AB&I Foundry hosts Fuego Leadership Program students
July 22, 2019
AB&I hosted 14 students from the Crucible’s Fuego Leadership Program on July 18th. The Crucible is a 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. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial art education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances. With the generous support of faculty, donors, volunteers, students, staff, members, and the local community, The Crucible has grown to become the largest non-profit industrial arts education facility in the United States.
The Fuego Leadership Program is a youth leadership opportunity for high school students who are excited about deepening their technical industrial arts skills, learning leadership skills, and working as teacher assistants during The Crucible’s youth summer camps.
AB&I Plant Manager Rich Watson and Assistant Plant Manager Dale Darling were pleased to have the opportunity to take the students on a tour of the foundry. The students were anxious to see them pouring the iron which is always a favorite for visitors.
Over the years, AB&I has partnered with the Crucible by supporting their programs, their annual fundraiser and sponsoring their summer youth program t-shirts. Rich Watson will be working with Ian McDonald, one of the Fuego Youth Leaders and promising welder/artist/maker, to provide the materials he needs to complete his final exhibition project. Fuego Youth Leadership Coordinator received this feedback after the tour:
“Today I learned how pipes were made.”
“I thought it was just a simple-to-make object, but today I got insight into how complex the manufacturing process is.”
“Great appreciation for seeing how much effort and manpower it takes to make the objects that make our daily lives easier.”