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This campaign is to help raise funds to open the Arc Academy, a welding school that focuses on teaching anyone and everyone welding and metal fabrication.
Michael Schab
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Chicago, Illinois
United States
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Short Summary

Would you or someone you know like to learn how to weld?

For the past three years Midwest Metalworks has been teaching people just like you how to weld. Our students learn the fundamentals of welding and are then allowed to openly use the shop to develop their basic fabrication skills. Now, we are raising funds in order to start Arc Academy.

Arc Academy will be a small welding and fabrication school for everyone that wants to learn this valuable skill. With your help, the funds will be used to purchase new welding and fabrication equipment, offer more courses, youth programs, and develop an interactive website with learning videos and live real time classes. But, we can’t do it without your help!

It is apparent that many people have forgotten how or were never taught to fix or make things for themselves. It seems the new mentality is to buy-it, trash-it, buy-it again. The craftsmanship that shaped our world is rapidly slipping away. You see it in our schools and in our culture. People are forgetting skills, like welding, that will be needed in our future.

Steve Christena is keeping the art alive at his little shop called Midwest Metalworks in Chicago, IL and now at Arc Academy. Steve has a passion for welding, art, and education. It is through this unique mix that Steve is able to convey his knowledge to individuals that would like to learn how to make and fix things on their own. He has been doing so for 15 years! But don’t take our word for it, check out what his students think at:


Arc Academy is meant to be a starting point for anyone interested in welding! It will be affordable and allows you to learn at your own pace with lots of resources to help guide you along the way. We hope that through this, we can take some of the mystery out of welding and show you that you too can weld and understand how it works in a friendly, safe, and fun environment.

Thank you in advance for your contributions and support!!!

What We Need & What You Get

‘Learn It. Weld It. Make It.’ is our motto. So help us,help you! The funds we raise will go directly towards building on top of the foundation that Midwest Metalworks has already created.

After we reach and exceed $30,000

Our breakdown is as follows:

1,200 for Indiegogo Fees

5,000 for perks fulfillment

2,000 for shipping perks

2,500 for website work, enabling online registrations, student login section

1,000 Marketing/Social Media

7,000 for Arc Academy Studio

12,500 for Arc Academy Equipment/Shop enhancement, Website and learning videos

The above breakdown is approximate, but we know that the more we raise, the more that the studio and shop will grow. In the future we hope to choose a new location for a custom built Arc Academy, but this will be a fantastic start.

In exchange for your support, we have a great set of perks, including hats, t-shirts, hoodies, and more. For those near Chicago,  are also offering classes in some of the perks for you to check out Arc Academy yourself. See the perks section to choose your level of support.

The Impact

We hope to become the educational opportunity to help fill the void where the teaching of trades in schools has been cut. We would like to demystify welding and increase awareness of how this skill can help, not only hobbyists, but younger generations.

Other Ways You Can Help

Sometimes you can’t contribute, but that doesn't mean that you can’t help! Please spread the word and share the campaign with your friends, family, and even strangers through the Indiegogo sharing tools above. Thanks for your support.



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$30,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on November 19, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Website Thank You!

    At this level we will thank you personally on our website!

    1 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $5USD

    At this level, you will receive an Arc Academy Sticker!

    1 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Baseball Cap

    At this level, you will receive a Baseball cap we designed with the Arc Academy logo on the front, and our website on the back.

    7 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD

    At this level, you will receive a T-shirt from the Arc Academy!

    9 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD

    At this level you will receive an Arc Academy Hoodie!

    3 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $200USD
    The Scholar

    In this package, you will learn to weld with Steve Christena, the lead instructor at the Arc Academy. Upon completion of the welding course (which will take place at the Arc Academy Chicago), you will receive an Arc Academy hat, as well as Steve's book that comes out later this year. Steve will also sign it personally upon completion of the class.

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $300USD
    Garage Jacket

    At this level, you will receive a garage jacket from the Arc Academy as well as access to our Behind the Scenes footage.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $400USD
    Schwag Bag

    At this level, you will receive a sticker, a baseball cap, a winter hat, a T-shirt, a hoodie and access to our Behind the Scenes footage.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Class Begins

    At this level, you will receive a starter kit of welding equipment (mask, jacket, gloves, beanie), a class in welding basics with Stephen Christena personally, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap from the Arc Academy. Also included is access to our Behind the Scenes.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    All Star

    At this level, you will receive stickers, a baseball cap, T-shirt, winter hat, hoodie, welding starter kit (mask, jacket, gloves, beanie), a class with Steve personally, an autographed copy of Steves book when it comes later this year, Access to behind the Scenes footage.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10,000USD
    The Event

    After the school is open with all the new machines in place, you and nine others will be one of the first groups to launch Arc Academy! From 10am to 3pm your group will learn to weld and fabricate on all new equipment. At 12:30 we’ll break to have a catered lunch. Each person in the group will receive a hat and tshirt to commemorate their experience. After the class, we will venture to the local watering hole for cocktails to talk shop.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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