Second Saturday Volunteer Day
Second Saturday Volunteer Days at the Steel Yard are a great way to help out in a group setting. On the second Saturday of each month, from 11am – 3pm, we will work together to keep the Yard looking great. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people, give back to the Yard, and be creative. T
Mark your calendar, FIRE CAMP will be happening before you know it! And, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to recieve updates about this and future events. Once again, we will be firing up the forges and the iron furnace on June 13th for our third annual Fire Camp. This event
10th Annual Cruise Night
Suggested donationThe Steel Yard is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Cruise Night will be held on Friday, July 10th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. This unique event is more than a simple display of chrome and horsepower, but is also an important part of the Steel Yard’s
2015 Halloween Iron Pour
Help Fuel the Fires this Winter
There is nowhere else around to access the equipment, knowledge or skills that are available at the Steel Yard. You can help someone have a Steel Yard experience… • $75 will fund a public demonstration • $180 will provide the gasses for welding class • $36
The Halloween Iron Pour is here!
On October 25th the Steel Yard brings you Mad Science, our 9th Annual Halloween Iron Pour. The Iron Pour has been called one of Providence’s most impressive Halloween parties and you won’t want to miss it. Prepare yourself for an industrial performance extravaganza.
Cruise Night 2012 Film by Rob Houllahan
Our friend, and unofficial documentarian of all things Yard related, Rob Houllahan shot some great footage at this years Cruise Night. If you weren't able to attend the event, or you just want to relive all the awesomeness, watch the video below to see all classic and custom cars that converged on o
Sneider Named as Executive Director
The Steel Yard Board of Directors has appointed Howie Sneider to the position of Executive Director, effective March 21, 2014. Sneider, who has served as acting director since December, came to the Steel Yard in 2004 as an artist renting studio space and as the teacher of the Yard's firs
SPRING COURSES POSTERS
Look at our beautiful 2014 Spring courses poster designed by Beth Brandon, isn't great!
Mission & History
The Steel Yard acts as a catalyst in the creative revitalization of the industrial valley district of Providence, Rhode Island. In fostering the industrial arts and incubating small business, the Corporation seeks to cultivate an environment of experimentation and a community strengthened by creative networks.
The Steel Yard was founded in 2001 by Nick Bauta and Clay Rockefeller who purchased the former Providence Steel and Iron (PSI) complex in the conviction that the industrial site had not yet outlived its purpose. In collaboration with fellow artists and community members, Bauta and Rockefeller built a non-profit around the simple idea that by reconnecting people to how things are made and teaching them about process, endless possibilities open up. The founders and the earliest members of our community imagined a place that would serve as a sponsor and catalyst for innovative approaches to urban revitalization, arts promotion, workforce development, and community growth.
Our first major foray into programming began with the intention of furnishing local metalworkers with access to a well-equipped shop. We converted PSI’s ornamental shop into an industrial arts facility and education center. The facility and surrounding site now accommodates classes and projects in welding, blacksmithing, ceramics, jewelry, glass casting and the foundry arts.
Over the years, both the interior and exterior spaces have been used for the fabrication of products, the creation of works of art, open houses, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, and performances. The input and assistance of the surrounding community has helped drive a grassroots evolution at the Steel Yard ensuring that its vision, curriculum, and facilities are unique and uniquely beneficial to the locality in which we work.
As the Steel Yard has grown, it has served as a point of exchange for individuals from a variety of social, professional, and economic sectors. The student learning to cast bronze, the auto specialist restoring an antique car, the artist hanging an installation, and the tradesman building slate roofs have worked side by side, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration, mutual learning, and the creation of links between individual endeavors and their applications in wider society. Moving into the future, we will strive to fulfill our mission and serve our community by modeling our growth on the inclusiveness and interactivity that first enabled the Steel Yard to flourish.