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The Reel Teens: Pittsburgh

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MCG Youth & Arts was recently featured on The Reel Teens: Pittsburgh. Our segment begins around 19 minutes in.

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Photo 101

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Photo101 - Phtoo by Tyell EleamPhotography 101 features dynamic images from first and second year students participating in the MCG Youth and Arts photography program. These high-school students engaged in both traditional film photography as well as digital photography. Students had the opportunity to experience pinhole, 35mm, 2 ¼ , and 4×5 film cameras, as well as professional digital SLR cameras. The exhibition runs from April 21 through June 23, 2017 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on April 21st from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

The exhibition runs from Friday, January 20 – April 14, 2017 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on January 20th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

2017 Summer Studios

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MCG Youth & Arts summer course guide coverMCG Youth & Arts is offering an exciting opportunity for Pittsburgh area youth (grades 5-12) to create art in our world-class facility. Use state of the art equipment and professional-grade materials to create one of a kind works of art in our ceramics, photography, design, and digital art studios, June 26 – August 4, 2017.

Program Offerings

Middle School
Three two-week sessions for students 10-13 years old, Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm. Students will work in three of our four studios every day, creating a variety of projects. Click here for details.

High School
Three two-week sessions for students 14-18 years old, Monday-Friday 1pm – 4pm. Each two-week session is focused in one studio, with students spending three hours in digital, photo or ceramics.  Click here for details.

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SIX x ATE at MCG on March 30

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Created by former MCG Youth & Arts teaching artist Casey Droege for the 2013 Carnegie International Apartment Talks, this series of food, art, and lecture continues to create a more diverse conversation and stronger creative community in Pittsburgh.

For each event, the audience is invited to sit and enjoy five-minute presentations from six artists and a meal from one or several cuisiniers. All of the work presented or performed responds to the theme of the night. There are no formal Q & A’s or long-winded introductions, so guests spend most of the evening talking informally while eating and drinking. This relaxed environment encourages real connections, spurring future collaborations and forging new friendships.

Events are open to the public and tickets are always offered at various price points (including free) to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy this experience. SIX x ATE thrives because of the incredible support of our participants and volunteers.

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2017 MCG Invitational Submissions Now Being Accepted

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Photo by Dalia MaeroffStudent artwork submissions are now being accepted!

For more than 25 years, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has been a champion for youth, art and education in Pittsburgh.

Each year, MCG hosts an annual juried arts exhibition where talented students from Pittsburgh area schools compete for accolades and awards exceeding $100,000.

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Winter Family Night 2017

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Family Night 2017Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Winter 2017 Family Night on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By attending, you will have the chance to see works of art created by MCG’s dedicated after-school students and to meet the staff that work with and inspire them daily. Refreshments will be served and our four studios (ceramics, photography, digital, and design) will host tours, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours.

If you have any questions about the evening or our after-school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 Ext. 302. Visit us online at for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.

Profiles – Reception: January 20th

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Profiles - MCG Youth & Arts student photography exhibit.In December 2016, high school students at MCG Youth & Arts particpated in a three-day workshop with Xyza Cruz Bacani, an acclaimed international documentary photographer. Xyza grew up poor in the Philippines, and left home to work as a domestic worker in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. At night she engaged in her love of photography, and was eventually discovered and featured in the New York Times.

During the workshop the students focused on intent, message, and storytelling, improving their photography by implementing sequencing and editing techniques. This exhibit features their work, including documentary photography from their personal world, as well as portrait photography shot on location at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

The exhibition runs from Friday, January 20 – April 14, 2017 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on January 20th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Mary Tremonte: Soft Tough Power

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Mary Tremonte art printMary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh. A founding member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, she works with “printmaking in the expanded field,” including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist multiples such as queer scout badges. As DJ Mary Mack she strives to make safe(r) spaces on dance floors for embodying a body politic with pleasure. Mary has exhibited, presented lectures and workshops, and performed in Toronto, Pittsburgh, throughout the United States, and internationally. Formerly the youth programs coordinator at The Andy Warhol Museum, she values art education as a means of youth empowerment and social change. Through her work she aims to create temporary utopias and sustainable commons through pedagogy, collaboration, visual pleasure and serious fun.
She will be working with the MCG Youth & Arts students on screenprinting, both on mirrors and scarves. The theme of her visit and workshop are the messages of private and public consumption. Mary will hold a public reception and artist talk January 12 from 6-8 pm.
For more information on Mary, visit

Xyza Cruz Bacani: Modern Slavery

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Xyza Cruz Bacani was born in The Philippines, and like many Filipinos, she left her home country in search of economic opportunity. As a domestic worker in Hong Kong, Xyza (pronounced “sigh zah”) began taking photographs in her spare time. Her hobby quickly became a passion, both for the therapeutic effect it had on her, and because it awakened an innate drive for self expression.

Through social media, Xyza’s work began to catch the eye of the international photography community. Not only were her photos visually striking, and her story compelling, her subject matter was evocative. Her photos depicted the gritty beauty of city life, but from a viewpoint that encouraged sensitivity, not sensationalism.

Xyza Cruz Bacani, Photo by Jan Gonzales

Photo by Jan Gonzales

Though her employer was notably kindhearted—she lent Xyza the money for her first camera—many foreign domestic workers suffer countless abuses. Xyza’s work documents and exposes these conditions, and as she has grown as a photographer, so has her work. In addition to Hong Kong, she has recently photo-documented human trafficking in New York City and Abu Dhabi.

Her current exhibit, Modern Slavery, focuses on the struggles of foreign domestic workers, and the abuses they often suffer.

In 2015, Xyza was one of seven Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellows, a prestigious award that enabled her to visit the United States. In the same year she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World, and she’s currently an ambassador for Fujifilm.

Modern Slavery will be on exhibit at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild from October 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017. She will begin a workshop with MCG Youth & Arts high-school students on December 12, and there will be a public reception and artist talk on December 14. The event is free and open to the public. For updates, please visit the Facebook event page.

Gifts from the Guild – 2016 Holiday Arts Sale

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Gifts from the Guild, 2016 Holiday Arts SaleUnique handmade gifts  crafted by the talented MCG Youth & Arts staff and students!

Gifts From The Guild runs December 2–16, 2016. Visit weekdays between the hours of 11 am – 4 pm in the MCG Youth & Arts Ceramics Studio, and during special events such as art openings and concerts.

Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Proceeds Benefit MCG Youth & Arts programs.

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