The Steel Yard
In 2001, while pursuing a dual degree from Brown University in American Civilization and Visual Art (which he received in 2003), Clay Rockefeller teamed up with three other Providence, RI artists to purchase the Monohasset Mill. As nearby mill buildings were turned into a shopping center, Rockefeller and his partners pursued an alternative model for artist live/work space with a community-centered, affordable and sustainable approach. Currently, the project is entering its third phase, with 19 units already sold. Rockefeller is also a co-founder of the Steelyard, a non-profit organization that provides arts and technical training programs designed to increase opportunities for cultural and artistic expression, career-oriented training, and small business incubation in a revitalized steel yard.