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Winter 2017 After School Enrollment

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Winter EnrollmentThe dates for Winter 2017 after-school enrollment are December 7 – 8.

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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.

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.

Fall 2016-2017 After School Enrollment

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Graphic showing icons for digital, design, photo, and ceramics.The dates for Fall 2016 after-school enrollment are September 8 – 9.

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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.

Summer Youth Registration is Full

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Summer Studios for youth are now full. Thank you for your interest!

2016 MCG Invitational Photo Booth Images

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Photo booth images by the one and only Germaine Watkins.

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.

Introducing: Tech Suite

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Tech Suite PostcardManchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Youth & Arts has redesigned its Digital Arts studio to include the Tech Suite, now equipped to support additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) and laser engraving/etching.

MCG Youth & Arts has partnered with industry professionals, such as Dr. Jeri Thompson and The Additive Project, to create new curriculum. ExOne, a global leader in additive manufacturing technology from nearby Irwin, PA, has also lent considerable time and resources to the project.

The space is exceptionally modern, yet reflects the timeless visual elements consistent throughout the Manchester Bidwell organization. Astorino, the architect-of-record for PNC Park, designed the Tech Suite; PJ Dick, one of the nation’s top 100 contractors, helped bring Astorino’s vision to life; And the state-of-the art design and construction is met with world-class woodwork created by renowned Pittsburgh artisan, Tadao Arimoto.

“Tech Suite gives me new ways to express myself, I’m able to turn my ideas into real products that can be used in everyday life.”
–Chanel, grade 12

While developing Tech Suite, MCG Youth & Arts staff members conducted considerable research, exploring local resources such as CMU CREATE Lab and Tech Shop, as well as, FABLab Mahtomedi, a highly lauded high-school program in Mahtomedi, MN, and Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. These visits not only highlighted the artistic possibilities and showcased the variety of available equipment; they helped solidify the notion that additive manufacturing is an important skill for young people to acquire, with real employment opportunities waiting.

“With the creation of Tech Suite, students are being given access to new media in an exciting era where art meets technology,” said Justin Mazzei, Director of MCG Youth & Arts. “In the coming years 3D printing will be a part of nearly every profession, including medical, engineering, transportation, manufacturing, and the arts. Gaining access to this technology in a world class facility is a game changer for the youth in our region, especially students from urban and economically challenged areas.”

Tech Suite would not be possible without the generous support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and the Grable Foundation.

Join us on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm for the formal unveiling of Tech Suite.

Inspiring Makers 2015

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InspiringMakers2015_600x600Inspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming.

August 10 – October 9, 2015.

Closing reception October 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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.

2015 MCG Invitational Reception Photos

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Photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational public reception.

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