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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.

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.

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.

Fall 2016 Family Night

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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Fall 2016 Family Night on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By attending, you will have the chance to see works of art created by MCG’s dedicated after-school students and to meet the staff that work with and inspire them daily. Refreshments will be served and our four studios (ceramics, photography, digital, and design) will host tours, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours this fall.

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 www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.

We hope to see you at MCG!

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.

See what we’re offering this fall in:

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.

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

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773 | www.mcgyouthandarts.org

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.

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