In December 2016, high school students at MCG Youth & Arts particpated in a three-day workshop with Xyza Cruz Bacani, an acclaimed international documentary photographer. Xyza grew up poor in the Philippines, and left home to work as a domestic worker in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. At night she engaged in her love of photography, and was eventually discovered and featured in the New York Times.
During the workshop the students focused on intent, message, and storytelling, improving their photography by implementing sequencing and editing techniques. This exhibit features their work, including documentary photography from their personal world, as well as portrait photography shot on location at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.
The exhibition runs from Friday, January 20 – April 14, 2017 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on January 20th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.
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.
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The 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.
Awards Ceremony and Reception – May 3, 2017
Submissions accepted Feb 20- Mar 19
Click here for Portfolio Submissions – Open to juniors and seniors, must include four pieces.
Click here for Teacher Submissions – Open to art teachers from participating schools. Each teacher may submit two pieces.
For more than 25 years, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has been a champion for youth, art and education in Pittsburgh. Historically, MCG has hosted an annual juried arts exhibition where talented students from Pittsburgh Public Schools competed for accolades and awards exceeding $100,000.
The sixth annual MCG Invitational continues this tradition of serving Pittsburgh area high-school students. By providing this opportunity, the MCG Invitational will highlight talent, reward achievement, and encourage hope among those who might otherwise be overlooked.
The MCG Invitational seeks to recognize excellence and extol achievement demonstrated by youth in urban and economically disadvantaged communities. By heralding these values, this exhibition will reward meritorious students with cash awards, prizes and post-secondary education scholarships.
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.
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!