What did you do this summer? For most people, we’d guess plans didn’t include taking seven industrial arts classes. But for 13-year-old Jada, that’s exactly what her summer looked like. Even though she’d never been to The Crucible before, Jada dove in headfirst at the suggestion of her mom who wanted her to do something fun during summer break.
In our 2018 Youth Impact Report, you can see just how much you made possible—free field trips for youth, over $100,000 in youth scholarships, and much more!
Erick Dawkins first came to The Crucible on a fourth-grade field trip and has now taken four classes, finding accomplishment making with his hands.
Meet Kasa Du, Ku Rah, and Hla Dah! Originally from Burma, these three siblings moved to Oakland eight years ago, and participated in The Crucible's youth camps completely free. For Kasa Du, coming to The Crucible was eye-opening in a number of ways.
During Spring Break, The Crucible is running six different three-day classes completely free, specifically for Oakland youth, ages 12-15, who are interested in the fine and industrial arts but don’t have the financial resources necessary to participate.
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. Learn more about our Youth Programs 2017 impact!
This summer, our second year Fuego Youth Leaders were in for a surprise. They returned to the studios, ready to get to work, only to find out they had been commissioned to create a multidisciplinary sculpture for the corporate offices of Schnitzer Steel.
Our 2018 Fuego Youth Leaders blew us away with their final projects! See what they made in the studio.
Ismael “Iz” Plasencia first came to The Crucible to drop off his little brother for a welding class. When he saw how our Youth Programs were getting youth excited about the industrial arts, he knew he had to get involved. We sat down with Iz to reflect on his years here and what he is the most proud of.
Through a partnership with the Kids & Art Foundation, we hosted fifteen young people in workshops to inspire creativity, relieve pain, and heal through art.