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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.

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
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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.

Accomplishment 34

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Accomplishment 34We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Accomplishment 34 reception and Spring 2016 Family Night on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

By attending, you’ll have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s talented afterschool students, and you can meet our dedicated staff. Refreshments will be served and students will give artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this spring.

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

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.

Remake Learning Days

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Graphic for Remake Learning DaysJoin us Thursday, May 12 for a free Remake Learning event, 4:00-5:30 pm.

Tour Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a world-class youth arts education facility that teaches ceramics, photography, printmaking, laser engraving and 3D printing. Visitors will get an inside look at the world-renowned arts education model that is being replicated globally.

Participants will experience a “raku” firing in the Ceramics studio. This Americanized version of a centuries old Japanese firing process involves red hot pottery being drawn out of the fire and placed into a bin with combustible material. They will also see a demonstration of screen printing in the Design studio, which is one of the world’s most popular methods for printing on fabrics such as t-shirts, as well as for creating fine art prints the way legendary Pittsburgh-born artist Andy Warhold did. While supplies last, visitors will be able to take home examples of these crafts.

RSVP to Rose Mary Gubser via email or phone,, 412-323-4000 ext 302

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MCG Invitational – Join us this Thursday!

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MCG Invitational 2016 AdvertisementThe MCG Invitational is this Thursday, May 5th from 6-9 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and includes refreshments, live music, and an awards ceremony. Learn more at

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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