2020 Year-End Update

Though we’ve had to adapt our plans to open our new educational facility in Hazelwood, we’re still on our way to offering programming in 2021. See what we’ve been up to this year.


That’s the quick and dirty. But our organization does so much more. We inspire young welders to explore their creative expression through technical training, teamwork and collaboration, and character building.

Youth Programming

IAW will continue and expand upon the success of the Mobile Sculpture Workshop by providing a unique arts-driven experience to the youth of Pittsburgh. Students experiencing an arts education tend to have higher GPA’s and lower drop-out rates.

Workforce Development

Skilled welders are in growing demand in the region. The artistic programming of the IAW will expose students to potential careers in welding, fabrication, and technical fields. We anticipate partnering with local trade schools to help feed their pipeline for students.

Hazelwood Engagement

With a new workshop located in Hazelwood, IAW has the opportunity to serve as a permanent resource and hub for the community, helping to address the needs for access, professional arts exposure, and technical training programs.

Artist Resource

IAW intends to foster arts collaboration by inviting artists from across the country to share studio space in the Hazlewood facility, showcase their work, and assist in teaching their craft and skills to program participants, both youth and adults.