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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.

RADical Days 2016 – September 30th

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As part of Allegheny Regional Asset District’s RADical Days initiative, you are invited to experience Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Inspiring Makers exhibit, enjoy live jazz music, gallery talks, MCG Jazz documentary clips, and more. Snacks will be available from Bidwell Training Center’s culinary students.
 Free admission 4:30–6:30 pm.

Inspiring Makers 2016

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InspiringMakers2016Inspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist-mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming. The exhibit runs 8/22/16 – 9/30/16.

Please join us for a public reception Friday, September 30 From 4:00 – 8:00 PM.

Yellowstone Revisited

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Yellowstone-poster2016Photography from MCG Youth & Arts high-school students who visited Yellowstone National Park.

The exhibition runs from Friday, September 23 through January 13 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on September 23rd from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Celebrating a Legacy: A Collection of Works by Women of Visions Inc.

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Women of VisionsCelebrating a Legacy: A Collection of Works by Women of Visions Inc. runs from July 5 through August 5, 2016. A public reception is scheduled for July 28th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating a Legacy is a collection of works by members of Women of Visions Inc., a non profit organization dedicated to the artwork created by women of the African diaspora.

Each work of art nurtures the roots of their heritage and captures their collective experiences on canvas, fiber, paper, and other media. The exhibition features the work of twenty four artists whose art has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Exhibited Artists:

Lynne Barrow
Jo-Anne Bates
Ruth Bedeian
Christine Bethea
Tina Brewer
Richena Brockinson
Brenda Brown
Delores Currin
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Celeta Hickman
Mayota Hill
Annette Jackson
Marica Jackson
Charlotte Ka
LaVerne Kemp
Christiane Leach
Gail Manker
Mary Martin
Harriette Meriwether
Njaimeh Njie
Altha Pittrell
Adrienne Powers
Ruth Richardson
Ruth Ward

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Come Together

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Students from Manchester Academic Charter School blended traditional and digital photo collage techniques at MCG Youth & Arts.

The exhibition runs from Friday, July 8th to September 16th at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on July 8th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Accomplishment 34

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Accomplishment 34We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Accomplishment 34 reception and Spring 2016 Family Night on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

By attending, you’ll have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s talented afterschool students, and you can meet our dedicated staff. Refreshments will be served and students will give artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this spring.

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.

Remake Learning Days

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Graphic for Remake Learning DaysJoin us Thursday, May 12 for a free Remake Learning event, 4:00-5:30 pm.

Tour Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a world-class youth arts education facility that teaches ceramics, photography, printmaking, laser engraving and 3D printing. Visitors will get an inside look at the world-renowned arts education model that is being replicated globally.

Participants will experience a “raku” firing in the Ceramics studio. This Americanized version of a centuries old Japanese firing process involves red hot pottery being drawn out of the fire and placed into a bin with combustible material. They will also see a demonstration of screen printing in the Design studio, which is one of the world’s most popular methods for printing on fabrics such as t-shirts, as well as for creating fine art prints the way legendary Pittsburgh-born artist Andy Warhold did. While supplies last, visitors will be able to take home examples of these crafts.

RSVP to Rose Mary Gubser via email or phone,, 412-323-4000 ext 302

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MCG Invitational – Join us this Thursday!

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MCG Invitational 2016 AdvertisementThe MCG Invitational is this Thursday, May 5th from 6-9 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and includes refreshments, live music, and an awards ceremony. Learn more at

Spring 2015-16 Enrollment

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2016 Spring ATP Course GuideThe dates for Spring 2016 after-school enrollment are March 30 – 31.

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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) from 3:00–5:30 p.m. Students will be introduced to MCG Youth & Arts, its teachers and the facilities. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for admission. Click here for more info.

Non-PPS students may register online for a fee. Please click here for online registration.

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