The Crucible

The Crucible is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community.  Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances.

In 2003, The Crucible moved from Berkeley to West Oakland and since then thousands of people have attended classes, lectures, and community events. During 2012, The Crucible offered 400 evening and weekend workshops to 5,000 youth and adult students. From welding to torch cutting, and woodworking to jewelry making and fire dancing, talented artists and craftspeople work alongside industrial experts to create a one-of-a-kind learning environment.

Their local Financial Development Corporation (FDC) and community lender have provided The Crucible with a California Small Business Loan Guarantee to facilitate a term loan to support their long-term capital funding.

Featured Partners

Northern California Small Business
Financial Development Corporation
California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program