Our mission Fire exists as a brave space - inspiring truth and freedom - where creativity nurtures youth to express, heal, and connect with self and others.
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The work we do requires the hands and hearts of many volunteers. If you have the skills, the time, or the resources (or any combination of those things) we know just how you can fit into the Fire community!
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Virtual, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Fire relies on the village and community to keep building a youth-driven space for art and justice in the Edison Neighborhood. Thank you for offering your support in the past and now!
About us For 14 years, Fire has grown as a unique organization for cutting edge artistic expression and individual leadership development, especially for people most marginalized in Kalamazoo. Often, people name Fire as their “safe space,” amidst a world that oppresses people based on marginalized identities of race, gender and sexuality. Fire was cofounded in 2005 by Dr. Michelle Johnson and Denise Miller. Michelle Johnson describes her time at Fire, “...as an extension of my 25-year insistence on space for marginalized people to express their autonomous and authentic selves." Denise Miller is a published poet and has lead public art, poetry and culinary arts programming at Fire.
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