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Winter 2015-16 Enrollment

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MCG Youth & Arts Winter Course GuideThe 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.

Family Night – Fall 2015-16

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Family Night - Fall 2015-16We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Fall 2015 Family Night on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By attending, you will have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s dedicated after-school 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 us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours throughout the fall.

If you have any questions about the evening, or our after school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302. Visit us online at for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.

We hope to see you at MCG!

Gifts From The Guild – 2015 Holiday Arts Sale

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Gifts from the Guild, Holiday Arts & Crafts SaleGifts from the Guild, the MCG Youth & Arts annual holiday arts & crafts sale, will be held on December 4, 2015.

Please visit us Friday between 10 am and 9 pm (in the ceramics studio).

Proceeds benefit youth arts education.

Pixels To Particles: Brooks Oliver

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Pixels To Particles: Brooks OliverPixels To Particles: Brooks Oliver runs from October 26, 2015 through January 8, 2016. A public reception is scheduled for November 4th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Ceramic artist Brooks Oliver blends state of the art technology with traditional craft in an effort to blur the lines between craft, design, industry, and technology. He uses CAD programs and 3D printers to create prototypes that enable him to make molds and cast these forms in clay. By isolating, altering, and exploiting the necessary components that comprise a vessel, he attempts to provide new visions of utilitarian ceramic wares.

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

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:

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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