Open House signals end of FireHouse Community Arts Academy hiatus

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance is poised to kick off the new season of the FireHouse Community Arts Academy, with an Open House on tap this weekend.

TSD Newsroom | 3/19/2015, 1:41 p.m.
The Memphis Black Arts Alliance is poised to kick off the new season of the FireHouse Community Arts Academy, with ...
Bennie Nelson West

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance is poised to kick off the new season of the FireHouse Community Arts Academy, with an Open House on tap Saturday at the FireHouse Community Arts Center at 985 South Bellevue Blvd.

It will be a chance to tour the facility, meet the faculty, have a bite to eat and participate in an interactive art experiences for all ages.

“We are thrilled to reopen the academy after a brief hiatus,” said Bennie Nelson West, executive director of the Memphis Black Arts Alliance. “The academy is the city’s first nationally affiliated independent, non-profit community arts school providing instruction in all of the major disciplines of the arts.”

Registrations for the spring session of classes, which begin April 11, will be accepted during the Open House event. In addition to the standard range of classes in all the arts, this year the FireHouse Community Arts Academy will offer a diverse array of new classes in dance/movement, music, theater and visual arts for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The Open House will feature a film festival in the dance studio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day’s events run through 3 p.m.

Here’s the lineup:

Meet the faculty

11 a.m. – Art – Painting/Photography, Shannon Jenkins; art studio.

11:30 a.m. – Art – Quilting, Lurlynn Franklin; art Studio

Noon – Music – Vocal, Naomi Moody; upstairs

12:30 p.m. – Music – Instrumental, Kent Suggs/Lance Thompson; upstairs

1 p.m. – Music – Computerized, Uriah Elion; upstairs

1:30 p.m. – Adult Acting/Theater, Naomi Moody/Dr. Webster; upstairs

2 p.m. – Tap Dance, George Nettles; dance studio

2:30 p.m. – Ballet/Hip Hop, Kellye Crawford; dance studio

Interactive art experiences

11 a.m. – Instrument Petting Zoo, Kent Suggs/Lance Thompson; upstairs

11:30 a.m. – Instrument Petting Zoo, Kent Suggs/Lance Thompson; upstairs

12:30 p.m. – Face Painting, Shannon Jenkins; art studio

1 p.m. – Face Painting, Shannon Jenkins; art studio

1:30 p.m. – Collage Making, Lurlynn Franklin; art studio

2 p.m. – Collage Making, Lurlynn Franklin; art studio

2:30 p.m. – Instrument Petting Zoo; Kent Suggs/Lance Thompson; art studio

3 p.m. – Instrument Petting Zoo; Kent Suggs/ Lance Thompson; art studio

Register for classes online at Memphis Black Arts Alliance (http://www.memphisblackartsalliance.org/) and Brown Paper Tickets (http://firehouseartsacademy.bpt.me/). Or call 901-948-9522 for a registration appointment.