As We Reopen, The Crucible Recommits To Our Mission With Community Agreed On Goals

The Crucible Leadership Team | 04.13.2021

During a time in which racial and social justice movements are reaching a critical point, the need for change and commitment to equity is more obvious and important than ever before. 

The Crucible was able to resume operations again in February in a limited capacity and we hope to be fully operational in all 19 art departments by the end of this year. As many of our members, students, faculty, and staff return to in-person classes once again, it is important to recommit to our values. In the process of reopening and rebuilding our programs and offerings, we must foster a culture we can all be proud of. 

With feedback from our staff, faculty, and the broader community, The Crucible team has agreed on a number of goals for the year that will help ensure our space is an equitable and welcoming place that makes the transformative joy of the industrial arts accessible to all. 

We are excited to share them with you and will continue to make regular public updates about our progress throughout the year. We appreciate everyone’s support in making 2021 the best year it can be!

Our goals for 2021:

Defined with input from staff, faculty, and the larger community.

  • Recommit to our scholarship program to distribute $100,000 in youth scholarships, prioritizing under-resourced BIPOC Oakland youth

  • Continue to offer free and low-cost classes and programs for the West Oakland community, funded by grants and donations

  • Serve 100 BIPOC youth and families in free programming

  • Increase active partnerships with West Oakland community arts and education organizations

  • Relaunch free community events that prioritize the artists, creators, teachers, and studio techs at The Crucible

  • Reserve 20% of GIFTY vendor spots at a free or discounted rate for our BIPOC staff, faculty, and local Oakland neighbors to vend and exhibit for this holiday season

  • Create improved methods and procedures for soliciting internal and community feedback on leadership, employee wellness, and performance, with regular bi-annual reports on progress and programmatic impact shared with our community

  • Continue to improve pay, while supporting pay equity for all staffers, grow professional development opportunities, and work to diversify staff, faculty, leadership team, and board

  • Improve internal documentation around discipline and general employee conduct and work with the team to create a community code of conduct and educate everyone on these values and agreements

You can help The Crucible achieve our goals

Attend our upcoming virtual fundraiser Spark the Summer

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