The Crucible’s 2023 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction
The Crucible’s Annual Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction returns to West Oakland this spring. Join us for an unforgettable evening full of delicious food, craft cocktails, fiery demonstrations, captivating performances, and a live auction featuring luxury experiences and stunning work by local artists.
Your support will help us raise over $250,000 and ensure that, in the coming year, all young people have access to The Crucible’s Industrial Arts Program, regardless of background or income.
Our Fire & Light Soirée celebrates the transformative power of making and creative risk-taking. It is an occasion to recognize and pay tribute to the people who inspire us and help to safeguard the future of arts education in our community. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Purchase your 2023 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction tickets here. Table Sponsorships are also available.
Freddie Moussa, Youth Honoree
Freddie Moussa has been interested in art since an early age. In 2021, at age 16, they joined our Fuego Youth Leadership Program, focusing on metal jewelry.
During their second summer as a Fuego Youth Leader, Freddie pushed the boundaries by expanding their jewelry-making into glass. They are drawn to statement jewelry and wearable art as a way of creating identity.
Freddie has recently started as a Teaching Assistant in our Glass Flameworking department. This spring, they will graduate from Design Tech High School and plan to continue their metal and glass education in the fall at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Rudsdale High School, Community Honoree
Rudsdale High School is a Title 1 alternative education program located in Deep East Oakland. In 2022, students and educators from Rudsdale began attending Crucible workshops as part of a three-year Arts Incentive Grant, designed to connect OUSD schools with alternative arts education opportunities.
Not only have Rudsdale students and educators continued to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the past school year, but the community has also been coping with the aftermath of an incident of on-campus gun violence.
Despite these challenges, students and educators have shown immense passion and dedication to their arts practice, exploring creative career pathways and using art-making as a way to heal together. Some participating students have even begun selling their work.
As our 2023 Community Honoree, we recognize the incredible heart, resilience, and tenacity, that is Rudsdale High School’s community of students and educators.
Fire & Light Soirée Entertainment
DJ Speakeasy Ray
Tunes provided by the legendary Bay Area DJ
Glass Blowing Demos
See our Glass Blowing faculty perform live demos during cocktail hour
Emcee D'Arcy Drollinger
Bay Area drag icon, D’Arcy Drollinger, will keep you laughing throughout the evening
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Enjoy a special performance by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, accompanied by a Foundry bronze pour
Bid on stunning works by prominent Bay Area industrial artists and one-of-a-kind exclusive experiences. Every purchase supports our Youth Industrial Art Program.
Thank you to the generous artists and organizations for your contributions to our auction.
To see a larger image of the artwork, click on the photo.
Bid on the key that unlocks our vintage birdcages, and win one of our luxury jewelry prizes!
Thank you for making The Crucible’s 2023 Fire & Light Soirée possible
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Thank you to our beverage sponsors
Fire & Light Committee
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The Crucible Board
Melanie Moore, President
Julie Sigoloff, Vice President and Secretary
Jeremy Sugerman, Treasurer
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