Industrial Art Program
The Hardy Center Industrial Art Program was developed to help instill in our children practical knowledge and capabilities in the areas of household and automobile repair & maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, electricity & masonry, and in sewing. Additionally, we introduce young people to the possibility of pursuing careers in the skilled trades industry.
One of the unfortunate consequences of the disintegration of inner-city families is that basic repair & maintenance skill sets are not passed down from father to son and mother to daughter, as in generations past. We hope to help remedy this situation with a summer long program designed to re-introduce these basic skills to our youth.
Children, ages 9-13, are selected to take part in a weekly hour-long class for a total of 10 weeks, as part of our summer camp session. The program exposes kids to the use of tools and basic skills needed to help maintain their homes & other possessions through a combination of classroom learning, demonstrations, field trips to construction sites, and hands-on activities.
Children actually build & complete a variety of projects, such as making step stools, book ends, shoe shine boxes, jewelry boxes, items of clothing, and more.
Ultimately, we hope to create a new generation of parents who will pass these skills on to their children.
We are in need of donations to help fund this project, as well as volunteer help in teaching classes at our facility. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of these children by contributing either time or resources, please go to our “JOIN US” page for further information on how you can get involved.