Programs and Services
FireHouse Community Arts Academy - Year-round group and private classes help folks of all ages, incomes, abilities and backgrounds, discover and refine their talents through, professionally instructed and culturally inspired arts education in dance, music, and theater, visual and literary arts.
Arts-A-F!RE Summer Camp-- Learn and have fun with American - African History and Geography, acting, jazz/hip-hop & African dance, musical theater, drawing, photography, painting, crafts, singing, piano, creative writing, gardening, social skills & etiquette, guest speakers, reading, gardening, journaling, entrepreneurship and field trips to: cultural attractions, swimming, fishing, walks, games, rehearsals for a musical theater productions and the Arts-A-F!RE Showcase Finale.
Arts-A-Fire Youth Theater Troupe From May 2009 to the present, Black, Hispanic and bi-racial youth ages 9 - 18, strive to achieve “Excellence on Stage and in Life.” AAFYTT provides intensive education and training in acting, vocal music, and technical theater. Troupe members work with professional actors, writers, musicians, dancers and designers to learn theater craft and skills. Rehearsing after school and on weekends, these young artists are involved in every element of production, which include acting, writing plays, composing music and designing and building sets. The Troupe produces classic and original drama and musicals for school, community and weekend audiences that explore culturally relevant themes and which fosters a strong sense of community.
The FireHouse Little Theater at MBAAs FireHouse Community Arts Center---an intimate 60 seat theater--features adult actors in drama, comedy and musical plays by local and national playwrights that address the complexity and beauty of life in the Black community, often provoking lively conversation and thought. To facilitate the transformative power of theater, talk-back Theater...dialogue among the actors, audience and director frequently follows each production. (Occasionally, FireHouse Little Theater productions may be viewed at the Evergreen Theater).
Jazz-A-F!RE at the FireHouse - Begun in July of 2009, provides a free (no admission) opportunity for Memphians of all backgrounds to come together for two hours the last Sunday of each month (3 - 5 pm) to experience FireHouse Community Arts Academy professional music faculty entertain them with authentic, Memphis-style straight-ahead jazz. The second hour is BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument) where guest artists (emerging, professional and youth musicians) sit end and jam.
MBAA Presents…are MBAA’s performing arts offerings during the year. They include the production of recitals, concerts and special performances by students, faculty, affiliate arts groups and other local and national talent.
The FireHouse Art Gallery strives to be a gallery of distinction and to serve as a creative resource primarily for artists of African descent. We seek to promote unique works of art that enhance and define private and corporate spaces by providing professional credibility, aesthetic vitality, and when acquired, long-term investment value to any home, public or private agency environment.
The FireHouse ArtsReach - establishes partnerships and programs, off-site, with schools, businesses, government and community agencies and groups to include classes, performances, exhibits and special creative and cultural/heritage-based arts projects.
Encore Creative Arts Series -- this series for mature adults 55+ will ignite their latent creative energy, strengthen their health & wellness, and to showcase their vitality and capacity. Encore components will include: the Encore Chorale with singers performing music from the radio days of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s; two dance troupes The Encore Movers & the Encore Chair Dancers, the Encore Visionaries - photographers, painters and craftspeople; and the Encore Players - a theater troupe featuring comedic, dramatic and poetic works.
FireHouse Library & Museum - consistent with our founding mission to ensure that the vital role, work and contributions of the arts and cultural heritage of blacks is understood and appreciated, MBAA maintains a library and museum. Through a reference library of books, tapes, cds, videos, and displays of artifacts, the challenges and triumphs of Africans and Africans in America are explored.
Black Cinematheque -Monthly presentation & discussion of films by and about Blacks from throughout the world.
Fannie Lou Hammer Garden - Since 2000, MBAA has maintained the garden, first to teach our young people that the garden is a metaphor for the community, it must be nurtured in order to produce fruits from the seeds that are put in the ground. Secondly, it provides folks of all ages an opportunity to experience the “green” and healthy value of growing your own vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals (cotton, gourds, etc.)