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The Summer/Fall 2017 Weld to Work programs- Application deadline is Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The Steel Yard is excited to announce the release of the application to the Summer/Fall 2017 Weld to Work programs, application needs to be filled out and sent to the Steelyard by Monday August 7th.

As an overview: The Steel Yard is located just outside of Olneyville near Eagle Square. We are an industrial arts facility that runs welding-based job training programs among many other things. Our exploratory job-training program teaches up to 8 participants at a time the foundational welding and fabrication skills necessary to get a entry-level welding/fabrication/manufacturing job or to be better prepared for a more intensive educational program elsewhere. Participants practice these skills on creative-based real contracted work which will be installed into surrounding communities. Our program also has a heavy emphasis on the soft skills necessary to get and maintain any job including professionalism, timeliness, team work and self-reliance. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are paid a $100 stipend for their time and work (please note that participants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. in order to receive this stipend). While we cannot guarantee job placement after program completion, we do work hard to find jobs and other opportunities for those we can. We actively attempt hire qualified graduates as both short-term Teaching Assistants in our open enrollment department and fabricators for our Public Project department as well as encourage applicants to think about applying to positions at our many partner businesses and further educational programs.

This season we will be running two one-week long intensive programs on August 21st to August 25th and August 28th to September 1. Each week runs Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Applications for these programs are due by Monday August 7th. Once we receive the application we call every applicant for a brief phone interview. Participants are chosen based on need, their desire to make the most of the program, the quality of the phone interview and their ability to attend all day every day of the program. We can provide RIPTA bus passes for those who demonstrate need. Successful graduates will also be encouraged to apply to Weld to Work 2.0, which will be filled with successful graduates from these one-week programs. Weld to Work 2.0 will be held in October/November and will an opportunity for participants to work on more public projects, learn more industrial skills, go on tours of local industrial facilities and gain both a soft-skills certificate as well as an OSHA-10 certificate.

Participants must be 18 years old or older- For more information contact Margo Karoff-Hunger, Workforce Coordinator
at The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 at (phone ) 401-273-7101 and (fax) 401-273-7105 or visit www.thesteelyard.org

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NEFA Resources for Touring Artists and Organizations

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Providence, RI

To register:


Professional artists, cultural nonprofit staff, and creative workers of all kinds are invited to join representatives from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Led by Nicholas Medvescek, CreativeGround’s website administrator, and Daniela Plotkin, NEFA’s presenting and touring program coordinator, this workshop will explore ways that you can use CreativeGround as a resource for building an online presence as a touring artist and access powerful touring resources through NEFA’s performing arts grant programs including New England States Touring (NEST), and New England Dance Fund.

You’ll also learn how to use CreativeGround to:

  • Create a free public profile and promote yourself or your New England enterprise’s activities, connections, and services to a broad audience.
  • Find potential collaborators and resources in the New England cultural community.
  • Explore and quantify the creative spaces, enterprises, and artists at work in your community.

For more information about NEFA, visit http://www.nefa.org.

For more information about CreativeGround, visit www.creativeground.org.

For directions to Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), visit


The event meeting space is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.

Please contact Elena Calderón Patiño (401.222.9669) by July 17, if other accommodations are required.

Presented in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts


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