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steven-young

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Review for The Crucible, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Crucible is a dynamic, energizing and inclusive arts school where I learned how to harness my own creative energy. My first experience with The Crucible was in a welding class. The instructor was amazingly friendly and helpful, encouraging me to dive in to the class with excitement and enthusiasm. While there, I discovered that there are many exciting things to learn that I would have never had the opportunity to try without The Crucible. I went on to learn Blacksmithing, Metal Furniture Fabrication, Neon Sculpture, Glass Casting and even took a fire performance class called Fire Staff where I learned to spin a five feet long staff alight with fire on each end! While on my journey of learning, I got to know many of the faculty and staff who pour their souls into this organization. My involvement grew and eventually I became part of the Board of Directors. In my current role as Board President, I have had the opportunity to help this organization fulfill it's mission to provide inspiration and access to the arts to a wide variety of clients and audiences. I have also had the opportunity to grow as a person and to develop a deep sense of pride in my relationship to The Crucible and to all of the amazing people who make this organization and it's mission a vital part of the West oakland community and the wider community of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the kids of West Oakland gain a sense of pride in themselves through their involvement with the youth program at The Crucible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being associated with an unbelievable group of people who are dedicated to making arts education a part of everyone's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented, dedicated and committed to making my experience at The Crucible an unforgettable and valuable experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

widen it's audience, provide needed arts education to under-served people and develop a full program of arts education to rival anything that exists in the US today.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I volunteer on the Board of Directors and help to guide the direction of this amazing organization.