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The Joel Fund and ShopSpace have come together to offer metalworking classes for the Operation ART Program. 

ShopSpace is a nonprofit focused on both education and providing an open workshop for the community. We cover a range of metalwork including forging, welding, and small metals. The community shop is open for participants to practice and work with a wide variety of tools not easily accessible for the backyard smith. ShopSpace’s partnership with The Joel Fund will focus on providing veterans with a series of classes focused on the techniques core to all forging with fire and anvil.


Operation ART classes are for active-duty military, veterans, and their families. The Joel Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing a connection to effective non-traditional services.