Free Public Tour
COME VISIT THE YARD... Free public tours meet the first Wednesday of every month at noon in our office at 27 Sims Ave. We are located on the first floor of the brick building halfway down the street on the left. This is a great way to find out more about our history, progra
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 are
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
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
Easter - Steel Yard Closed
The Steel Yard will be closed today, and there will be no Open Studios.
the Steel Yard is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator
The Steel Yard and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are seeking a 450 hour AmeriCorps member to serve as a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR The Steel Yard has nurtured, grown and depended on the contribution of volunteers for many years. Volunteer involvement in landscaping, building
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!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Yardies! Wishing you all a very happy and creative 2014, The Steel Yard Crew
Newly Installed Banners on Olneyville Square!
Congratulations to Joel Taplin and Nick Vacca for fabricating these beautiful and sturdy decorative banners for Olneyville Square! Special thanks to concept designer Pippi Zornova and William Reeves, the City of Providence, OlneyvIlle Housing Corporation and Eagle Tree and Varmint.
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.