Do you remember the first time you saw pewter liquify before your eyes, pressed your fingerprint in clay, or watched smoke rise as you wood burned your own unique design? 227 Oakland Unified School District youth attended The Crucible for free as a part of our Field Trip Program.
Ismael “Iz” Plasencia first came to The Crucible to drop off his little brother for a welding class. When he saw how our Youth Programs were getting youth excited about the industrial arts, he knew he had to get involved. We sat down with Iz to reflect on his years here and what he is the most proud of.
Through a partnership with the Kids & Art Foundation, we hosted fifteen young people in workshops to inspire creativity, relieve pain, and heal through art.
Students participating in our Pre-Apprentice Program worked with The Crucible’s Blacksmithing, Machine Shop, and Welding Departments to build an archway for the main student entrance. The archway is made up of a series of gears, and each gear represents each of The Crucible’s 19 departments. Which is your favorite gear?
Our 2017 Fuego Youth Leaders had a great summer, shadowing instructors, working as teaching assistants, visiting local industrial arts studios, and making final projects in their disciplines!
Here are some of our favorite photos from The Crucible's 2017 Summer Camps! This year of camps is particularly special, as twelve artist who grew up taking classes at The Crucible are now teaching as regular faculty or teaching assistants during camps.
Eight students who grew up participating in our Youth Programs have joined our regular faculty! Many of these new instructors were able to take classes at The Crucible because of the scholarship opportunities made possible by our generous donors. Here are their stories.