A Small Place with a Big Impact

Joshua Callaway

You wouldn’t immediately know it from the sight of the small building on Flood Avenue, but some really special things go on inside those doors.

“Our job is to provide visual arts opportunities and experiences to the communities,” said Douglas Shaw Elder, the Executive Director of the Norman Firehouse Art Center.

The Norman Firehouse Art Center is a non-profit organization that, since 1971, has been providing art opportunities to people of all ages in Norman.

“We write grants for kids ages five to thirteen, we also have a teen program, in fact, one of our college entry programs received over a half a million dollars in scholarships, and we also do a full range of adult classes,” said Elder.

The center provides classes in numerous types of art ranging from painting and drawing, to stone carving and jewelry making. If it is a form of of visual art, the skill can be learned from great people in a great environment at the Norman Firehouse Art Center.

“We’re really focused on creating opportunities for people to be creative both here and out in the community,” said Kristyn Brigance, the Executive Assistant at the Center.

The Norman Firehouse Art Center has been going strong for just shy of fifty years and looks to continue to progress and become bigger and better. The city of Norman certainly appreciates the big impact that this small place has provided, and continues to provide. ONLINE VIDEO