FireFish Arts
2024 Youth Programs

2024 Youth Programs


Solar Eclipse

Join FireFish Arts on Monday, April 8th at Black River Landing to celebrate the 2024 Total Eclipse of the Port presented by Lorain Port Authority! The event is from 12 pm-6 pm with vendors, food trucks, and performances by The Michael Weber Show and DJ Dave Haas. FireFish Arts and the STEAM teen apprentices will be vendors and sell their maker space creations as a fundraiser for FireFish Arts.

We Walk Together – Asphalt Mural Contest

FireFish Arts is thrilled to invite artists in grades 4-12 to participate in our Asphalt Mural Contest, hosted in partnership with the City of Lorain, El Centro, Horizon Science Academy, and the Lorain Public Library System. The top four winning designs will be transformed into a stunning mural to be painted in the street at the intersection of Pearl Ave and E 31st St in South Lorain. Our goal is to spark your creativity and bring pride to the community!

The theme is “We Walk Together”. Lorain has grown from a quiet shipbuilding town at the mouth of the Black River to the ninth-largest city in the state, full of a range of cultures and people that make Lorain unique. The theme asks artists to reflect on their culture and share their experiences with the community so that others can walk a day in their shoes and are reminded that we all live together here in Lorain.

Children will have the opportunity to work with FireFish artist, Cam Goodrich, in after-school workshops to help prepare their designs for judging. She will help with color theory, how to convey ideas more clearly and give technical tips about perspective and proportions.

Lorain Tornado Centennial Commemoration

To honor the 100th anniversary of the tornado that came through Lorain in 1924, local organizations are working together to remember the victims and survivors of the tornado and promote awareness around the rebuilding and rebirth that followed.

Events and activities to commemorate the tornado will be held beginning Friday, June 28, 2024, and continue throughout the summer. A central community program and event calendar can be found on the Lorain Historical Society’s website.

FireFish Arts is working with the Lorain Historical Society and the Black River Stamp Club to design memorial envelopes for the special Lorain Tornado Stamp. Envelopes will be created by FireFish Arts STEAM teen apprentices and sold during the commemoration event. The organization is also working with the LHS summer camp to create memorial lanterns.

Second Saturday SPARKS! Luminary Community Workshops

Held on the Second Saturday during the summer months at the Church of the Redeemer from 12 to 2 pm in downtown Lorain in partnership with Main Street Lorain. Families can create cosmic-themed memorial lanterns during the workshop and bring them to the FireFish Festival for the Community Lantern Parade.

Art in the Park

FireFish artists are excited to work with Art in the Park to present local youth from the El Centro 231 Go! Summer Camp and other local youth programs to offer “make and take” arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm at parks in Lorain this summer. This is a wonderful opportunity for young artists to learn about creativity and innovation and inspire the next generation of artists and makers.

June 12th & 26th – Oakwood Park

July 19th – Oberlin

July 24th – Sargent Sam Felton Park

Luminary and Memorial Lantern – Making Workshops

Cosmic-themed memorial lanterns will be made by youth and their families during local community events and bring them to the FireFish Festival for the Community Lantern Parade.

Lorain Public Library Summer Programs

Cosmic-themed memorial lanterns will be made by youth and their families at workshops held at the Lorain Public Library Create Space in downtown Lorain and bring them to the FireFish Festival for the Community Lantern Parade.

Snowflake/Flowerpot Downtown Art Installation
Get ready to be amazed by the creativity of Lorain’s youth! For this creative placemaking/STEAM project, ACES teens designed and cut paper snowflakes that were then scanned, and laser cut large-scale for placement in plant-filled pots in front of the “Imagine Lorain” mural and in the “Art Alley” west of Broadway between 4th and 5th Streets. The teens learned about and discussed symmetry, radial symmetry, weather patterns/seasons, climate change, and more.

Painted Star Window Installation

This teen-designed project introduced concepts and discussions about astronomy and the winter night sky as ACES teens created hand-painted stars. The decorative pieces were installed in the adjacent storefront to the “Imagine Lorain” quilt/mural.