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: Sparking creativity. Fueling Community. 

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center's mission is to inspire hands, hearts, and minds through art forms produced by heath, spark, or flame. CAFAC fills a unique niche in Minneapolis-St. Paul arts ecosystem, with a focus on art forms that include: 

blacksmithing
electronics
enameling
fire performance
flameworked glass
jewelry making
metal casting
neon light
welding and metal fabrication
and more! 

Education, public art, and social impact are the pillars of our work.

We provide an array of classes open to anyone with an interest, from absolute beginners to master artisans, and youth to adult. We partner with other community organizations to widen our reach and break down barriers to participation in our programs. We offer studio rental and shop access programs that provide artists with the equipment and support they need to develop their craft. We show student work and exhibit local, national, and international artists in our storefront gallery. We produce public art in partnership with artists at all stages in their careers, providing a range of services from mentorship to fabrication.

Since our doors opened in 2010, we've had more than 2000 class registrations from nearly 1500 students. And each year we've worked to reach new milestones for CAFAC, such as: 

2012: launched our studio rental and shop access programs.
2013: introduced three new programs - stained glass, flameworking, and metal casting.
2014: built an enameling kiln suitable for large-scale work - one of only a few in the country - and began work on the John Biggers Seed Project, a public art project in partnership with the City of Minneapolis.
2015: established a gallery program to showcase student work as well as local, national and international artists, with gallery sales proceeds supporting CAFAC's scholarship fund.
2016: opened our neon light program and had a record-breaking 478 enrollments in all of our classes.
2017: supported the work of four public artists working on projects for the City of Minneapolis, including Assemble (29th Avenue North Bikeway) and the West 29th Street Shared Use Project.


Fuel our fires.

CAFAC is proud to be part of a larger effort to bring positive action and needed resources to 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!

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