apply if they are older than 16 and are comfortable working with children
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.
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