SPARKS! Exploring the Arts through STEAM & Literature
SPARKS! launched in the fall of 2023 by exploring digital fabrication tools, literacy, literature, and creative expression across Lorain. Creative arts, nature, science, making, literature, and more converge in experiences that bring the arts to life for community youth in exciting and engaging new ways!
Completed by local Lorain youth from the ACES program as part of the FireFish Arts SPARKS! STEAM enrichment project. “Imagine Lorain” is a 20′ x 10′ canvas, fabric, and painted mixed media mural that was inspired by the CHOICES neighborhood project to reimagine a South Lorain neighborhood.
Working alongside the participating artists, these teens explored the diversity of their community and the assets and institutions that they see as community strengths. As part of the project, art elements were designed and cut by participants at the LCCC Fab Lab.
The left side of the mural was designed and created by local artists to reflect the diversity of South Lorain and the rich cultural mix of the city. A large question mark on the right side of the mural was intended to spark conversation and invite responses to what the future could bring and look like in that neighborhood.
The FireFish SPARKS! project connects artists and youth together in arts and STEAM projects with a goal of transforming lives and communities through the power of the arts. This mural is currently on view as a storefront art installation at 544 Broadway Avenue, Lorain.
FireFish @ Art in the Park
Join FireFish Arts at these engaging hands-on youth and family arts events to create your own “make it – take it” art projects. Activities take place in the City of Lorain Parks and are offered in collaboration with Lorain’s new Art in the Park Project, led by Gloria Buxton.
Youth Programming & SPARKS! Partners
Aces Youth Program, Art in the Park, Lorain County Public Library, Lorain County Community College, Lorain City Schools, the Lorain County Metroparks, El Centro/231 GO! Youth Program, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Main Street Lorain, Start with Art, Lorain Palace Youth Theater, Mad Factory Youth Theatre, North Pointe Ballet, Rock Town Academy
FireFish Arts Mission
As a non-profit community-based arts organization, FireFish Arts works to revitalize the city of Lorain through arts based creative placemaking. We accomplish this by providing pioneering arts programming, community art access and outreach, and critical arts leadership. At the core of this effort is supporting the vital role artists play in their community.
FireFish Arts programs are made possible by the generous support of many individual, business, and corporate sponsors, foundations, and local and state government including the Ohio Arts Council, the City of Lorain, the Lorain County Commissioners, Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Fowler Family Foundation and GM on Main Street.