For the working metal artist or experienced maker, we provide access to our metal shop beyond our classes. One of the most popular ways to get back into our studio is through Open Studios, offered each and every Sunday (check our homepage for cancellations). Open Studios
Youth Open Studios
For the younger metal enthusiasts we have Youth Open Studio sessions. During our regular course season, our studios are open and free of charge to any high school student who has completed one or more of our youth programs in metalworking. During these monitored studio sessions, students can work
Volunteer Appreciation Party!
The Steel Yard could not run as well as it does without the dedicated time and energy of our volunteers. It's people like you who have helped during events and weekend volunteer days; you've worked hard during all kinds of weather to make the Steel Yard a better place.We really couldn't have done an
Howie Sneider named as Acting Director of the Steel Yard
Howie Sneider, a longtime Steel Yard employee, has been named acting director of the Steel Yard effective November 18. After the resignation of Helen Lang, Howie will lead the Steel Yard until a permanent executive director is found. Howie first came to the Yard in 2004 as an artist renting
The Steel Yard Wins Prestigious Award for Urban Excellence
The Steel Yard, Rhode Island’s industrial arts nonprofit, has been honored with a 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), a prestigious national award honoring innovative urban placemaking. The Steel Yard is one of four Silver Medalists and has been recognized for its game c
Join our Ceramics Cooperative
Lucky you! There's still room available in our Ceramics Cooperative for you to join and make all your pottery dreams come true... The Ceramics Cooperative is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their creative practice in a supportive, cooperative environm
Apply to be the Ceramics Cooperative Coordinator!
Looking to be more involved in the ceramics department? Apply to be the cooperative coordinator! The Steel Yard Ceramics Tech and Coordinator position is designed to support the creative practice of an entry to mid-level ceramic artist by providing full studio access and a monthly stipend in exc
2013 Weld To Work Application
Applications for our Weld to Work program are now available. Weld to Work is a paid Steel Yard metalworking training program designed to give you skills that will make you eligible for welding jobs in local businesses. This program will introduce you to studio safety, basic metalworking tools, hand
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.