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© Michelle Smith Lewis

upcoming in person event! September 20-22, 2024 at the steel yard in providence Rhode island

The BIPOC Smiths Retreat is hosted by The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths’ BIPOC Cohort, a collective of independent artists who work in metal and identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color). Our hope is to further the work of the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths in supporting and promoting historically underrepresented populations. We believe in building community, creating fellowship, and raising visibility for BIPOC makers. We aim to do this through educational programming, in-person events, and exhibitions which highlight the diversity and innovation of the BIPOC maker community.

This event will be a gathering of BIPOC artists in the metal crafts that will be held September 20-22, 2024 at the Steel Yard in Providence Rhode Island. The goal of this event is to foster community building and information exchange through demonstrations, workshops, shared projects, exhibitions, and intentional time for attendees to connect. The full retreat is open to any BIPOC person currently working with metal or interested in engaging with this community. Exhibitions and demonstrations will be open to the general public. 

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How to participate


Support BIPOC smiths and make this event a huge success! Whether or not you plan to attend you can always show your support. Simply click the link below, follow the steps to donate, and check the "Make this a dedication to someone" box. Then write in "BIPOC smiths' retreat" and your money will go directly to support this event. Thank you!

join a planning committee

Want to be a part of making this event fun and enriching for all? Sign up for the mailing list to participate in planning and find a committee to join!

register to attend

Do you identify as a BIPOC smith? Would you like to learn and connect with your community? Register to attend the event here. We can't wait to meet you!

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