The Crucible’s Youth Programs seek to expose young people of diverse backgrounds to the fine and industrial arts. Every year, thousands of young people came to our studios to explore their creativity in classes, camps, workshops, mentoring programs, and field trips. We are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development and strengthening youth competencies in industrial arts, leadership, and skill building.
Makers of Tomorrow
The Crucible’s unique hands-on educational opportunities are a great way to fire up young imaginations and open new doors to personal growth.
The Crucible is dedicated to providing our most engaged students with meaningful pre-professional training, mentoring, and career counseling.
Youth Community Art
The Crucible partners with local Oakland schools and youth groups on public art projects. Past projects include the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Sculpture funded by the Alameda County Office of Education and the Jack London Square bike welding project in collaboration with Black Rock Arts Foundation and artist Michael Christian. These projects are designed as collaborative activities that bring together different members of our Oakland community.
The Crucible’s Bike Program includes drop-in and scheduled activities designed to engage youth, primarily from West Oakland, and expose participants to bike mechanics, welding, and engineering basics. Fix-A-Thons, the Earn-A-Bike Program, the Art Bike Camp, and local events contribute to the popularity of our Bike Program and deepen community connections.
School and community field trips are exciting opportunities to introduce youth to The Crucible’s industrial arts community. Through demonstrations by artists and faculty, youth learn about real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, art, math, and other cultures. Crucible staff work closely with educators to ensure field trips are meaningful and exciting educational experiences.