The National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) supports the national replication of the model for learning and community development created by the Manchester Bidwell organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Through its programs, the Manchester Bidwell organizations annually touch the lives of hundreds of adult career education students, thousands of public school students, and countless members of the community. Demand from cities throughout the nation has resulted in Manchester Bidwell creating a national replication strategy that will enable 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.
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 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. NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology opened in 2010.
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