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This case study from the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is a wonderful in-depth history of the Yard. Click here to learn more Bruner Report (pdf)


Amanda M. Grosvenor. "Maker City." Providence Monthly. April 2017, pp. 29-32.



Take Magazine wrote an article about what we do here at the Yard and who our shop services in our community. To read all about it, click here Take Magazine covers the Steel Yard (pdf)

Executive Director Howie Sneider was interviewed by Popular Mechanics to generate a Maker's Guide to Providence. To hear what Howie has to say about our beloved city, click here

The Ocean State BBQ Festival was a delicious event that was hosted on our site in 2016. Click here to read about it Ocean State BBQ Festival at the Steel Yard (pdf)

We brought the Mobil Blacksmithing Trailer downcity in June to be a part of the 2016 PVDFest. Click here to see more The Steel Yard at the PVDFest (pdf)

Our Workforce Coordinator Margo Karoff-Hunger wrote an article on Weld to Work for the Carolina Planning Journal. Click here to learn more about our workforce training program and the impact it has Carolina Planning Journal- More Than Just Job Training (pdf)

Our Public Projects department fabricated a floating movie screen for this year's Urban Pond Procession. Click here to learn more about the celebration Urban Pond Procession 2016 (pdf)

We did an interview with with our new Development DIrector, Sally Turner. Click here to read all about it Interview with Our New Development Director Sally Turner (pdf)

We did an interview with our new Community Relations Manager, Jenny Sparks. Click here to read all about it Interview with Our New Community Relations Manager Jenny Sparks (pdf)

The Providence Preservarion Society held their 20th Anniversary bash at the Steel Yard. The Steampunk Soiree was an amazing night. To catch up on some of the highlights from the event, click here Providence Preservation Society at the Steel Yard (pdf)


Providence Monthly had an article featuring Islay Taylor, the Steel Yard Program Director, and her art work. Click here to read more Sculpture Collides With Jewelry (pdf)

In October, RISCA helped coordinate a tour for the Steel Yard for NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, US Senator Jack Reed, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Lt. Governor Dan McKee, and RI Senate Fiscal Deputy Director Lauretta Converse. Click here to read more NEA Chairman Jane Chu visits Rhode Island (pdf)

Long-time Yardie Frank Barada, who has taken part in the Iron Residency and taught courses for years, was featured in an article written by the Avenue Conept. Read more about Frank's art story and his installations in Downtown Providence here Playing Around with Found Objects (pdf)

Public Projects pumped out some bikeracks for Wakefield in Southern Rhode Island. The designs included a three piece train, jumping fish, and some old school bicycles. To lean more, click here Whimsical Bike Racks for Peace Dale (pdf)

The Boston Globe gave the Steel Yard's 10th Annual Halloween Iron Pour a shout out in their recent article about unusual must-see evebts of New England. Click here to read more Fall Festivals - 10th Annual Halloween Iron Pour (pdf)

Steel Yard blacksmith instructor Willow Zietman shares her story of seeking self identity and returning to her passion in this feature by AutoStraddle. To read more, click here On Returning to her Craft (pdf)

The Providence Journal wrote an article about one of our very own welding students who built his own car with the help of his instructor, our facility, and a stack of books. Click here to read more Steel Yard Student in the Providence Journal (pdf)

Thanks to funding from the City of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza as well as PopUp Providence the Steel Yard was able to design and build a mobil blacksmithing trailer to bring demonstrations to places in the city that where not easily accessible before. The Providence Journal wrote a feature about our demonstration at the Roger Williams National Memorial and the necessity of keeping ancient arts alive today. Click here to read more Demonstrations with the Mobile Blacksmithing Trailer (pdf)

In August the Steel Yard announced the 2015 Fall Weld to Work session. The program in 2015 was expanded from previous years, including a soft-skills portion of the training in addition to the traditional design and fabrication currisulum. To click here to read more 2015 Fall Weld to Work Press Release (pdf) 

The Providence International Arts Festival rocked the city in June 2015. The Providence Journal wrote about some of the many different arts that were featured, including the industrial arts at the Steel Yard. Click here to learn more PIAF and Fire Camp (pdf)

Thirteen nonprofit executives have been named 2015 Rhode Island Foundation Fellows, a program designed to energize mid-career executives in the state's nonprofit sector. Howie Sneider, the Steel Yard's Executive Director was named as one of the thirteen. Click here to learn more Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship and Howie Sneider (pdf)


RI Local Magazine did a wonderful feature of the Steel Yard in their 2014 November edition. It included some stellar photos of the site and the work we do in the Public Projects workshop. Click here to learn more RI Local Magazine and the Steel Yard (pdf)

The Outpost Journal did a special on the influence of mentorship in the city of Providence, mentioning the Steel Yard among two other outstanding non-profit organizations. To read more, click here

The Providence Journal wrote a piece about the celebration held at the Steel Yard to mark the 10th anniversary of industrial art programming. Click here to learn more 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Steel Yard (pdf)

Providence Business News highlighted the Steel Yard's methods of funding and the journey to a balanced revenue model. Click here to read into it Funding Balance (pdf)


OffMetro NY, a new green travel resource for city dwellers who want to get out of town featured the Steel Yard as a destination to visit while taking a creative vacation in Providence,RI. Click here to read more Things to do in Providence - OffMetro NY (pdf)

Providence Business News interviewed Steel Yard co-founder Nick Bauta about the origins, the development of the Yard and our recent Bruner Award. Read the interview herePBN_Award_Raises_the_Steel_Yard_Profile (pdf)

Moder Metals featured an article about our Yard and the history behind it. Click here to read moreModern Metals Magazine-Heavy Metal Makeover (pdf)

The Brown Daily Herald featured an article about our exhibition at the Cohen Gallery, featuring the work of the Steel Yard's Public Projects department. Click here to read moreIndustrial Evolution (pdf)

The Blog Daily Herald featured an article about Brown University student group: Fashion at Brown (f@b) fall's photo shoot here at the Steel Yard. You can read more about the photo shoot and check out the pictures by clicking here Fashion_at_Brown_-_BlogDailyHerald (pdf)

The Providence Journal featured an article about our recent award celebration, and our 10th year anniversary. Click here to read more ProvidenceJournalBrunerAward (pdf)

the Steel Yard was featured in an article written by Kate Nagie about Providence's Steel Yard to Receive Prestigious Bruner Award. Click here to read more GoLocalProv - Providence Steel Yard to Receive Prestigious Bruner Award (pdf)

Providence Business News featured the Steel Yard in an article about a new law signed by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee on June 25th to create a “Made in Rhode Island” collaborative to help promote locally made products. Click here to read more:Providence_Business_News-Eager_to_Sell_Goods_Made_in_RI (pdf)

Motif Magazine featured our coming fundraiser, Cruise Night as one of the Top 13 things To Do This Summer. Click here to read more:Motif_Magazine-Top_13_Things_To_Do_This_Summer (pdf)

The Steel Yard was featured in an article written by Andy Cutler about Providence's Future being Linked to the past. Click here to read more:GoLocalProv-Andy Cutler_Providence_Future_Is_Linked_To_Its_Past (pdf)

Providence Monthly featured our upcoming fundraiser, Cruise Night. Check out their feature of our favorite summer event by clicking here: Providence Monthly - Greased Lighting (pdf)

The Providence Journal featured an article about Jennifer Moore, the Steel Yard's Public Project administrative assistant. You can read more about Jennifer by clicking here: Providence Journal- Creating Opportunities for Artists is Moores Goal (pdf)

The Boston Herald featured the Steel Yard's summer courses as options for creating your own 'Adult Summer Camp.' Our Weekend Welding Workshops and Blacksmithing Workshops were included in the article; click here for more info: Boston Herald- Crafts programs attract grown-ups (pdf)

The Steel Yard was featured in Metropolis Magazine's blog, POV. The article focuses around our candidacy for the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and features the experiences of the Bruner Foundations visit to our site. Learn more about their experience in Providence by clicking here:  Metropolis Magazine POV Blog - On the road with Bruner (pdf)

Providence Business News interviewed Helen Lang about her new position as the Executive Director of the Steel Yard, and how her history of financial and arts administration plays into her plans for the Yard. You can read the article here:  PBN - Interview with Helen Lang (pdf)

GoLocalProv featured a write up about Helen Lang, the new Executive Director of the Steel Yard. Read the article by clicking here: GoLocalProv - New York City Arts Leader Helen Lang Will Take Over Steel Yard (pdf)

Providence Business News featured an article about the newest Executive Director of the Steel Yard: Helen Lang. To view the article about our newest Yardie here: Providence Business News - The Steel Yard welcomes Lang as ED (pdf)


The students of Kickemuit Middle School designed bike racks for their school, which the Steel Yard then articulated in full scale steel bike racks. Read more about this collaboration in EastBayRI: East Bay Patch - Warren Students Pitch in to Build Bike Racks (pdf)

The Providence Journal featured the fence that the Public Projects Department designed, built, and installed at Kennedy Plaze. Read about the 385 foot curving steel fence here: Providence Journal - Kennedy Plaza Fence Captures The Eye (jpg)

The Steel Yard's 'Weld To Work' program was featured by GoLocalProv. You can read the article about training the next generation of workers here: GoLocalProv - BankRI Supports Steel Yards Weld To Work Program (pdf)

a+t architecture publishers, based in Spain, included the Steel Yards recent landscape renovation in their recent publication: RECLAIM Remediate Reuse Recycle. You can see the page spread here: RECLAIM Remediate Reuse Recycle (pdf)

Providence Monthly featured an article about a site rental at the Steel Yard, a Yoga Rave. You can read about this event here: Providence Monthly - Yoga Rave (pdf)

The Valley Breeze featured a series of bike hitches, trash cans, and planters that artists working in Public Projects made. You can read the article about the project here: The Valley Breeze - Downtown Gets New Fixtures In Time For Arts Festival (pdf)

Brown Alumni Magazine interviewed Steel Yard co-founder Clay Rockefeller about the origins and development of the Yard. Read the interview here: Brown Alumni Magazine - Metal Works Interview With Clay Rockefeller (pdf)

Gadling, a travel blog, featured the Steel Yard as a destination to visit while taking a creative vacation in Providence. Read the article here: Gadling - Art On The Rhode (pdf)

ecoRI news featured an article about a new community garden in Federal Hill and it's efforts to repurpose materials and provide job/skill training; which the Steel Yard contributed to. Read the article here: ecoRI - New Community Garden Provides Food and Jobs (pdf)

ecoRI news featured the Steel Yard's reuse of materials, and the importance of repurposing over recycling at the Yard. Click here to read the ecoRI article here: ecoRI - Reuse Trumps Recycling (pdf)

The Steel Yard's job training program, Weld to Work, made unique fencing for the William D'Abate Elementary School in Olneyville as part of a neighborhood revitalization program. You can read the Providence Journal article here: Olneyville Housing Revitalization - Providence Journal (pdf)

Frank Barada, and instructor and artist at the Yard, was featured in a photograph printed in the Providence Journal. He is pictured working on one of the fence panels made for William D'Abate Elementary School. You can see the picture here: A Welder's Touch - Providence Journal (pdf)

The Steel Yard collaborated with students from Sophia Academy to make a floating sculpture for Mashapaug Pond. The sculpture was part of this years Urban Pond Procession. You can read more about the event and the sculpture here: ecoRI Pond Procession (pdf)

The Steel Yard's site renovation project was awarded the Sen. John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Projects by the Environment Council of Rhode Island. You can read a brief synopsis of all the recipients of the award here: Environmental Digest - Providence Journal (jpg)

Congressman Jim Langevin visited the Steel Yard to learn more about the Weld To Work program. Read more about Langevins visit to our studio, and his tour of Rhode Island businesses. Providence Journal Langevin Visits The Steel Yard (jpg)

Congressman Jim Langevin highlighted the Weld to Work program at the Steel Yard, and the importance of the programs mission to introduce low-income Rhode Islanders to industrial skills such as welding and metalworking. Read more about it here: {{document: A Welder's Touch - Providence Journal{{

The Steel Yard's brownfield clean-up project was awarded the Sen. John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Projects by the Environment Council of Rhode Island. Read more in the Providence Business News article here: Chafee Conservation Award - April PBN (pdf)

The Providence Journal features the Steel Yard's recognition by the Sen. John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Projects by the Environment Council of Rhode Island. Providence Journal Chafee Awards (jpg)

The Steel Yard's Public Projects department will be creating public artwork for a public art initiative in Kennedy Plaza. Learn more about the creative plans for the space here: Plans For Kennedy Plaza - Providence Phoenix (pdf)

Our executive director, Drake Patten, wrote an article for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's publication, Communities & Banking, on the impact that the arts has on the economy. Read more here RI Changes the Creative Economy - Communities and Banking (pdf)

The Steel Yard's 2011 Bank Of America Weld to Work program was written up in the Olneyville Neighborhood News. The article features the fence panels that were designed and built or the William D'Abate Elementary School. Olneyville Collaborative News (pdf)


The Steel Yard's award winning site renovation was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. Check out the article to find out more about our remediation. Landscape Architecture Magazine - December 2011 (pdf)

The Steel Yard was featured in an article on innovative public arts in Rhode Island. Check out the article from the December issue of Public Art Review. Public Art Review - December 2011 (pdf)