COMMUNITY ART & YOUTH PROGRAMS 2018-08-16T19:22:56+00:00

Community Art & Youth Programs

From our our Public Art Program, which fosters partnerships between artists and communities to develop transformative, innovative, and inclusive community landmarks, to our robust Youth Programs, which offer subsidized industrial arts education and vocational and leadership opportunities to hundreds of young people, The Crucible works to empower and embolden our local community, giving them access to exceptional learning experiences, rich and varied arts programs, skilled and committed faculty, and unparalleled educational facilities. Through engaging and inspiring workshops, summer camps, collaboration with local public schools, and pre-professional training and leadership programs, youth participants gain in-depth knowledge of the creative process, the ability to bring their ideas to life, self-confidence for artistic risk-taking, and skills that can open doors for further creative and vocational exploration. We are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development and strengthening competencies in industrial arts, leadership, and creative problem-solving.

Mentoring Programs

The Crucible is dedicated to providing our most engaged students with meaningful pre-professional training, mentoring, and career counseling. The Crucible’s graduated learning structure provides opportunities for students to progress through different programs, projects, and classes which for some leads to a paid position in the Fuego Youth Leadership Program, as well as, for the most motivated students, job readiness training in the Pre-Apprentice Program. All participants benefit from a supportive learning environment that encourages critical thinking and problem solving, the acquisition of professional and academic skills, and creativity, in both independent and group work.

The Crucible offers full and partial scholarships for our Youth Program classes to local area youth. Each year, we hold 20% of all youth class spaces for scholarship students. These scholarships are funded by The Crucible’s general funds, foundation grants, and individual donations. Scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis to youth aged 8-17 and we accept scholarship applications throughout the year.
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Fuego is a youth leadership opportunity for high school students excited about deepening their technical skills, learning leadership skills, and supporting The Crucible’s youth classes. Fuego leaders progress from immersive creative classwork to the exploration of possible career opportunities. Ten new Fuego leaders are selected each year and ten returning students are encouraged to return for a second year.
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The Crucible’s Pre-Apprentice Program teaches a broad range of industrial arts techniques, builds skills through networking opportunities and collaboration on public art projects, and provides underserved students with training and support to pursue vocational opportunities in metalworking and the arts. The program, which runs from October to May, serves four or more students (ages 16-24) each year.
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Impact You Can Measure

In a time when expressing creativity as an act of resistance and learning STEAM skills are both critical to thrive, The Crucible’s youth programs are an ever more essential part of our vision and mission. Read our 2017 Youth Programs Impact Report to learn more about how The Crucible and our school partners have leveraged the significant impact that arts education and positive role models have on young people through the industrial arts.

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Impact You Can Measure

In a time when expressing creativity as an act of resistance and learning STEAM skills are both critical to thrive, The Crucible’s youth programs are an ever more essential part of our vision and mission. Read our 2017 Youth Programs Impact Report to learn more about how The Crucible and our school partners have leveraged the significant impact that arts education and positive role models have on young people through the industrial arts.

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Youth Internships

Interns come from selected high schools and work with Crucible staff and faculty to support our artistic and administrative programs in exchange for course credit. Interns work in a focused area of the studio: bike shop, blacksmithing, welding, glass blowing, or studio operations. They work directly with a mentor who coaches them on techniques, safety, and operation of their area.

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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.

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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.

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Bike Program

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.

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Field Trips

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.

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Field Trips

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.

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