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RADical Days 2015

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Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.40.40 PMCelebrate RADical Days with MCG Youth & Arts on Thursday, October 1st. Groove to live music by Pittsburgh Jazz Legends at 6:30 pm! Watch previews of the PBS/MCG Jazz-produced documentary We Knew What We Had, presented by WQED-TV! Expand your creative horizons with MCG Youth & Arts demonstrations and hands-on projects! Eat desserts prepared by Bidwell Training Center’s culinary students!

Thanks to our media sponsor, WQED.

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Play by the Fire

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Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 1.51.34 PMMark your calendar for Saturday, September 19, 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Be a part of the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s first teen art night, open to anyone age 13 to 18.

Have fun, express yourself, try something new and connect with art and other young creative people. There will be art, food, music, and more! MCG will have staff and current students doing ceramics demonstrations.

Registration is $5. Learn more at:

Fall 2015-16 Enrollment

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Fall ATP Course GuideThe dates for Fall 2015 after-school enrollment are September 10 – 11.

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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.

Tomodachi Ties Through Taiko 2015

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Members of the Nihon Fukushi Daigaku Affiliation High School wadaiko club “Rakko” gave a performance for the staff and students at Manchester Bidwell Corporation on August 13, 2015. They were a part of the Tomodachi project in cooperation with Pittsburgh Taiko and the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania. These student musicians enjoyed art-making workshops with MCG Youth & Arts, as well as lunch provided by Bidwell Training Center.

One Northside Community Grant Meeting

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Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 5.03.27 PMManchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) has been invited to apply for The Sprout Fund’s One Northside Community Grant. Grants of up to $10,000 will support projects that benefit neighborhoods on the Northside by improving the quality of place, education, or employment.

As MCG gets ready to apply for this exciting opportunity, we need your help. We want to hear from people who live, work, and own businesses in the Northside to get your ideas for how we might use those funds to improve our outreach to eighth-grade students in the area.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh 15233. Refreshments will be provided. Please share this invitation with friends and family of the Northside community.

If you can attend, RSVP to Courtney McShea by calling 412-323-4000 extension 257 or emailing We hope to see you there!

Back to School Bash and Pittsburgh Maker Party

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bashpartyposterPart of the global Maker Party campaign that celebrates making and digital literacy, Pittsburgh’s own 3rd Annual Maker Party is joining forces with Encounter Church’s Back to School Bash to celebrate learning and get kids ready for fall on Saturday, August 8th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville!

Check out hands-on making stations where you’ll be able to try out activities bridging the arts and technology. Plus, many projects you can take home or work on virtually!

Enjoy a summer Saturday of making, music, and free food!

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2015 MCG Invitational Reception Photos

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Photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational public reception.

2015 MCG Invitational Awards Ceremony Photos

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Photos from the May 6, 2015 MCG Invitational awards ceremony.

2015 MCG Invitational Photo Booth

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Check out these fun photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational photo booth.

2015 MCGI Reception May 6th

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Click here to download the 2015 MCGI Exhibition Catalog (32 pages, PDF format).

The Fourth Annual MCG Invitational Will Award Nearly $200,000 In Prizes To Area Youth

PITTSBURGH, PA – April 20, 2015 — The fourth annual MCG Invitational continues celebrating the artistic achievements of Pittsburgh area high-school students. With over 80 students from 14 schools participating, there will be more than 200 pieces of art on display.

This year’s awards total nearly $200,000 thanks in large part to a generous full four-year scholarship from West Virginia University. Other scholarships include Robert Morris University, Chatham University, Carlow University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Winners of these prizes will need to attend the ceremony as the awards will be announced live on stage at the reception on Thursday May 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This catered event featuring live jazz music is free and open to the public.

Other sponsors of the MCG Invitational include UPMC Health Plan, Hunter Associates in Partnership with Clark Hunter Foundation, NOVA Chemicals, Schneider Downs Wealth Management, Eckert Seamans, and Dorothy L. Raizman, Esquire.

The exhibition runs from April 27 to May 8. Reception will be held at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

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