ArtReach has joined forces with Pearl Dick at the Firehouse Art Studio to create a community art space in the University Village neighborhood to extend the reach of our community services. This new community art space is located in Chicago’s oldest firehouse, dating from 1873, and is a natural progression of the outreach work that ArtReach has provided since 1990. Over 25 years, ArtReach has learned that art instruction should be one key part of a larger suite of services addressing people holistically. In short, everyone lives their life in a rich context and this cannot fall away once one enters an art studio, but rather should be honored and built upon. When ArtReach began working from the Firehouse in the summer of 2015, the community responded enthusiastically and hungrily. Local artists looking for a creative home came out of the woodwork, and a general paucity of local arts resources was expressed again and again.

Located at 1123 W. Roosevelt, the Firehouse boasts its own ceramic studio space and glass hot shop that is open to local community members and ArtReach participants from sites throughout the city. Through scholarships and sliding scale fees for community classes and summer camps, the Firehouse provides a new and attainable resource for local residents and participants at many of the ArtReach sites throughout the city.
 
At the Firehouse, we will offer a variety of ceramic, glass blowing and art programming, workshops, classes, afterschool programming and summer camps for all ages and abilities.
 
See artreachchicago.org/classes, call (773) 907-0841 or email info@artreachchicago.org for more information.