Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a non-profit multi-discipline art, education and music organization that was founded in 1968 by Bill Strickland. It offers programs in ceramics, photography, digital arts, and painting to over 500 young people each year, as well as 3,400 additional students in the Pittsburgh inner-city school district. Ninety percent of the students receive high school diplomas, of which 85% go on to enroll in college or secondary education. Its programs also include MCG Jazz, MCG Youth, and the Denali Initiative. The space in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood of Manchester features a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery,classrooms and workshops. MCG Jazz hosts live musical performances, has a recording studio and maintains its own record label, which has won four Grammy Awards.
MCG’s Youth & Arts program strives to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts.