Vision

The Firehouse Art Center shapes Longmont’s creative identity and improves our community’s
quality of life by providing meaningful engagement with art and culture.

Mission

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

Firehouse Art Center

History

Since 1986 The Arts Studio, Inc. of Longmont, Colorado has served the community by promoting art education for adults and children, by creating opportunities for exhibition, and co-founding ArtWalk Longmont. In 1987, the Arts Studio,Inc. and the Longmont Council for the Arts collaborated on the renovation of the old firehouse, a historic landmark in downtown Longmont. This provided a facility for art education and classes, which was our main focus for the next ten years.

In 1999, the Arts Studio, Inc. unveiled a renovated interior of the Old Firehouse Art Center creating a permanent art gallery and improving the member’s gallery and classroom. Since that time, the Arts Studio, Inc. has increased the quality and frequency of programs and endeavor to provide exhibitions that engage and energize the community. During the past five years the Arts Studio’s programming has expanded in response to the increased demands of the area’s growing population. Our commitment to raising the standard of artistic quality has been recognized in reviews and feature stories by the newspaper, magazine, online and television media. Also noteworthy is our receipt of the 2001 and 2003 Arts Nova Awards from the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, recognizing entreprenuerism and innovation in a non-profit organization.

The Firehouse Art Center curates twelve unique exhibitions a year mixing solo and group shows. In keeping with our mission, our exhibitions are a diverse blend of traditional and contemporary styles that intersperse the work of local, regional and national artists.

Our Values

Excellence in Art Exhibition and Art Education

The Firehouse holds itself to the highest standards of curatorial excellence.  We strive to present great art from contemporary artists creating in today’s world, whether local or national, from established to groundbreaking upstarts, from two-dimensional to room and mind expanding installations.  We inspire, celebrate, and support creatives within different mediums to encourage innovative exhibits and artistic endeavors. Our education programs are also held to these high standards and we foster creativity and free expression for all students.

Belonging to a Community

We build community through our programs, exhibits and actions, promoting open and active participation of our social base. For artistic communities, we provide a network of support for learning, collaboration and exhibition. We seek out and promote perspectives that expand our community’s understanding of each other. We believe the Firehouse is a place where people can see themselves with dignity and each other with empathy.

Open and Welcoming

We are a welcoming and uncensored space that celebrates diverse perspectives, promoting artistic opportunities across the cultural and economic spectrum. We foster conversations between different communities using art and culture as a bridge, stimulating new understandings and insights into our shared humanity.  The Firehouse believes that art and artists can play a powerful role in our communities both inside and outside the gallery walls, and we accept the controversies that may accompany thought provoking conversations.

Equity

Our purpose is to altruistically provide opportunities for art education and appreciation to everyone in the community in an equitable manner.

Collaborative

We create mutually beneficial, mission driven partnerships to amplify our impact and elevate the communities we serve. 

Action to Create Impact

We strive to be an agile organization that listens to the community’s changing needs. We commit to innovation even through the challenges associated with trying new things and will adapt our strategies as we learn.

Passion in our Identity and History

We are a driving force for creativity in Downtown Longmont and we commit to providing artistic excellence in a manner befitting a City creative cornerstone.  We value hard work, professionalism, accountability, creativity, and achievement and through these qualities make the Firehouse Art Center Longmont’s creative community hub.

Quick Facts

  • The Firehouse is a Center for Art in Longmont, Colorado, Our beautiful building provides a hub for artists in the area.
  • Two resident artists have studios in the building.
  • We have a ceramics studio and student classroom upstairs.
  • Artists and enthusiasts have an opportunity to communicate through our membership group and regular events
  • We enable people to gain work experience in the arts by offering Internships and Volunteer Opportunities to people in the community, especially to students.