The Firehouse Art Center is celebrating this holiday season by bringing artist Justin Favela to Longmont!

Using his signature piñata style, the gallery will be transformed into a large nativity scene inspired by traditional Mexican constructions also known as belenes creche or pesebres de navidad, and in particular his own grandmother’s creative scenes. We are very excited to host Isabel Favela, Justin’s Grandmother, who will be helping to direct the installation with us!

The exhibit will be produced using simple materials such as tissue paper and cardboard, and will be created over the course of four days, from November 22-25. We’re inviting local volunteers to complete the process based on Favela’s blueprint – adding their own touches along the way.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. His latest major project, Puente Nuevo, is on view at the Amon Carter Museum or American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, through June of 2020. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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Volunteer Sign-up for installation is now live at