Norman Firehouse Art Center
444 South Flood Avenue
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement The Norman Firehouse Art Center enriches our community by offering the highest quality visual arts education, experiences and exhibits.
A young artist comtemplates his next move at the 2013 Midsummer Nights' Fair.
Contact Information
Contact Name Douglas Shaw Elder
Contact email
Address 444 South Flood Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 329-4523
Fax 405-292-9763
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Supporters may also sponsor a specific activity or program, i.e., the Chocolate Festival Art Day activities, the Midsummer Nights Children's Art Activities, or donate to funding the Firehouse Art Education In Schools programs that provide art instruction in elementary level Norman Public Schools. The Firehouse also needs volunteers to help set up and tear down the locations for the annual Chocolate Festival and Midsummer Nights art fair. Volunteering or donating can be done online at the website,, by phone or mail, or in person at the Firehouse at 444 South Flood Avenue, Norman, OK.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $355,535.00
Projected Expenses $338,104.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1971
IRS Ruling Year 1971
State Registration Expiration Nov 2015
Mission The Norman Firehouse Art Center enriches our community by offering the highest quality visual arts education, experiences and exhibits.
Background Since 1971, the Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization, has served Norman and surrounding communities with visual art classes and gallery exhibitions of the highest quality. Our faculty provide instruction in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry construction, stone carving, fused and slumped glass and more, in well-equipped classrooms.
Impact The Firehouse Art Center is the proud recipient of the following recent awards and recognition:
  • 2012 Governor's Arts Awards | Arts in Education Award
  • 2012 Norman Arts Council's Fowler Arts Education Award
  • 2009 Finalist in the "Community Effort" category of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards, for The Green Wave.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Norman is the primary service area for the Firehouse Art Center as the facility is centrally located in Norman. Our educational outreach programs focus on Title I elementary schools in Norman, due to budgetary limitations, but our in-house classes are accessed by many students from neighboring communities, from Edmond and Oklahoma City to Pauls Valley, Blanchard, Newcastle and other nearby communities.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Primary & Elementary Schools
Tertiary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Community & Neighbourhood Development
The Firehouse Art Center is committed to stimulating and sustaining quality arts education for children and adults in Norman and surrounding communities.
During the past fiscal year, 468 children ages 5 –13, enrolled in classes offered at the Firehouse Art Center. The Art After School (AAS) program at the Firehouse, offered September through May, taught 178 students in three sessions offered in the 2013- 2014 school year.
In 2007, the FAC redesigned its children’s curriculum in a manner similar to nationally recognized programs of excellence, which is currently implemented under the title “Creating with the Masters.” This method of developing class programming utilizes the work of master artists to educate children about the history of the visual arts, artists, techniques, museums, self-expression, and creativity. Instructors also utilize the Oklahoma Standards for Fine Arts: Visual Arts Guidelines for each class. Additionally, the Firehouse partners with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History to provide students with regularly scheduled visits to the museums.

Last year, 253 students enrolled in the Children’s Summer Art Program (CSAP). Using the same curriculum guidelines as AAS classes, CSAP includes two daily classes, one 2D (drawing/painting) and one 3D (ceramics/sculpture). CSAP culminates with a gallery exhibition that includes one piece of artwork from each child.

Our faculty provide instruction in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry construction, stone carving, fused and slumped glass and more, in well-equipped classrooms.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
The Firehouse Art Center is an active participant in partnering and hosting high quality community events, which engage more than 8,424 attendees per year. Each of these events includes the provision of free art activities, and include:
  • The Chocolate Festival (Over 4,000 in attendance)

  • Midsummer Nights’ Fair (Over 2,500 people attending over two evenings with visual art booths, demonstrations, children’s art and live entertainment in Lions Park)

  • Plaza District Festival (Approximately 500 attendees)

  • Oklahoma Creativity Forum (1200 in attendance)

  • Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art Toast to the Arts

  • Earth Day

  • UN Water Day

  • Start Norman

  • NAIC Bands and BBQ

Children’s art education is always highlighted at Firehouse- hosted events. Each occasion includes free visual arts activities for children such as painting a section of the Art Wall, sketching from live models, using thumbprints as a means of drawing, or participating in creating foil sculptures and painting “Creative Cubes.”

Annual events include:

The Chocolate Festival is open to the public with free art activities (painting and sculpting) for attendees. At the FAC's only fundraiser, attendees may purchase tickets to try 10 or 15 samples of chocolate-themed food supplied by local restaurants and caterers who donate their samples in support of the FAC and its art education programs.

Midsummer Nights' Fair is a free art fair in Lions Park that includes 30 artist booths, live bands and plenty of food vendors for a Friday and Saturday evening. FAC faculty demonstrate multiple artistic mediums and attendees may paint on the Art Wall, sculpt or draw from a live model in the center tent.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Adults
The FAC Gallery represents professional artists working in all media, including painting, collage, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, and photography. Built in 1983, the gallery offers quality, free educational art exhibitions to the public and promotes artwork from emerging, established, local and out-of-state artists. In 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, the FAC received the Norman Transcript Reader’s Choice Award for Best Gallery in Norman. Additionally, each August, the gallery hosts the Children’s Summer Art Show; an exhibit displaying the work of nearly 300 children who participated in the Children’s Summer Art Program. A formal opening provides the opportunity for students enrolled in all sessions of the CSAP to show off their work to parents and friends. The Firehouse hosted seven gallery exhibitions in FY2013-2014.
The Firehouse is home to a gift shop, unique to Norman because it represents high quality fine art and craft pieces with multiple price points. The gift shop only displays original art, typically from artists who make their living from artwork sales. Around 150 active artists are represented, 90% of whom are based in Oklahoma. These artists normally do not participate in the gallery systems, but sell their work at fairs and shops. Through their feedback, it is apparent that the FAC’s hours of operation, open 46 hours a week, ideal location for reaching non-art community members from the surrounding city park, and high quality standards for artwork, have led to additional sales and wage provision for these individuals. The gift shop emphasizes the Firehouse’s commitment to promoting local professional artists.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Since 2007, the Firehouse has made a concerted effort to secure funding for outreach art education programs to Norman Public School district’s elementary schools through grants, donations and partnerships. In FY 2014, $23,000 was invested in this program for faculty and art supplies.

In 2013-2014, a total of 2,294 Norman public school children directly received the benefit of 772 hours of art instruction from Firehouse faculty. The Firehouse supported weekly art education at Title 1 schools, such as Jackson Elementary (515+ students per year), and provided art supplies to Lakeview Elementary (243 students per year). At Jackson Elementary, Firehouse faculty provided daily art instruction, ensuring that every student attended an art class once every two weeks.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder
Start Date Jan 2007
Experience Mr. Elder has a MFA in sculpture from Boston University, Post-Baccalaureate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA in Drawing from Missouri State University. Douglas began researching the links between creativity and business with Dr. Dan Lavallo at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the late 90’s and continued research projects for six years while teaching drawing and sculpture at Boston University. He continues to pursue research interests in creativity and innovation as a research fellow at the University of Sydney. He is an arts education and non-profit consultant and serves on the Norman Public Arts Board and committees for Creative Oklahoma, TEDxOU and the Oklahoma Artists Network. He has lectured at the University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, College of Architecture and Sarkey’s Southwest Regional Leadership Conference. Under his leadership, the Firehouse Art Center received the 2012 Oklahoma Governor’s Award for Arts Education.
Senior Staff
Kristyn BriganceExecutive Assistant
Sally FrechReceptionist/Registrar
Rochelle QuillmanAccountant
Emily SmartVisual Designer and Development
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 5
Number of Contract Staff 25
Number of Volunteers 275
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2008
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Governor's Arts in Education AwardState of Oklahoma2012
Fowler Arts Education AwardNorman Arts Council2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Byron Jackson
Company Affiliation Motivational Speaker, Possibilities, Inc.
Term Mar 2016 to Aug 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Oct 25, 2016
Board of Directors List
Sherry Brown Republic Bank & TrustVoting
Byron Jackson PresidentPossibilities, Inc.Voting
Greg Keenon Sunbeam Family ServicesVoting
Sue Madole RetiredVoting
Michael Schade Dunlap CoddingNonVoting
Nassim Seyedali-Hursh HomemakerVoting
Debby Williams Art and Design ConsultantVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 5
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 10 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016-Aug 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $355,535
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $338,104
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$147,824$125,946$138,374
Individual Contributions$35,865$33,445$12,497
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16,887$10,790$8,096
Unrealized Gain/Loss($8,926)$10,594$8,504
Membership Dues$18,376$13,944$14,606
Special Events$44,402$32,655$29,260
Revenue In-Kind$77,300$77,300$82,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$418,909$397,908$383,274
Administration Expense$100,661$114,116$100,018
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.051.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$664,086$609,757$584,424
Current Assets$563,090$507,036$480,781
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$47,871$36,744$38,928
Total Net Assets$616,215$573,013$545,496
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.7613.8012.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $231,044Earned Revenue $234,867Earned Revenue $212,026
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $147,824Govt - Unspecified $125,946Govt - Unspecified $138,374
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $77,300Revenue in-Kind $77,300Revenue in-Kind $82,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
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Address 444 South Flood Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 329-4523
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder
Board Chair Byron Jackson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Motivational Speaker, Possibilities, Inc.


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