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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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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.

Click here to download the course guide.

Click here to fill out the application form.

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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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.

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.

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.

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MCG Youth and Arts admits students of any race, sex, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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