COMMUNITY PARTNERS & OUTREACH

Current partnerships:

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NW Florida 

Every year First City Art Center turns four bowling pins into works of art that will be presented as Team Spirit Awards during the 2013 Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL. The event takes place twice in June on the 8th and the 22nd and will feature the professionally decorated pins. FCA has a long standing relationship with BB/BS of NWFL and is excited to work on this project. The four pins will be decorated by the First City Pottery Guild, Glass Guild and Studio Guild as well as the Jardin Foundry. The first completed pin was made by Lorraine Bracher of the FCA Pottery Guild. Pat Regan of the Studio Guild will be painting one and the Jardin Foundry will be making an aluminum casting of a pin. The mold that Jardin is making will be also used to make a glass casting. These pins will all be true works of art! FCA is grateful to all the artist who are sharing their talents to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

University of West Florida (UWF)

FCA has partnered with the UWF art department to have BFA showings and openings.  UWF has also provided interns from the Visual Arts Department.

Escambia County School District – Glass Mentorship

In 2011 the FCA Glass Guild had recognized the need to attract young artists to the glass program.  With the absence of a college-based program in the community it is very difficult and expensive for young artists to learn glassblowing.  The mentorship program is FCA’s first attempt to develop young artists in an intensive hands-on experience.   

The FCA Glass Guild reached out to the Escambia County High School arts teachers who recommended a select group of students; each student was asked to provide a one-page narrative about his or her pursuit of, and interest in art as well as a few photos of their work. Two students were painstakingly chosen to participate in this mentorship and began their orientation under the tutelage of FCA Glass Guild members, volunteering their time and talents, and FCA donated all materials for this pilot program. Success of this pilot program will hopefully garner funding for future long-term sustainability and growth of this program. To date, the first students successfully completed their six week course and are junior members of the FCA glass guild – assisting with production of glass cups, pumpkins as well as continuing to improve their skill level.

The second glass mentorship program in 2012 proved even more successful. The 2013 class is currently underway.

Past partnerships

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NW Florida 

Every year First City Art Center turns four bowling pins into works of art that will be presented as Team Spirit Awards during the 2013 Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL. The event takes place twice in June on the 8th and the 22nd and will feature the professionally decorated pins. FCA has a long standing relationship with BB/BS of NWFL and is excited to work on this project. The four pins will be decorated by the First City Pottery Guild, Glass Guild and Studio Guild as well as the Jardin Foundry. The first completed pin was made by Lorraine Bracher of the FCA Pottery Guild. Pat Regan of the Studio Guild will be painting one and the Jardin Foundry will be making an aluminum casting of a pin. The mold that Jardin is making will be also used to make a glass casting. These pins will all be true works of art! FCA is grateful to all the artist who are sharing their talents to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (GGAF)

FCA, in partnership with the GGAF, has been presenting, “Glass Jam” for over seven years. Members, invited guests and patrons have a once-a-year opportunity to see artwork of this caliber created live and bid in the live auction.

Free pottery workshops to elementary students from various schools in the district were made possible through a grant from the GGAF committee and board.

Two free photography workshops were made possible through a GGAF grant to elementary school children.  In one workshop, students learned how to use a pin-hole camera and in the second, students were asked to take photos of their world.

In 2013, GGAF awarded a grant to FCA for the purchase of a new raku kiln.

Pensacola Little Theater’s Kids Expo
For over four years, FCA has participated in “Kids Expo” at which various organizations set up stations where kids can have some fun and create.  FCA’s potters have a hands-on,  make-your-own clay station.

Covenant Hospice
The five-hour session mini-workshops for kids in bereavement,  aged 6-10 and 11-15 worked in clay, painting/drawing, glassblowing and glass bead making.  The children kept all items made. 


Pyramid, Inc.
Weekly workshops allowed adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work with their hands in the medium of  clay.

Independence for the Blind
6-8 visually impaired students participated in blowing their own glass ornament.   The instructor prepared them by having tactile examples of the different forms of glass before they became objects.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 
of NW FL, Inc.

6-8 hearing-impaired students received a workshop in glassblowing.  

Appetite for Life
A joint fundraiser in which the FCA pottery studio created original place settings and AFL’s catering prepared a buffet.  The sit down dinner featured entertainment,  live and silent auctions.

For more information on community partnership and outreach opportunities, call First City Art Center at 429-1222 or contact us!