Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Crucible

  • Oakland, CA
  • http://www.thecrucible.org/

Mission Statement

The Crucible is a nonprofit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry and community.  Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Arts Education Classes and Camps
  2. Adult Arts Education Classes and Workshops
  3. Community Outreach
Service Areas

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California

San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, particularly West Oakland neighborhood

ruling year

1999

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

David C. Miller

Keywords

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Industrial Arts, Education, Community, Innovation, Reuse, Blacksmithing, Welding, Foundry, Glass, Fire, Youth

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EIN

52-2137825

 Number

6890667754

Physical Address

1260 7th Street

Oakland, 94607 2150

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Crucible is moving into its second decade in 2010 and looking back
on the last decade, we have a lot to be proud of. We launched our school with a
grant of $1,750 and we have a 2010 organizational budget of approximately $2.5
million. 11 years ago our staff consisted of five volunteers. We now rely on 25
paid staff members and 1,000 volunteers to keep our fires burning. Our rented
studio space in 1999 measured 6,000 square feet and we now own our 56,000
square foot West Oakland facility. The Crucible served 300 students our first
year and we now serve more than 20,000 people annually through classes,
community programs and special events.

The Crucible celebrates its anniversary each January with a spectacular
collaborative performance that merges fine art, fire art, music and dance.
These events have been highly praised by critics and audiences as a truly
multidisciplinary collaboration between musicians, dancers and industrial
artists. Our annual Fire Arts Festival features four nights of outdoor arena
activities filled with all things fire and light, and attracts more than 10,000
attendees.

The Crucible offers more than 500 daytime, evening and weekend workshops to
5,000 students annually. From welding to fire dancing, The Crucible is the
best-equipped industrial arts facility in the Bay Area. Our expert instructors
have extensive real world experience and a passion for what they teach. Classes
bring together novices as well as experienced artists and tradespeople to a
noncompetitive, open environment.

The Crucible’s Youth Arts Education Program annually serves more than 4,000
youth, half of whom are West Oakland residents who receive access to free or
reduced cost programs. From bicycle repair intensives to ten-week workshops to
eclectic weeklong camps, students can work one on one with instructors, as a
team with their peers and schoolmates, and in collaboration with diverse young
people from throughout Oakland and beyond.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Youth Arts Education Classes and Camps

Youth Programs:
• Classes (offered quarterly) are given in 15 different studio areas, with the goal of maintaining a student:teacher ratio of no more than 6:1. They are offered at different levels of expertise and in the following lengths:
o Weekend
o After school
o Immersion
• Camps are our most intensive youth program, with offerings similar to our immersion classes. We aim provide 20% of camps spaces to local youth through scholarships.
o Spring Break
o Summer Break
• Workshops at The Crucible are special STEM collaborations to bring science into hands-on artistic experience. We partner with many local schools to bring STEM education to life.
o School-funded Intersessions
o Grant-funded Free Programs
• Gear Girls
• Leave-A-Legacy
• Bike Program is a key community activation piece for The Crucible, activating and highlighting Oakland’s unique bicycle culture.
o Fix-A-Thons
o Art Bike (class)
o Earn-A-Bike
• Field Trips / School presentations provide a taste of what we do (including ties to school-based standards) and encourage youth to consider alternative vocations and to apply to our programs.
• Fuego Internships/Apprenticeships are paid opportunities for youth interns focus on developing their artistic and technical skills, learning leadership skills, supporting The Crucible’s youth classes, and discussing professional development and exhibition preparation with well established Bay Area artists.

Category

Visual Arts Instruction

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$220,524.00

Program 2

Adult Arts Education Classes and Workshops

The Crucible’s programs serve over 13,000 annually on- and off-site through hands-on education, skills demonstrations, and exposure to creative arts. On average, we offer over 400 classes and workshops annually. Our mission is achieved in these primary ways: Adult Programs, Youth Programs, Studio Activation, Events, and Community Outreach.


Adult Programs:
• Classes (offered quarterly) are given in 18 different studio areas, with the goal of maintaining a student:teacher ratio of no more than 6:1. They are offered at different levels of expertise and in many different lengths:
o 10-week session
o 5-week session
o Intensives (full-day weekend sessions)
o Immersions (full-day week-long sessions)
o Tasters (2-4 hour introductions)
• Supervised “Lab” hours give students and artists added time to work outside of class time on their projects with the benefit of experienced supervisors on hand to problem-solve.
• Team Build Workshops provide private and corporate parties a unique retreat experience.

Category

Visual Arts Instruction

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Budget

Program 3

Community Outreach

• Community Partners: To nurture opportunities for change-making beyond our facility’s influence, our local community partnerships focus on making industrial arts accessible for local community leaders such as: local educators (OUSD, local schools and Community Colleges), Oakland Fire Department, Oakland Police Department, neighborhood housing authorities, and others.
• Scholarships: The Crucible is committed to being an accessible venue to all, regardless of cost. To facilitate this, we offer scholarships in our youth and adult programs. To bring STEM and arts education to under-resourced youth, The Crucible makes 20% of classes and camps available by scholarship. Applications are collected, analyzed, and awarded each season, and follow up with scholarship recipients is pursued to see how The Crucible’s programming impacted their lives.
• Organizational Collaborations: The Crucible collaborates with regional institutions and community organizations on special projects and community building events. Previous partnerships have included Oakland Museum of California, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, MAKE magazine and Maker’s Faire, and many more.
• Member Program: Our member community has over 550 active annual memberships. Membership donations fund important facilities improvements and programming.
• Volunteer Program: The Crucible utilizes volunteer support for a variety of support functions: office, studio, adult and youth programs, special events, bike program, community outreach events, and more. Our volunteer program is also an avenue toward making classes accessible to anyone; volunteer hours can be banked to earn discounts and free classes. Each year, over 230 volunteer roles are filled with over 11,600 hours donated.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

None

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Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, particularly West Oakland neighborhood

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Funding Needs

2010 marks the beginning of our second decade of innovative arts programming. Please join us by making a tax-deductible gift to The Crucible to support our annual programs, including industrial art classes for youth and adults, outreach activities, and collaborative performances.   Donations can be made directly to The Crucible's Youth Program, serves 4,000 young people each year through after-school workshops, field trips, weeklong summer camps, and school collaborations. Nearly half of our Youth Program participants are West Oakland residents who receive access to free and deeply discounted programs.   Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated, and 100% tax-deductible. Every bit helps in fueling our fires.

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The Crucible
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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The Crucible

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Executive Director

David C. Miller

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Olson

Attorney/Founding Principal: Sanger & Olson

Term: Jan 2012 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?