VOLUNTEER & WORK OPPORTUNITIES
The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is the policy of the Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations, or military status. Lived life experience will be considered over degrees; Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. Read our DEI & Anti-Racism Statement here.
PUBLIC PROJECTS METAL ARTIST
(FABRICATORS WITH DESIGN SKILLS)
The Steel Yard’s Public Projects department works directly with municipalities, neighborhood organizations, businesses and nonprofits to produce public art and creative artistic functional amenities that are accessible to everyone. We support the arts economy by hiring independent artists to design and fabricate locally inspired custom products.
When contracting with independent artists, we look for folks who are creative problem-solvers, work well in a shared industrial shop, meet deadlines, and produce quality, long-lasting work. While some projects may require more than one artist, each artist is paid as an independent contractor. All work is performed in our fully equipped industrial arts shop.
Most projects require the following skills: Welding, Metal Fabrication, Design
Compensation is between $15.00 to $27.50/hour, dependent on experience.
Want to get involved at The Steel Yard? Becoming a volunteer is the perfect start. The Steel Yard is a community and shared studio; we always need help with cleaning, organizing, building, painting, etc. We also organize a ton of creative projects throughout the year. It’s a BIG Yard and we need as much help as we can get!
Send us a message if you or an organization you are involved with would like to partner with The Steel Yard for a volunteer project!
The Steel Yard is currently offering several ways to get involved at The Yard. These include the fourth Saturday of every month from 10-2pm from May through December. We also might have opportunities at our events during the year, so keep an eye out for those! Let us know that you’ll be lending a hand by registering via eventbrite.
A TYPICAL DAY OF VOLUNTEERING MIGHT LOOK LIKE…
- Picking up/ emptying trash
- Building items out of steel or wood
- Organizing tools, contents of shipping containers, equipment,
hardware, supplies used at The Yard, metal items, wood items, etc.
- Cutting down/ digging up weeds
- General cleaning
- And more!
Email us at email@example.com, or call the studio office at (401) 369-7776. The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Steel Yard courses aim to give community members exposure to a range of industrial art forms in a safe, fun, welcoming, and creative environment. Interested artist instructors must have proven experience in their medium and teaching. This includes understanding the process, ability to see a project through, correct and safe use of equipment, and ability to give clear directions to students of different ages with varying levels of experience and learning skills.
The Steel Yard seeks experienced artists to teach community courses in blacksmithing, welding, ceramics, jewelry, and iron casting. Instructors are needed for introductory, advanced, and project-based courses; new course ideas are welcomed. Courses run all year round and include weekend workshops, single-night events, and multi-week classes. Compensation is $27.50/hour , with pay made for contact teaching & prep hours.
For consideration, please submit an application here.