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 in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances.

The Crucible inspires creative exploration and expression through welcoming, hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. As an innovative hub built around the industrial arts, The Crucible is a catalyst for individual growth and vibrant community connections.

We believe in the power of making and creative risk-taking.
We celebrate awe-inspiring arts-based experiences and our ability to foster and share them.
We create an environment that is fun, respectful, non-competitive, and welcoming to anyone who wants to participate.
We nurture others and ourselves by creating a safe environment in which to test the boundaries of new abilities and artistic expression.
We appreciate varied life experiences, perspectives and abilities, and believe that we can all learn from one another through shared creative endeavor.
We value the skills, craftsmanship and knowledge of our faculty, staff, and students, and celebrate our opportunities to offer access to broad-ranging expertise and artistic excellence.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Arts Education Classes and Camps
  2. Adult Arts Education Classes and Workshops
  3. Community Outreach
  4. Fuego Youth Leadership Program in the Industrial and Fine Arts
Service Areas

Self-reported

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

Self-reported

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

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Overview

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Since 1999, The Crucible has inspired creative exploration and expression through hands-on industrial arts education for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. We launched our school with a grant of $1,750 and we have a 2016 organizational budget of approximately $3.14 million. 11 years ago our staff consisted of five volunteers. We now rely on 200 paid staff and faculty members and 2,000 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's youth program began 10 years ago with a handful of grassroots classes and a small bike shop in the corner of our studio. Now a bustling cornerstone of the Oakland community, we are currently serving more than 5,000 young students annually through workshops, classes, summer camps, and apprenticeship training programs. More than 80% of participating young people have access to free programs, and over $100,000 in summer camp scholarship funds are distributed each year.

The Crucible offers more than 500 daytime, evening and weekend workshops to 10,000 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.

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 128 workshops 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 provide 1 in 5 youth with partial or full 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: Mechanics and Crucible faculty work to serve the needs of the West Oakland youth, providing them functioning bicycles and a greater knowledge of bike repair while strengthening the Crucible’s relationship with the local community.
o Art Bike (class): Students learn basic fabrication skills in MIG welding, Oxy/Acetylene torch, grinding and finishing, to redesign handlebars, rims, seat posts, and frames to create a unique bicycle.
o Earn-A-Bike: Over a 6-week workshop, the youth work with volunteer bike mechanics to fix donated bikes. Each participant fixes two bikes and keeps one. The other bike is sold to raise money to support the bike program.
• 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.
• Pre-apprenticeship programs: Engages students aged 16-24 years old, focusing on teaching a broad range of metalworking techniques, public demonstration opportunities, community site visits, networking opportunities and public art projects.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

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 19 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 for groups of 6 to 150 individuals.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

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 650 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 250 volunteer roles are filled with over 12,000 hours donated.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

Program 4

Fuego Youth Leadership Program in the Industrial and Fine Arts

Fuego is a youth leadership opportunity for high school excited about deepening their technical skills, learning leadership skills, and supporting The Crucible’s youth classes. Fuego leaders progress from immersive creative classwork to the exploration of possible career opportunities. Ten new Fuego leaders are selected each year and ten returning students are encouraged to return for a second year (during 2016 there was an 80% return rate for the second year group).

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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

As a hub for innovation, imagination, and inspiration, The Crucible continues to develop new programs and projects. Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, we will double and then triple the size of our immersive pre-professional training program for 18- to 23-year-old emerging artists and expand our studios to include new innovative courses. Tuition and ticket sales cover only 60% of our operating expenses. Support from members allows us to provide accessible programs, employ working artists, partner with local schools, and train the next generation of makers. Gifts of all types and sizes are needed and appreciated. Every bit helps in fueling our fires--whether it's volunteer hours, studio equipment, or financial contributions--these gifts ensure that we can continue to provide world-class industrial arts education to over 5,000 youth and 5,000 adults each year through workshops, classes, field trips, weeklong summer camps, and school collaborations. More than half of our Youth Program participants are West Oakland residents who receive access to free and deeply discounted programs. 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.

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

David C. Miller

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Olson

Attorney/Founding Principal: Lubin, Olson & Niewiadomski LLP

Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?