Manchester 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.
The dates for Winter 2015 after-school enrollment are December 9 – 10.
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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.
Inspiring 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
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.
Photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational public reception.
Photos from the May 6, 2015 MCG Invitational awards ceremony.
Check out these fun photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational photo booth.
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.
Please visit www.mcginvitational.org for more information.
Awards Ceremony and Reception – May 6
Submissions accepted March 1-31
Click here for Portfolio Submissions – Open to juniors and seniors, must include four pieces.
Click here for Teacher Submissions – Open to art teachers from participating schools. Each teacher may submit two pieces.
For more than 25 years, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has been a champion for youth, art and education in Pittsburgh. Historically, MCG has hosted an annual juried arts exhibition where talented students from Pittsburgh Public Schools competed for accolades and awards exceeding $100,000.
The fourth annual MCG Invitational continues this tradition of serving Pittsburgh area high-school students. By providing this opportunity, the MCG Invitational will highlight talent, reward achievement, and encourage hope among those who might otherwise be overlooked.
The MCG Invitational seeks to recognize excellence and extol achievement demonstrated by youth in urban and economically disadvantaged communities. By heralding these values, this exhibition will reward meritorious students with cash awards, prizes and post-secondary education scholarships.
Sorry, due to inclement weather, Family Night has been cancelled.
We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Winter 2015 Family Night on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
By attending you’ll have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s dedicated afterschool students and to meet the staff that works with and inspires them daily. Refreshments will be served and our four art making studios will host tours, demonstrations and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this winter.