Michael SturtzInvolved Since: 1999
Crucible Staff Since: 1999
Website URL: michaelsturtz.com/
Michael Sturtz—designer, sculptor, teacher, and manifester—founded The Crucible in 1999 as a venue to teach industrial arts in a truly creative and noncompetitive learning environment. Michael earned his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his 12 years as Executive Director, Michael forged a $1,750 seed grant and his idea into the largest nonprofit industrial arts educational facility in the nation. After leaving The Crucible in 2011, Michael began teaching at Stanford’s design school, where he launched The Stanford Creative Ignition Lab @ Autodesk. In 2017, Michael began leading the Design Kitchen at GoogleX, which is the moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing, new ideas are developed and taken out into the world.