Art Transforms Lives 2021






"The experience here made me feel like a leader and like I have power."  - 18-year-old Ashala Jones 

With your support, we can continue to offer transformative arts education to youth, young adults, working artists, and families helping people access joy, confidence, and new opportunities in exciting career pathways. Because of donors like you, in 2022, we will:

  • Offer 150 scholarships to youth and adults for industrial and fine art classes 

  • Provide free bike mechanics training and bike repair to over 400 youth and adults 

  • Host 30 young women ages 12-16 to build skills and confidence in our re-imagined Glass Blowing Hot Shop

  • Sponsor 3 days of workshops and site visits for more than 600 Oakland students ages 8-18 and their teachers

  • Offer up to 15 Fuego Youth Leaders a $1,000 stipend for their summer participation

  • Bring our outfitted industrial arts Educational Fire Truck to community events in West and East Oakland

  • and more!

Your meaningful gift will empower young people to imagine a different future.  Thank you for supporting youth and equitable arts access! 

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The Crucible is a 501c3 organization in West Oakland, CA and all donations are tax deductible. Our EIN# 52-2137825. To learn more about The Crucible's mission and programming, visit

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Allen Hall | $516.98

in 2009 I had a choice. I was being let go from a senior executive position in a FTSI100 company. I was considering my options at 45 and I was looking at buying a small aerospace manufacturing business (safe choice, just an extension of my current path) OR I was considering moving to Oakland and reinventing myself through a couple of years of classes at your school. I was already a master hobby woodworker and I was excited by expanding what I could do with glass and metal working. I was hesitant though for two reasons; I was developing severe allergies to exotic wood dust and the change would take me out of my comfort zone. I bought a company in Chatsworth. It was hell and I knew I made the wrong choice. Message to those considering a life change.. safe is not very fulfilling ... At 57 I wasted to many years doing things I really did not want to do.

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Peter Moore | $517.91

Candida Rubalcaba-Rivera | $67.60


Thank you for everything you do!

Thor Young | $100

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Melanie Moore

In loving memory of my incredibly creative and courageous mom.


Honoring the memory of Ken Gilliland

Marilyn Harryman | $103.83

Barbara | $67.60

My son will choose The Crucible over his VR headset, which is huge — then he’s engaging and growing in the real world

Anonymous | $31.37

Glad The Crucible is still around and empowering us all to do/learn more.

Hunter Irvin | $103.83

Absolutely love the work you do to support local industrial arts!

Duy Thai | $100

Stephanie Berger | $103.80


David | $67.60

Larry | $31.49

Deborah Smyth | $259.11

The world is better because The Crucible exists.


A brilliant and under-appreciated artist who inspired so many others...

Autumn Adamme

As a professional artist myself, I am endlessly grateful to my early teachers. Without their encouragement and knowledge I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today!

Sophie Fanelli | $103.83

Peter Moore | $259.11

Maria Giudice | $103.83


The work The Crucible has done in the last few years during this incredibly challenging time has been inspiring and so needed. #arttransformslives

Lisa Barto | $67.60

Chris and Jana Pastena | $1,553.11

My grandma, Emily, was a talented artist who would have loved The Crucible.

Larry Rosenstein | $103.83

Chris and Jana Pastena | $2,588.30

In memory of my mom, Sari, a talented artist who loved to create.

Jim Jackman | $517.91