National Center for Arts & Technology

To elevate impoverished communities and inspire hope and achievement in youth and adults, the National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) helps communities to build Centers for Arts and Technology based on Bill Strickland’s highly successful Pittsburgh-based Manchester Bidwell educational model. Through NCAT, communities develop studio-arts-based education programs for middle- and high-school-age youth and career training programs for adults as well as social enterprise ventures to support operations. Most importantly, every Center for Arts and Technology helps to replicate Manchester Bidwell’s core philosophies: 1) environment shapes lives, 2) people are assets, not liabilities, and 3) creativity fuels enterprise.