Meet Tyler

A couple months back, Eric visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in North Avondale. During his visit, Eric sat down with several kids from the nearby neighborhood and played guitar with them. One of those kids was Tyler Cunningham, a talented Hayes 8th grader who loves nearly every genre of music.

Within a few days, Tyler was hanging out at the Firehouse and learning to play guitar with Eric. Recently, we sat down and asked Tyler about his experience at the Firehouse.

“It makes me feel good,” Tyler said. “I heard it [playing music] releases endorphins in the brain. It makes you happy.”

Currently, Tyler is learning his favorite song, “Electric Love” by BORNS.

Tyler is looking forward to the new renovations to the Firehouse, because he wants to perform on a stage for the first time. “It’s a chill place where you can play music,” he said. “You can share what you do.”

He also shared that he loves Philly cheesesteak sandwiches!

In the coming weeks, Eric will continue to help Tyler learn “Electric Love,” prepare him for his first performance, and, maybe, introduce him to the famous Philly cheesesteak at T-Bones in Five Points.

If you live in the Greater Avondale area and are interested in joining the Firehouse family, be sure to check out our Sign Up page here.


We're Hiring!

The Firehouse Community Arts Center will launch in February 2021, and we are seeking a new team member to help us build something amazing!

Are you interested in supporting a diverse and connected musical community where artists of all ages can use their creative voices to shape the future? Do you love music? Do you enjoy working with kids?

If you answered YES to all of the questions above, then you might be a perfect fit for our paid internship position. Through the internship, you will get the chance to mentor young people, author and implement operational processes, plan programs, and be creative! If you, or someone you know, is interested in the position, please encourage them to apply by sending a resume and letter of interest to Eric Wallace,

You can access the full job description here.

We look forward to hearing from you and Creating Together!