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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.

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Simple Chemistry

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 4:13 PM

The combination of Manchester Bidwell Corporation's (MBC) two programs -- youth arts education and adult career training -- has proven successful in addressing the need to redefine local communities, families and support networks. I would like to share the following story of triumph from one of our adult students.

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Helping TJ Find His Voice

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 10:42 AM

By Paulo Nzambi

The MCG Youth & Arts design studio is a sight to behold: Lightweight sculptures hang from 20-foot ceilings, paintings and drawings adorn the walls, the metallic arms of silk-screening equipment gleam. On this particular day, students from a group home, bathed in the midmorning sun,...

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Hope Knows No Borders

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:42 PM

By: Bill Strickland

Everywhere in the world there are people whose lives, many times through no fault of their own, are a constant struggle. I have visited cities in the United States where unemployment is rampant and high school dropouts greatly outnumber graduates. I have toured Japan and met people...

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