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.
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.
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, 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.
Photography 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.
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.
Celebrating 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.
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773 | www.mcgyouthandarts.org
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.
We 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 www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.
Summer Studios for youth are now full. Thank you for your interest!
Photo booth images by the one and only Germaine Watkins.