Give A Warm Welcome To Our 2019 New Fuego Leaders
By Cathy Niland | 7.10.19
Since 2010, The Crucible has opened its doors to high school students interested in expanding their artistic ability and leadership skills. Each summer, participants have joined us for two weeks of art making, teaching in the classrooms, and teacher-student mentorship as part of our Fuego Youth Leadership Program.
This year, in honor of Fuego’s tenth anniversary, we have expanded the program to be four weeks long, where both our first year Fuego Leaders and second year Fuego Leaders work and learn together.
I look forward to meeting new people, learning new things, trying different things out, and seeing what it’s all about. I came here as a camper previously and I worked with some of the Fuego leaders then and I was interested in what they did.
Donald Pollard, Fuego Leader in MIG Welding, age 18
“We had these two great two-week programs, and it wasn’t enough time for our youth to really develop their leadership skills, teaching abilities, or artist practice to the extent that they wanted to,” Alyssa Stone, our Director of Programs explained. “This year, by overlapping these two programs and giving the students four weeks together, they can deepen their engagement in the classroom, work for a longer period with their mentors, and the second year Fuego Leaders can pass their knowledge and experience on to the first year leaders.”
I’m really looking forward to working with other people who are passionate about industrial arts, and who are also in this stage of their life where they’re trying to learn how to be better leaders and improve their own art.
Leslie Kwok, Fuego Leader in Jewelry, age 15
With the expanded time, we have also expanded the curriculum. This year, each leader will work on multiple collaborative projects exploring themes of identity, leadership, community, artistry, and transformation.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to maybe have a job at The Crucible after the Fuego program and continue to learn about different types of art. There are so many options here.
C’Zarriah Davis-Smith, Fuego Leader in Glass Flameworking, age 16
In their first week during the morning session, our Fuego leaders are focused on identity, working to create a mandala incorporating personal artifacts. Then at the end the week, each leader will construct a personal portrait. In the afternoon, our Fuego students are back in the classroom, assisting with camp classes and building skills in their discipline, leadership, and learning.
I want to improve my skills in leather working, and have some fun, and help people out with something that I enjoy!
Ava Hodge, Fuego Leader in Leather, Age 16
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