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  • The Steel Yard Launches New Website to Better Meet the Needs of Community

    The Steel Yard has launched a brand new website (www.thesteelyard.org)! Visit us online and register for courses, apply for scholarships, commission public art, buy tickets for our next big event or simply learn more about the history of industrial arts in Rhode Island!
     
    "With over 37,000 visitors to our website annually we knew we had to make some major updates. We finally have a site that looks and feels like you're walking through The Steel Yard studio and campus." said Howie Sneider, Executive Director of the Steel Yard. 
     
    If you want to learn, teach, work, volunteer or support the Yard- head on over to the new site and explore all the different tools, resources and ways that you can get involved. Over the past year we completed a $2.7 Million dollar renovation of our national historic register studios, adding heat and new services throughout the building that will enable us to offer year-round programming and access for the first time. With our increased capacity the old website could just not meet the demands of our community.
     
    Over the past year of development, we partnered with digital architects EXNIHILIO and designer Kiki Sciullo to build this new site from the ground up. Our top priorities for this project are to be accessible, user-friendly, honest, and direct to ensure a smooth experience for all visitors. We couldn't be happier with the results. 
     
    One of the MAJOR features for the new site is the Course Catalog powered by Woocommerce. You can now browse our entire list of course offerings, custom searches, and register easily right on your mobile devices! We've also included a robust portfolio of our Public Projects installed throughout New England- plus all the info you need to commission work for your community! Plus, in the new website we've included completely new programs like the Student Micro-Residency program launched this month.
     
    The Steel Yard is a non-profit industrial art center and shared studio located in Providence, RI. We’re an art maker space and non-traditional craft school offering courses & educational programs in blacksmithing, welding, jewelry, foundry, and ceramics. Depending on the program a student is enrolled in they may pay a subsidized fee, receive a scholarship or get paid to develop new skills.
     
    Our public projects department fabricates functional, design-driven public-art for installation throughout Southeastern New England. These decorative bike racks, trash cans, benches, and fences are found at businesses and main streets from Western Massachusetts to Block Island, with custom metal sculptures installed along waterways, parks, schools and public spaces across the region.
     
    We’re a community of artists, makers, and learners. We host an artist residency program for emerging and mid-level artists that provides full access to our studios and equipment. Our welding job training program pays under-employed Rhode Islanders to learn welding, shop safety, and associated skills with the goal of getting a good-paying job.
     
    Our 3.8-acre award-winning campus is the perfect venue for public and private events and one-of-a-kind fundraisers like our annual Halloween Iron Pour.

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