1. 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

    Ceramics Residency
    Foundry Residency
    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.

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  2. When one person or one family has clean, accessible water, their lives are changed. But when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed.

    Water for People exists for one purpose, and it’s as simple as our name: we want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, our job will be done.

    We want water for everyone, forever.

    The current story is one of millions of people without clean water or adequate sanitation facilities. How do we #ChangeThat?

    We’re looking beyond toilets and wells and water pumps, and into the future. We’re talking to people to find out how they live and what they need to feel healthy, safe, empowered, and successful.

    We’re designing solutions based on long-term needs — and long lives. We don’t want to be around forever, but we want water to be.

    This week we are gathering with our Water for People partners and supporters to, “change the game.” Our partners have been involved in our efforts from the start and together we are changing philanthropy by leveraging relationships through professional associations such as the New England Water Works Association and New England Water Environment Association. We are here together to celebrate progress made towards addressing global water and sanitary issues that ultimately affect us all.
    Holliston Sand is here to support Water for People because simply we believe in the mission, access to clean water is a basic right and we are all about creating awareness on this issue. Being stewards for our environment is a very important part of Holliston Sands’ culture and Water for People’s efforts is consistent with this philosophy. We believe that this whole cause is something you can wrap your arms around.

    Water for People isn’t your traditional international organization, we are going beyond toilets and beyond today. We want full water coverage for every household, every clinic and every school, forever!

    And much progress is being made, tonight we’ve come together to raise over fifty-thousand dollars. This is a great victory in our campaign to spread awareness of global water and sanitation issues. Our unique approach is based on investments at all levels, from municipal-wide support to down to each person consuming water and the model is growing from communities to districts to countries with far-reaching and long lasting impact. When one person or one family has clean accessible water their lives are changed but when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed.

    Of the money raised tonight, all net proceeds directly benefit Water for People by supporting continued implementation of sustainable solutions in communities around the world. Through our re-imagined reporting platform we collect, analyze and apply data in powerful ways that gets us closer to achieving our goal. And this data is your data because our success is your success! We are making strides in changing philanthropy as a whole, how it’s define, executed and celebrated. We want you to know how your investment in philanthropy is changing lives and making the biggest impact!

    Not just in the short term but forever! We are taking risks and being fearless and we are excited to have you join us. It would not be possible without you! To our partners, sponsors and volunteers we are especially grateful and inspired by your continued commitment to our mission.

    Together we’ll continue to, “Change the Game!”

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  3. This year's Pumpkin Festival held in North Smithfield, Rhode Island was full of great moments! If you missed the excitement, check out this video! Holliston Sand was one of the events' main sponsors. In fact, Holliston Sand has participated in the Great Pumpkin Festival on a yearly basis since the inception of the event.

    North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival –
    What do you get when you mix sand with a pumpkin festival? The answer is simple, North Smithfield’s Great Pumpkin Festival!” This year, at the North Smithfield High School, the Seventh Annual Great Pumpkin Festival was held and Holliston Sand was there supporting all the excitement.
    The purpose of the festival is to celebrate people, build ties among the community and bring together charitable, civic, and school organizations to raise funds that serve the local residents. Running seven years strong, this year’s theme was called, “Lucky 7” and we here at Holliston Sand have been fortunate enough to be involved with this great community event since 2005.
    From face painting to dragon costumes this festival had it all and was a treat for the whole family! Donna Baril, chairman of this year’s pumpkin festival and her team had this to say about Holliston Sand, “If it were not for the contributions of local companies such as Holliston Sand this event just would not happen.”
    We pride ourselves in serving people much more than just sand! So whether it is helping the community or bringing people together, Holliston Sand is truly “the element in every day!” We are more than just a sand company, we are individuals who work for a sand company that strive to better the lives of our partners and community. For more information on The Great Pumpkin Festival please visit their website at greatpumpkinfestival.org.

    My name is Donna Birrell, I am the chairperson for this year’s Pumpkin Fest which is the seventh year and we are calling it, Lucky Seven. The Great Pumpkin Festival located at the North Smithfield Middle School and High School in North Smithfield in Rhode Island.

    This is Bob Gallan, my right-side, wing-man! The Pumpkin Festival actually started seven years ago, what it was or the idea that came is to have a means to bring all the non-profits together one day to raise money for the various projects. This is what this is all about, we have all the non-profits in town gathered in one place and hopefully make something to carry in through the year. But that’s the whole idea and it’s a great excuse to have a nice community event like this and everybody together like this for one day. And this is the seventh year running and it’s been going good every year!

    All our sponsors are local sponsors they either live in town, or there business is out of town or their business is in town but they are all local people.

    Holliston Sand has been a sponsor for us since year one and again without their financial help this would not happen.

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