Crucible Youth Programs
The Crucible’s Youth Program exposes young people of diverse backgrounds to the fine and industrial arts through intensive and engaging classes, field trips, and workshops. Our unique warehouse space is a great environment in which youth can explore their creativity, learn responsibility, participate in multidisciplinary activities that promote healthy development, and strengthen youth competencies in industrial arts, leadership, and various skill sets.
- Engage youth in relevant, intensive, and inspiring classes, workshops, field trips, community art projects, and special events.
- Create significant relationships with key stakeholders: youth, parents, schools, and community-based organizations.
- Inspire a new generation of fine and industrial artists to enrich the community.
FIRED UP! Youth Summer Camps
FIRED UP spring and summer camps are fun, educational, kid-friendly settings to explore our fiery Crucible subject areas ranging from blacksmithing, flameworking to welding and jewelry making. Youth complete projects such as welded sculpture, glass tiles and mosaics, robots and gizmos, glass tube sculpture and more while learning basic rules of science, physics and chemistry. >> Learn about tax breaks available for these classes (The Crucible’s Tax ID: 52-2137825)
Year Round Youth Workshops
The Crucible hosts several annual youth workshops with local schools and organizations. Working in collaboration with local educational programs, these projects have taught youth skills to create a specific project under the instruction of Crucible faculty. Past collaborations include The Drew School, Athenian School, Cathedral School for Boys, KIPP Bridge Charter School, Edna Brewer Middle School, Richmond High School, West Oak Middle School and McClymonds High School. Workshops are project-based opportunities for students to participate in a group project or create individual projects. Workshops have been designed primarily to facilitate team building opportunities as well as individual exploration of the arts.
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 as well as the ____ bike _____ welding project in collaboration with Black Rock Arts Foundation and artists Michael Christian. These projects are designed as collaborative activities that bring together different members of our Oakland community. If you are interested in having The Crucible host a workshop or participate in collaboration with your organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Weekend Programs
Our convenient weekend classes are specially designed for youth and parents with busy schedules. These popular classes allow students to immerse themselves in our unique youth activities, such as glass art and metal with expert instructors.
After School Programs
What better way to end the school day, than cutting loose with a welded sculpture class or glass flameworking class? Our after school classes are an exciting alternative to traditional after school programs. Here, youth discover their own creativity through learning exciting art processes. After school youth activities are available throughout the school year.
School and Community Field Trips
Our school and community field trips program is a dynamic part of our organization. Through this program, we provide youth with demonstrations by artists and industry experts. These field trips support learning in areas such as mathematics, science, art, and world culture. Participants learn about the processes, tools, materials and applications of industrial arts and are inspired to make connections between arts and science. The Crucible staff works closely with educators to create a meaningful and exciting educational experience.
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The Crucible offers two great programs for West Oakland youth: The Crucible’s Earn-A-Bike teaches youth to overhaul and repair donated bicycles. To earn a bike, a program participant fixes a bicycle. The Crucible also offers Bike Fix-A-Thons. During a Fix-A-Thon, West Oakland residents can bring bicycles to be repaired. Mechanics patch and replace tubes, work on wheels and tires, repair cables, gears, and chains, adjust and repair seats and handlebars. Throughout the repair process the mechanics explain their work to the youth in order to deepen their understanding of bike repair and maintenance. During these Fix-A-Thon, The Crucible offers tours of our facility to expose people various facets of the fine and industrial arts. This is a free event for all West Oakland residents!
Youth Attending Any Classes
Parents must accompany youth to the first day of class and must bring a completed parental consent and medical authorization form to the first class. Youth will not be able to participate without a completed parental consent form for each class.
Youth 12 and older can sign up with Adults for any Family Fun class. At the time of registration the name of the youth under 18 and date of birth must be communicated. This can be done over the phone or in the comment section online. A parental consent form must be filled out and brought with the student to the first class.
- Youth 16 and older can sign up for an adult class with the consent of the instructor. This must be done in person or over the phone. At this time we need the youth’s name and date of birth. A parental consent form must be filled out and brought with the student to the first class.
- If your child will be in class all day, he/she should bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
- The Crucible does not allow weapon making in youth classes.
- Please notify staff of ANY physical, social, behavioral or emotional health conditions.
- Before and after-care is not provided.
Jefferson Award Winners
We are proud to announce that Kristy Alfieri, our Education Director, and Carla Hall, Youth and Community Manager, are recent recipients of the Bay Area Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards were founded to be a sort of Nobel Prize for public service, with the goal to inspire others to become involved in community and public service at the local level. Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Congratulations to Kristy and Carla! To read the full story and see the CBS news report Click Here…