In 1997 Manchester Bidwell embarked on its first effort to replicate programs from the Pittsburgh model in the city of San Francisco, CA, resulting in the Bayview Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT). Operations began in 2003 at the Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center (CATC) and the most recent replication effort in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) opened its doors to the community in the fall of 2005.

National Center for Arts & Technology at a glance:
Overview National Center for Arts and Technology (NCAT) supports the national replication of
the model for learning and community development created by the Manchester Bidwell
Corporation.  NCAT is a replication strategy that facilitates the development of a significant number of arts and technology centers in communities across the United States. NCAT provides the opportunity to broaden Bill Strickland’s vision of creating healthy communities through culture and enterprise.
NCAT was incorporated in 2007 and is a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation.
Mission To impart the Manchester Bidwell Corporation educational model by catalyzing the creation of centers for Arts and Technology.

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Affiliated Centers for Arts & Technology

NCAT’s eight operational affiliates demonstrate the impact the model is already making in communities outside of Pittsburgh. Thousands of individuals have benefited from programming offered at these CATs. Each Center is modeled after the successful programs of MCG and BTC and adapted to fit the needs of each community. Our eight established centers are listed below.



The Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center opened its doors in 2003 to serve Cincinnati’s high-risk urban teens and unemployed/underserved urban adults. CATC has provided high school credits to over 1,800 at risk juniors and seniors from Cincinnati Public Schools.

Youth arts programs include web design, ceramics, and drawing.

CATC serves approximately 400 Cincinnati School District students at risk of not graduating on time.



BAYCAT offers classes—at no cost to the student—in film and TV production, motion graphics and animation, and graphic and web design to urban youth in San Francisco. BAYCAT’s enterprise, Studio BAYCAT, hires BAYCAT graduates to develop marketing materials for real world clients.

BAYCAT’s 5,000 square foot facility opened in the Fall of 2004.

BAYCAT serves between 300-400 students in the San Francisco area annually.

BAYCAT offers programs in graphic disciplines including: digital filmmaking, web/graphic design, and animation and motion graphics.



The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, located in downtown Grand Rapids, opened its doors in the fall of 2005. Since then, its renovated 8,477 square-foot facility has grown to 12,414 square feet. WMCAT serves an average of 275 students per year.

After school, in school, and special project youth programs include photography, digital arts, web design, and fine arts. WMCAT is serving students in grades 9 through 12 from the Grand Rapids School District, as well as students from public and private schools outside the district.

Adult programs are in medical billing, medical coding and pharmacy technology.

The renovation of the facility is considered a LEED (Leadership Environmental and Energy Design) certified building.


NewBridge —

The NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology is located in Cleveland’s midtown area on the Euclid corridor. Opened in November 2010, the center is 17,000 gross/15,350 net square feet.

Youth training is in ceramics, digital arts and photography.

Adult training is in phlebotomy and pharmacy technician.

Serves 100 youth and 50 adults with the goal to increase by 100 students annually.



CONNCAT’s 15,000 square foot facility in New Haven, CT opened in April 2012.

CONNCAT’s youth after school programs, design and digital arts, begin in the 2012–13 school year.

CONNCAT offers adult programs in medical coding and phlebotomy.



The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology is located in rural Brockway, Pennsylvania and opened on May 2013. The Center is 15,000 square feet and is housed in an old industrial facility.  BCAT launched two adult job-training programs: pharmacy technician and medical and electronic records assistant. The BCAT Youth Arts program consists of photography and digital design studios.



The New England Center for Arts and Technology is located in Boston, Massachusetts and opened in October 2013.  The Center is 17,000 square feet.  NECAT plans launched its Culinary Arts job-training classes in September 2013 and will roll out youth programs following completion of Phase 2 construction within the following 12 months. Plans are also underway for job-training in the medical sector.  An after-school Media Arts Program for high-school students will round out NECAT’s programming.



The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BATC) is located in the Midtown neighborhood of Buffalo, New York and opened in November 2013.  The Center is 15,000 square feet and is colocated with ArtSpace. BATC plans to launch its pharmacy technician and medical coding job-training classes and will roll out youth programs following completion of Phase 2 construction within the following 12 months.  An after-school Media Arts Program for high-school students will round out BATC’s programming.







Bill Strickland hopes to persuade 200 cities around the world to replicate his arts, education and job-training program. It’s late spring, and Bill Strickland is spending some quiet time in the ceramics studio at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, the art and job-training center he founded in Pittsburgh’s struggling Manchester area.

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