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Firehouse Art Center Announces New Board Leadership

on October 28, 2019

The Firehouse Art Center (FAC) Board of Directors elected Norman architect Fred Schmidt as president and Norman communications consultant Sandra Longcrier as secretary at its October 15 meeting.

Schmidt and Longcrier both joined the organization’s board in 2017. Schmidt is principal at FSB Architects & Engineers. Longcrier is principal at Longcrier Communications.

“We are excited to have another great president,” said Douglas Shaw Elder, executive director of the visual arts education organization. “We wish the best to Norman Arts Council’s Debby Williams and Becky Schoelen of Great Nations Bank, who graciously served in leadership roles at the FAC for several years. We appreciate their continued support and that of all of our current and past board members, students, faculty, community donors, and sponsors.”

Also serving on the Firehouse board are Becky Franklin (Arvest Bank), Joshua Hinkle (Republic Bank and Trust), Sue Madole (retired Norman educator), and Matthew Peacock (WPM Design Group).

The Firehouse Art Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1970 as a community arts center. Its quality visual arts education programming reaches an average of 14,000 individuals of all ages each year and includes classes for U.S. Armed Forces veterans, individuals with disabilities, and seasonal workshops for adults. The center also hosts art exhibitions throughout the year and has a gift shop and gallery that features the work of local and regional artists.