How Your Donation Helps 2018-03-19T14:56:04+00:00

The Impact of Your Gift

The Crucible’s industrial arts classes and workshops are welcoming and hands-on, a genuinely participatory experience where students don’t just experience art, they make art. You can directly increase the opportunities for students to participate in arts education. Your support impacts our community in so many ways:

  • Keeping industrial arts classes for adults and youth affordable, and making over $100,000 in scholarships available every year
  • Investing in the makers of tomorrow through youth art classes, youth mentoring programs, school field trips and school presentations
  • Providing instruction, space, tools, and equipment to makers, artists, and craftspeople of all levels through our CREATE program
  • Engaging the community through free events – like our Open Houses and Bike Fix-a-Thons – and unique performances
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Removing Barriers to Creativity

Day-to-day creative opportunities aren’t always accessible due to barriers such as cost, space, and access to equipment. The Crucible removes these obstacles by hosting classes and events in different formats, reaching more people of all skill levels. We also offer tuition reduction and scholarships to qualified people so they can participate.

Class tuition and studio fees cover just two-thirds of what it takes to offer our one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs and life-changing youth programs. You can bridge the gap and be the creative catalyst in a person’s life.

$25

$25 buys 4 pairs of safety glasses

$250
$250 funds one scholarship student in Robots, Jewelry, or Sand Casting
$500
$500 buys lunch for one camper for a week of camp
$1,000
$1,000 covers training and employment for one Fuego Youth Leadership student
$5,000
$5,000 pays for one Gear Girls Workshop
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Maritza Bernal
Fuego Leader in Ceramics

“As a woman, I think it’s really important to learn industrial arts skills and help develop self-confidence . . . I can’t wait to bring all the skills I learned to my school. The Crucible really helped me develop my knowledge and opened up a new path for me.”

Maliq Nathaniel
Fuego Leader, Crucible Studio Manager

For over 10 years, Maliq has been learning, making art, and teaching young makers to work with metal at The Crucible. Starting out as a youth scholarship student, Maliq studied and trained to become a Fuego Leader and a Pre-Apprentice. Now on Welding faculty and a Studio Manager, Maliq looks back on all his done: “In life, there are only so many opportunities you get. And this is by far the best one that came past me.”

Maliq Nathaniel
Fuego Leader, Crucible Studio Manager

For over 10 years, Maliq has been learning, making art, and teaching young makers to work with metal at The Crucible. Starting out as a youth scholarship student, Maliq studied and trained to become a Fuego Leader and a Pre-Apprentice. Now on Welding facutly and a Studio Manager, Maliq looks back on all his done: “In life, there are only so many opportunities you get. And this is by far the best one that came past me.”

Ale’ah Bashir-Baaqee
Youth Program Assistant

Ale’ah began her journey in the Industrial Arts almost 10 years ago, signing up for an all-girls welding class at 12 years old. Growing up in West Oakland, she’s felt The Crucible provided key opportunities to engage in the arts in a positive environment. “The Crucible really helped me realize that even if we look different, we all have one common thing and that’s that we love the industrial arts.”

Susan Berger
Crucible volunteer & student

In her second Glass Flameworking class at The Crucible, Susan Berger’s instructor told her to forget about being a perfectionist and to “embrace the wonk.” An active volunteer for the last three years and a recent intern in our Glass Flameworking Department, Susan says that adage has stuck with her, pushing her to try new things and accept mistakes as an inevitable, and positive part of the learning process. “For people like me who don’t know we have a latent creativity, finding the medium to express myself started giving me purpose. It started giving me a focal point, helping me work on myself, giving me balance in my life. It started giving me so much back.”

Susan Berger
Crucible volunteer & student

In her second Glass Flameworking class at The Crucible, Susan Berger’s instructor told her to forget about being a perfectionist and to “embrace the wonk.” An active volunteer for the last three years and a recent intern in our Glass Flameworking Department, Susan says that adage has stuck with her, pushing her to try new things and accept mistakes as an inevitable, and positive part of the learning process. “For people like me who don’t know we have a latent creativity, finding the medium to express myself started giving me purpose. It started giving me a focal point, helping me work on myself, giving me balance in my life. It started giving me so much back.”

Thank you! Your support transforms lives. Your passion, your action, your commitment, will be the difference.

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