Freddie continued, “Coming to The Crucible was the best decision I ever made. I don’t know who I’d be today or if I’d be here if I hadn’t come. The jewelry studio became my safe space where I felt comfortable being myself without judgment or expectation. My mentor Rikki showed me that I not only have potential as an artist but have space at the Crucible.”
Following Freddie’s speech, D’Arcy added, “To create really great art is to come from an authentic place. And to create a space where youth can be their authentic selves is so vital, especially now. I really want to applaud The Crucible for creating programs for the youth and creating space where they are safe.”
We also had the pleasure of honoring Rudsdale High School educators Alessandra Cabrera, Jennifer Romero, Beto Salcido, Francisco Sanchez, and Julian Felix, as our Community Honorees. Rudsdale educators give so much of themselves to their students, ensuring they have access to a well-rounded education, including hands-on classes at The Crucible.