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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)


Our Weld To Work program, supported by a grant from Bank of America, was featured in Providence Business News. Check out the article here: PBN - Weld To Work (pdf)


The ribbon cutting for the Steel Yard's new bike racks in Newport were featured in the Newport Patch. Check out the article here: Newport Bike Racks - Newport Patch (pdf)


The Steel Yard's Public Projects department will create bike racks for Jamiel's Park: Jamiel's Park - Bristol Warren Patch (pdf)


The Steel Yards creative community is featured in Makeshift Magazine: Makeshift_Magazine_Steel_Yard_2011 (pdf)


The Steel Yard's remediation was featured in the EPA's August Brownfields Success in New England newsletter: EPA Brownfield Success in New England (pdf)


Books Beneath the beams was featured in August's Providence Montly: Providence Monthly - August 2011 (pdf)

JULY 26, 2011

Cruise Night was featured in Projo Cars!  Check it out: Cruise Night - Projo - 2011 (pdf)

JULY 13, 2001

Celebrity sightings around Providence and the Steel Yard on

APRIL 2011

The Steel Yard arts center is a real game-changer, from the Providence Journal.

Download: Projo - April 2011 (pdf)

New England urbanists look for the silver lining in the ‘New Austerity’ from the New Urban Network.

MARCH 27, 2011

Go to the head of the classes: Adult learning in Rhode Island from the Boston Globe.


Metropolis Magazine January 2011 (pdf) Thanks to the vision of two young developers, a former industrial complex now stands as a model for neighborhood revival ...


Nice write-up on Metropolis' Point of View Blog.


Providence Journal - Welding Artistry (pdf) - A great general article from the Providence Journal

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009

Phoenix - Trash Talk (pdf) The Phoenix covers our second annual Iron Chef competition

SEPTEMBER 20, 2009

Steel Sculpture - Projo (pdf) Another article about Iron Chef


RI Monthly - Iron Men (pdf) A short article about our annual Iron Pour


Country Living - Who Says Summer Camp is just for Kids (pdf) The Steel Yard is included in this list of outstanding summer programs

MAY 18, 2008

Projo - Welding (pdf) The ProJo examines the role of welding in America's economy

FALL 2008

American Craft - Providence Culture Fest (pdf) Providence's creative establishments, including the Steel Yard, are praised in American Craft Magazine


RI Monthly - Best of 2008 (pdf) The Steel Yard is awarded RI Monthly's Best Out of the Ordinary Art Class prize!


Edible Rhody 2007 (pdf) - Edible Rhody Article featuring the Steel Yard

OCTOBER 2, 2007

{{document:Brown Daily Herald - 1001 Uses{{- All about the Steel Yard's public programs


Red Bull Race (pdf) Red Bull's Soap Box Race in Providence showcases community creativity

JUNE 8, 2007

ProJo - An art for helping boost the economy (pdf) Providence values nonprofit arts groups like the Steel Yard

MAY 2007

EPA Brownfield Grant (pdf) - Three Providence organizations receive Brownfield cleanup funds


Ready Made - Capitals of Creativity (pdf) ReadyMade magazine highlights the Steel Yard in its article about 5 unlikely American cities to visit

DECEMBER 7, 2006

ProJo - State Grants (pdf) The Steel Yard was a recipient of one of RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission's grantsin 2006


Urban Renewal (pdf) - Providence featured in NYLON magazine.


The Crafts Report - US Cities Where Crafts Thrive (pdf) The Steel Yard represents Providence in this national report

AUGUST 30, 2006

Keys to the Underground (pdf) The Steel Yard is featured in the Phoenix's guide to Providence's vibrant arts scene

JUNE 16, 2006

Providence Business News - Industrial Artists (pdf) The Steel Yard's mission is detailed in Providence Business News

"We are really engaged in keeping artists employed," [Drake Patten] said. "That's very important to us...We want to see artists staying in Rhode Island, having a reason to be here, and being able to make a living."

MAY 8, 2006

State Grants (pdf) - Providence organizations receive grants from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

MAY 2006

Olneyville in Revolution (pdf) - Providence Monthly

Although the Steel Yard is quite unique in many respects, there are a number of similar organizations in other areas of the country...The difference is those other organizations don't have the same rich industrious history as Providence does, making a place like the Steel Yard a perfect match for our city. And the folks on Sims Avenue are extremely willing to explain how all the magic works. In fact, there's a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere to the Steel Yard that makes the unknown seem somehow less intimidating.

APRIL 27, 2006

ProJo - Gala Write-Up (pdf) - Short article about our 2006 Gala

APRIL 1, 2006

Molding Minds (pdf) A Times article + lots of pictures of students working at the Steel Yard

NOVEMBER 1, 2005

Divine Providence - Interior Design Magazine, by Meaghan O'Neill.

Providence's small scale (population 176,000) has fostered a cohesive community. Furniture designer Daniel Michalik, who specializes in cork, takes advantage of the local boatbuilding industry for fabrication. "We all trade skills," he says. "I designed a friend's studio. He built my Web site." Likewise, a referral network has cropped up. "In the past week, the Steel Yard's received seven or so inquiries, seeing if we had people here who could help build some tables, a sign for a new building, and a decorative fireplace screen," says Rockefeller, who also cofounded the Monohassett Mill Project, a live-work space adjacent to the Steel Yard.

Read the full article here.


Campus Connection - Art Bus Write-Up (pdf) - Brief shout-out to the Steel Yard as one of Providence's "hippest and most community-oriented art space"

SEPTEMBER 13, 2005

National Register (pdf) - Providence Steel and Iron listed on National Register of Historic Sites

JULY 1, 2005

ProJo - Zone of their Own (pdf) Providence artists lobbied for a tax-free zone to make their work...later they would have the Steel Yard!

APRIL 24, 2005

Steel Yard sparks new interest (pdf) - Providence Journal article by Bill Van Siclen

APRIL 25, 2005

The Steel Yard – A blog on Connect Providence, by Peter Eiermann

APRIL 2005

Iron Men (pdf) - Rhode Island Monthly article by Stephanie Adams

JANUARY 20, 2005

ProJo - Art Scene by Bill Van Siclen (pdf) Review of the The Steel Yard's exhibition, "On Site'' at RISD's Woods-Gerry Gallery

NOVEMBER 5 , 2004

The new fight for Providence's mills – Converting industrial buildings into housing threatens to eliminate a surprisingly robust source of jobs and small businesses. Providence Phoenix Article by Robin Amer. Visit the Phoenix's website for full article.

NOVEMBER 4, 2004

Iron and steel meet artistic zeal (pdf) - Providence Journal Article by Greg Smith.

OCTOBER 4, 2004

Phoenix - Weekly Write-Up (pdf) - Our first press!
















Downtown 2011 (pdf) - New trash cans in downtown Providence!

FALL 2010

ICS News (pdf) - Read about the garden the Steel Yard has been helping furnish at the International Charter School.

JUNE 2010

Woonsocket Bike Racks (pdf) - "Really Cool" public art

APRIL 8, 2010

Provisionary Providence (pdf) - Some of our pubic projects are described in detail in this article

MARCH 10, 2010

Kate Lacouture - Childrens Garden (pdf) Kate Lacouture gives us a shout-out in her interview with Children's Garden Network


Valley Breeze - Better Biking (pdf) - Modern Art bicycle racks for Woonsocket

APRIL 29, 2009

Nice Cans (pdf) - Hope Street trash cans featured in the Stimulus Times

SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

A Playground Appears in Elmwood (pdf) An article from the ProJo about a community effort to install a new playground in Elmwood

AUGUST 8, 2008

ProJo - Downtown Providence is in Bloom (pdf) - Our steel planters beautify downtown Providence


Community Info Kiosks (pdf) - Downtown information kiosks get writen up

MAY 2008

Downtown Kiosks (pdf) - Downtown Kiosk waypoints featured in the Providence Journal

Designer Cans (pdf) - Smith Street trash cans features in the Providence Journal

JANUARY 8, 2008

Providence Journal - Aleppo Street Cans (pdf) - Aleppo Street trash cans featured in the Providence Journal

NOVEMBER 26, 2007

ProJo - Trash Can Truth (pdf) Lu Heintz responds to questions about the creation of trash cans for Olneyville

OCTOBER 16, 2007

Olneyville Trash (pdf) A Providence Journal article about the Steel Yard's custom trash cans for Olneyville

JULY 1, 2007

Downtown Kiosks (pdf) - Providence Business News' Article by Kevin Shalvey

JUNE 15, 2007

la Calle Broad (pdf) Spanish article in the ProJo about Broad Street's urban furniture from the Steel Yard

JUNE 2007

Steel Yard Spruces up Broad Street (pdf) - Broad Street trash cans writen up in the Providence Journal

ProJo - Recycling in Warren (pdf) Cans and bike racks in Warren encourage recycling in the community

Warren Recyclables (pdf) Another ProJo article about Warren's efforts to recycle


Bikes on Poles (pdf) - Riverside public art featured in Providence Monthly

JULY 2006

Custom Can Culture (pdf) - Public Project artists featured in the Agenda

Youth Programs Press


Olneyville Neighborhood News (pdf) Camp Metalhead builds composter for community garden in Olneyville

MAY 2006

Message of Steel (pdf) - Olneyville Kiosk featured in the Providence Journal

Courses Press

Check out our media page for an interview with program director, Dave Sharp.

Yardies Press

SEPTEMBER 20, 2009

Brown Daily Herald - Cooking Up Sculptures (pdf) - A bunch of Yardies and their projects at the Steel Yard are detailed in this very romantic article

A screaming came across the sky. It was the circular saw's squeal, settling into a ragged, mechanical snarl as it sliced through a steel rod, sending off a jet of orange sparks. There was the clank of metal hitting metal, the thud of a rusty gear dropped to the ground, the rattle of chicken wire and the bang of hammer on anvil. And there was the static buzz of the welding torch, muffled behind a canvas screen.


Rockefeller - Tar (pdf) - An article in TAR about Clay Rockefeller's philanthropic interests.


Young and Generous (pdf) - Clay Rockefeller and his projects get written up

JULY 2006