FireFish Arts
2024 Youth Programs

2024 Youth Programs

Imagine Lorain

“Imagine Lorain” is a 20′ x 10′ canvas, fabric, and painted mixed media mural inspired by the City of Lorain/Lorain Metropolitan Housing CHOICES neighborhood project to reimagine a South Lorain neighborhood. The collaborative work of art was created by FireFish artists Camara Goodrich, Maia Arabuli, Julie Remnick, Katy Loman, and Joan Perch, working alongside local Lorain teens from the ACES program as part of the FireFish Arts SPARKS! STEAM enrichment project. This work of art has been on display in downtown Lorain and at the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at Lorain County Community College as part of the “Art Maker on the Move” exhibit.


Winter Snowflake/Flowerpot Downtown Art Installation

Teens learned about symmetry, radial symmetry, weather patterns/seasons, and climate change, then designed and cut paper snowflakes.  These were scanned and laser-cut large-scale for placement in greens-filled pots in downtown Lorain.


Painted Star Window Installation

Another creative placemaking project, this hand-painted and teen-designed project introduces concepts and discussion about astronomy and the winter night sky. The decorative pieces are installed in various public spaces in downtown Lorain and at the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at Lorain County Community College as part of the “Art Maker on the Move” exhibit.


Solar Eclipse Maker Project

Using a design thinking approach, STEAM teen apprentices research, design and create a product to commemorate for the 2024 Solar Eclipse, then market and sell their makerspace creations as a fundraiser for SPARKS! Programming.


Lorain 1924 Tornado Centennidal Postmark Envelope

With the Lorain Historical Society and the Black River Stamp Club, art students from Lorain High School design memorial envelopes for the special Lorain Tornado postmark that will be sold during the commemoration event.


We Walk Together Asphalt Mural Contest

FireFish Arts and the entire Asphalt Art Mural team are working with young artists in grades 4-12 on the collaborative Asphalt Mural Contest. Youth are invited to create designs that reflect their culture and lives and focus on the idea we all live together, side by side, in the “International City” of Lorain.  Four designs are selected and transformed into a vibrant mural painted in the street at the intersection of Pearl Ave and E 31st St in South Lorain. Executed in partnership with the City of Lorain, El Centro, Horizon Science Academy, and the Lorain Public Library System.


Summer Apprentice/Mentor Program

A cohort of Lorain teens are trained to mentor youth at SPARKS! Cosmic and STEAM Camps, and assist as apprentices creating community art, lanterns, and the FireFish for the annual FireFish Festival


COSMIC SUMMER CAMPS

El Centro’s 231Go!

Four two-week summer Cosmic Camp Experiences for middle school students as part of El Centro’s 231Go! Summer Camps are led by FireFish artists with the SPARKS! teen apprentices serving as mentors.

ACES Summer STEAM Camp

Weekly sessions during the ACES 8-week summer camp, led by FireFish artists with the SPARKS! teen apprentices serving as mentors.


Art In The Park

As part of our SPARKS! Programming, we are excited to partner with Art in the Park to present arts activities for local youth. The event offers “make and take” arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm at parks in Lorain this summer.


FireFish Festival

Art created during the year by SPARKS! teen artists/mentors are exhibited during the annual FireFish Festival in downtown Lorain.  SPARKS! youth artists also participate in the culminating community lantern parade and burning of the FireFish. The teen apprentices will assist in set up, performance, and tear-down of the event.


ACES Teen Training

FireFish Arts provides weekly workshops for approximately twenty ACES teens that design and execute community public art for annual winter events in downtown Lorain, including “snowflake pots,” stars, and other projects.