The Steel Yard offers arts and technical training programs designed to increase opportunities for cultural and artistic expression, career-oriented training, and small business incubation. Our work is made possible through a combination of program-related earned income, private and government grants, corporate giving and individual philanthropy.
We are located at the historic Providence Steel and Iron site, along the Woonasquatucket River in the heart of Providence's industrial Valley neighborhood. Our 10,000 square foot industrial shop includes:
Welding, blacksmithing, jewelry, ceramics, and foundry space
Studio Access Opportunities
Outdoor multi-use work and exhibition space
The Steel Yard's programs cater to working artists, students, community members, tradespeople, arts educators and entrepreneurs.
The Steelyard is a community arts center that allows people community access to the industrial arts. Today, we are hosting Firecamp which is an event that really highlights one of the more interesting aspects of the Steelyard, which is art iron-casting. People can purchase a sand mold, scratch something into it, create their own design and we will be casting it into iron right in front of them so they can take it home at the end of the day. Well the Firecamp is kind of a way to raise a little bit of money for the organization and for the department but also to get the community to get access and understand what the foundry is. Holliston Sand has been really generous in supporting our foundry over the years as a local sand supplier they make really high quality product that folks in our foundry love to using to make their sand molds. This year for Firecamp they actually donated the sand for all the tile molds that we made. I hope attendees of Firecamp leave today knowing that professional artists need and want access to the facilities of the Steelyard. And really the fact that the community of Providence has been so supportive in helping us setting up a space where those opportunities can happen is essential.