Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — As businesses start to plan end-of-year and holiday activities, many seek an alternative to expensive or elaborate holiday parties: looking for a fun and inspiring team building experience. The Crucible, a 56,000-square-foot industrial arts facility in West Oakland, is gearing up for the season with hands-on workshops for corporate team building holiday and end of year events designed to fit every kind of organization, schedule and budget. Team building events can be scheduled any day of the week, from 2-hour mini workshops to a full-day Design & Build workshop.
“We’re excited to be gearing up for the holiday season, when we get a lot of corporate organizers looking for an experience instead of a standard holiday party. Many businesses now offer it as an end-of-year award to top performing divisions,” says Jennifer Harrity, Crucible Marketing Coordinator.
The Crucible can provide a group of colleagues with an equal footing in a unique, supportive and non-competitive environment. Crucible workshops are designed to inspire, encourage teamwork and add a fresh approach to problem solving. They foster collective problem solving and new ways to communicate through creativity.
Available skills offered in The Crucible’s team building workshops include blacksmithing, fire eating, glass blowing, foundry, neon, glass fusing, jewelry classes, woodworking and welding.
Groups have several choices of activities, starting with a 2-hour mini workshop to get a taste of one of The Crucible’s industrial art forms. The 3- to 4-hour half-day workshop gives groups time to complete a small personal piece or work together on a small group project, such as glass tiles. The 6-hour full-day workshop allows participants to work in multiple areas for individual or group projects that follow one of The Crucible’s designs, such as a table, coat rack, or chair. Teams can also choose a 6- to 8-hour custom Design & Build workshop where the group works in multiple areas to build a large collaborative project such as a sculpture, table, clock, control panel, or 3D logo sign.
The employees of Clif Bar recently held a successful glass fusing workshop where team members worked together to create a large glass tile of the company logo.
“We are very happy with our final product! It was really a great experience; even though we all worked on different parts of the project in different locations we had great conversation, lots of laughing and were anxious to see our finished product. We sent pictures around the office and everyone was very impressed with what can be done at The Crucible!” raved Demetria Tolefree of Clif Bar.
The Crucible can provide lunch and snacks for the team or an elegant wine-and-cheese reception following the workshop. A reception is a great way to end a day of hard work, and gives corporate teams a chance to unwind and discuss what they learned and experienced in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. A photographer can be booked to document the experience.
Mini workshops start as low as $800. Design & Build packages, including lunch and a wine-and-cheese art reception, start at $3,500.
The Headmaster of Bentley School, Rick Fitzgerald, exclaimed, ”The experience allowed us to bond around a shared experience and in a way that the ordinary day would never allow, providing an experience that confirmed our commitment as learners, as well as teachers. In short, this was the single best group professional development experience we have ever had.”
About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland. They offer imaginative and constructive Bay Area kids’ activities.
The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.