CHICAGO AVENUE FIRE ARTS CENTER

Fuel our fires! Your contributions help us do hot stuff like provide scholarships, equip our facility and launch new programs.

The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) inspires hands, hearts, and minds through art forms produced by heath, spark, or flame. CAFAC fills a unique niche in arts programming in the Twin Cities, with a focus on fine and industrial art forms that include sculptural welding, blacksmithing, foundry, kiln-formed and torch-worked glass, stained glass, jewelry making, electronics and LED, fire performance, and others. We provide an array of classes open to anyone with an interest, from absolute beginners to master artisans, and youth to adult. We also offer studio rental and shop access programs, and have a storefront gallery space.

Since our doors opened in 2010, we have established flourishing blacksmithing and sculptural welding programs. We've had more than 800 registrations from nearly 600 students, which means many of them come back and help us develop a thriving fire arts learning community. 2012 saw the launch of our studio rental and shop access programs. In 2013 we launched three new programs areas: stained glass, torchworking, and foundry. In 2014 we partnered with the City of Minneapolis on a public art project called The John Biggers Seed Project, which enabled us to build an enameling kiln suitable for large-scale work - one of only a few in the country. Yet to come are neon, kiln-formed glass, and jewelry programs. We're working hard to provide a safe, welcoming, and well-equipped facility to the community, and we need your help to make this possible.

CAFAC is proud to be part of a larger effort to revitalize the area surrounding 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis. We've received incredible support from the City of Minneapolis, Artspace Projects, the four neighborhoods that meet at the intersection of 38th and Chicago (Bancroft, Bryant, Central, and Powderhorn Park), and many friends and neighbors who have made contributions and volunteered their time and talents to help us turn our vision into a reality. We'd be grateful to count you as a supporter too!

"The Fire Arts Center will be a much-need catalyst for change at 38th and Chicago. It fits perfectly with the rich concentration of artists and arts organizations in the 8th Ward. I am delighted to support this grassroots project." --Elizabeth Glidden, 8th Ward City Council Member

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