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  1. MBC resumes on-site operations with safety guidelines in place

    As on-site operations resume, Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has taken significant measures to help ensure the health and safety of staff, students and visitors on our campus. The protocols and plans set forth will continue to be updated, revised or rescinded, as needed, as conditions change. Together, these measures will help protect our community from exposure to COVID–19.

    Safety Guidelines & Procedures

    We have worked diligently to develop and implement comprehensive safety guidelines and procedures for the resumption of on-site operations that align with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expectations and standards.

    Stopping the Spread of Germs

    While on MBC’s campus, all staff, students and visitors must adhere to the following:

    • CDC-approved face masks that cover the nose and mouth are mandatory and are to be worn at all times while on MBC’s campus. If a person does not have a mask, our Human Resources office will provide them with one.
    • Staff, students and visitors must employ social distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people as much as feasible in all areas of MBC’s campus including classrooms, hallways, restrooms and common areas.
    • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the buildings that are a part of MBC’s campus. The stations are to be used as needed and hand-washing for at least 20 seconds is also encouraged throughout the day.

    General Operational Changes

    • MBC wants to remain welcoming to those interested in our work while ensuring the safety and security of our staff and students. We are currently conducting tours by appointment only with a limited number of visitors allowed. All visitors must adhere to our safety guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Those interested in booking tours should contact:

    Taylor Fife, Digital Marketing Specialist

    412-323-4000, ext. 195 or tfife@manchesterbidwell.org

    • Bidwell Training Center will not be conducting in-person information sessions our tours of their facilities at this time. Their informational session has moved to an online format.
    • MCG Jazz’s box office is operating remotely. They have also rescheduled spring concerts for the fall and have created an interactive, digital brochure for their new season.
    • MCG Youth & Arts will hold this year’s summer studio sessions virtually and this year’s MCG Invitational took place online. There are currently no artist exhibitions on display at our facilities.
    • The Drew Mathieson Center is offering contact-less pickup.

    Cleaning Procedures

    MBC’s programs and departments conducting in-person operations are committed to cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas frequently. Employees are also encouraged to disinfect their workspaces every day once arriving to work and before leaving.

    Protecting our Employees

    In the event of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, administration will be informed immediately. Administration will implement a response plan which includes the following:

    • Securing and decontaminating the affected areas by:
      • Closing off areas visited by the person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19;
      • Opening outside doors and windows and using ventilation fans to circulate air in the area;
      • Waiting at least 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting the affected area;
      • Cleaning and disinfecting all shared areas such as offices, bathrooms, break rooms and shared electronic equipment (i.e., tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls);
    • Identifying employees who were in close contact (within about 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptom onset to the time at which the patient isolated.
      • If any employee who was in close contact remains asymptomatic, the employees should adhere to the practices set out by the CDC in its April 8, 2020 Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practice for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19;
      • If the affected employee becomes sick during the workday, the person will be sent home immediately. Surfaces in the employee’s workspace will be cleaned and disinfected. Information on other employees who had contact with the ill employee during the time the employee had symptoms and 48 hours prior to symptoms will be compiled. Others at the workplace with close contact within 6 feet of the employee during this time are considered exposed;
      • Employees who were in close contacts of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the business premises will be promptly notified, consistent with applicable confidentiality laws.

    We are also helping our employees take care of not just their physical safety and well-being but also their mental health by providing them with resources.

    For More Information

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation cares about our community and is committed to providing the population we serve with helpful resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our resource page containing more health and safety tips, educational programming, student and patron relations and community welfare services.

    For any additional questions or concerns about MBC’s efforts related to COVID-19, please contact us.

  2. MBC closure extended to April 6

    In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s order, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates and programs will extend its closure with hopes to reopen April 6.

    We continue to ask all to please stay tuned to our websites, social media outlets, and emails as the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience during this time.

  3. Manchester Bidwell Corporation Temporary Closure

    Due to an abundance of caution and in concert with new state-wide guidance around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its affiliates and programs will be closed effective immediately. We will reopen March 23. Performances held at MBC will be postponed through March 31.

    While there has been no report of COVID-19 infection in Allegheny County at the moment, we are prudently going to deep clean and sanitize all common areas and offices to help slow the spread of the virus. While closed, no one is allowed in any of our facilities without the approval of MBC President & CEO Kevin Jenkins.

    During our closure, staff will still be compensated.

    For our students and patrons, you will receive specific communication from our affiliates and programs, but we want to provide you with some basic information. Bidwell Training Center students, all programs will be extended by the amount of time missed due to the closure. For MCG Youth & Arts students, our upcoming spring enrollment and trimester will be postponed, and a new date will be announced. For our MCG Jazz patrons, customers with tickets to performances in March will be contacted with information on exchanges, donations, and rescheduled dates.

    We will continue to stay in contact with appropriate officials and entities regarding any new guidance in slowing the spread of the virus. We ask that all staff, students, and stakeholders, stay tuned to our websites, social media channels, and emails for any changes to the current closure.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this time.

  4. Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology celebrates 15 years of advocating for increased minority representation in media

     

    Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) students at YouTube headquarters in 2016. Photo by Nadia Andreini.

     

    One of the early adopters of the Manchester Bidwell educational model celebrated 15 years of forging the future. The Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) has been helping end racism and sexism through storytelling.

    When the educational model is replicated in cities around the world, the National Center for Arts and Technology makes it a point to not bring Pittsburgh to another city but for each city to provide the services their community needs as long as the same foundational principles are installed. That is why no replication sites are the same but all work towards the same goal.

    BAYCAT is no different as its offerings are different than any other replication site. Their academy provides free, after school digital media education to low-income minority students ages 11–17. Their studio is the professional arm that provides socially driven storytelling work for large clients like the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, the National Parks Service, Salesforce, Pixar, and more. The BAYCAT studio trains and hires young, diverse interns ages 18–25 and then helps them find jobs at large companies and institutions.

    In the past 15 years, BAYCAT has had 4,250 students go through their academy and has helped launch more than 225 careers in filmmaking and storytelling.

    BAYCAT is focused on proving that representation in media matters. Only 12.6 percent of film directors are people of color while being 40 percent of the population. One reason for this gap is that most minority creatives can’t afford the expensive technology and schools to learn the skills needed in the industry. BAYCAT offers professional-standard tools and resources for filmmaking and graphic arts to its students for free. Seventy-eight percent of BAYCAT graduates are people of color and 58 percent are women.

    Eighty-two percent of BAYCAT graduates have been hired by major companies. Iman

    BAYCAT graduate Iman Rodney who is an Emmy-winning cinematographer for the San Francisco Giants. Photo courtesy of BAYCAT.

    Rodney started at BAYCAT at 13 years old as part of their free youth program and would continue there for four years. At 19, Rodney was hired part-time to work on a documentary for BAYCAT’s studio and eventually joined BAYCAT’s paid internship program. At 21, Rodney was hired by MLB’s San Francisco Giants’ broadcast team as an intern later working up to videographer and finally being promoted to his dream job of cinematographer. At 25, Rodney won his first Emmy award for “We Are Giants” and won two more Emmys the following year.

    In the span of 12 years, Rodney went from being a teenager with asthma due to living in a home in a toxic waste dump in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods and not having access to computers, tablets, or smart phones to an Emmy-winning cinematographer due to his time at BAYCAT.

    Over the next 15 years, BAYCAT wants to prove that when everyone sees themselves represented the world can be more beautiful.

  5. NCAT Welcomes New ECAT Executive Director

    Daria Devlin, executive director of Erie Center for Arts and Technology

    NCAT welcomes Daria Devlin as the new Executive Director to Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT). Devlin brings a great blend of experience in education, nonprofit fundraising and management expertise.

    Devlin is a life-long Erie resident and a strong advocate for social responsibility in its urban core. Devlin graduated from Colgate University in 1995 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies and History. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University. Devlin has over 10 years of nonprofit fundraising, program development and management experience. She played a major role in securing grant funding for many of Erie’s most prominent nonprofit projects including the Wayne School-Based Health Center, the Blue Coats Community-School Bridge, and Erie’s Community School pilot.

    In 2012, Devlin founded the Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools, a local education foundation dedicated to organizing financial and community support for Erie’s Public Schools. From 2013–2018, Devlin also served as the Coordinator of Grants and Community Relations for Erie’s Public Schools, where she was part of the leadership team that successfully secured a $14 million increase in state funding for the district after a three-year public awareness and advocacy campaign.

    Devlin is an active member of her church community where she serves as Secretary of the Parish Council and the Chairperson of the church’s annual Russian Troika Festival. She also volunteers at the Overflow Homeless Shelter and the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Devlin was named a Woman Making History in 2014, one of “Four Under Forty” by the Erie Times News in 2016, and Public Relations Person of the Year by the local chapter of the PRSA in 2017. She lives in Erie with her husband and her three sons.

  6. First Replication Site Celebrates 15 Years

     

    Ceramics at Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios.

    Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios (CATS), has a lot to celebrate after being open for 15 years.

    CATS was the first replication of the Manchester Bidwell educational model, and has served over 4,000 Cincinnati students in its 15 years through five art studios and a workforce development program that fills a costly gap between the supports available in high school and the traditional workforce programs designed for adults.

    The success is in the numbers. Over 90 percent of CATS students graduate high school and 89 percent of their young adults continue in their same job at least one year later, and over $500 million has been saved by enabling students to graduate.

  7. New Center Opening in Erie, PA

    Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) will become the 13th replication of the Manchester Bidwell educational model when it opens its doors in 2019.

    In September ECAT announced its inception, introduced their board of directors, and announced that it’s commencing an immediate search for a full time executive director.

    ECAT is a community based educational arts and career training organization that inspires, educates, and empowers people of all ages with jobs training and creative youth programs.

    ECAT will operate a digital arts program for high school students and a medical assistant training program for adults. The executive director will help ECAT secure a final location, develop programs, hire a qualified staff, and ultimately create an unparalleled environment for inspiration, education, and empowerment. The hope is to introduce several new programs for students and adults in the coming years.

    In 2015, Erie Regional Chamber’s Growth Partnership Committee raised the funds to do an initial feasibility study for a better trained work force.
    ECAT’s Board of Directors has been meeting regularly, and they are excited to be so close to establishing this new community asset which they believe is a perfect fit for Erie. They are actively looking to partner with other like-minded community organizations and play their part in making Erie a stronger city for everyone who lives in it.

  8. Hope Thrives in New Center in Sharon, PA

    HopeCAT students in front of the mural they painted on the side of the Reyers Store in Sharon, PA. Photo courtesy of Tom Roberts.

    The Hope Center for Arts and Technology (HopeCAT), a replication of the internationally regarded Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) education model, held its ribbon cutting ceremony in Sharon, PA on December 7, 2017.

    After breaking ground in March 2016, approximately 30,000 of the 45,000 square feet of what was once a dilapidated and abandoned elementary school was renovated into beautiful classrooms, galleries, and workspaces to serve the community throughout the region, with future renovation phases planned.

    “Thanks to creative collaborations with Penn State Shenango and regional organizations, we’ve been able to operate without a facility for the last two years,” said Tom Roberts, HopeCAT’s executive director. “This amazing facility captures the spirit of the other centers for arts and technology throughout the world and will allow ripples of hope to reach even farther than we can imagine.”

    The goal of the center—like the MBC model—is to place its adult career training students in life-changing careers and public high school youth arts program graduates in postsecondary education. HopeCAT is currently designing courses in partnership with the regional medical industry to help adults obtain long-term employment and will offer ceramics and digital arts to youth.

    “HopeCAT will be joining an affiliated network of centers reaching from Cleveland, OH to Buffalo, NY, from Brockway, PA to our original site in Pittsburgh as well as sites in New England, Michigan, California, and Akko, Israel,” said Bill Strickland, MBC President and CEO. “This center is an important piece in the expansion of access to the Manchester Bidwell education model for this area.”

  9. NCAT Welcomes New Project Manager

    Jeffrey Morris, NCAT project manager

    Jeffrey Morris, NCAT project manager

    NCAT is excited to introduce the newest member of its team, Jeffrey Morris.

    Prior to joining NCAT, Morris worked in performing arts production, management, and operations for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. Notable companies include Actors’ Equity Association (labor relations), ODC Theater (dance presenting), Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (community choral organization), the San Francisco Mime Troupe (political musical theater), The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (arts presenter), and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company (new works) to name a few.

    Morris holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Bachelor’s in Playwriting and Performing Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He enjoys spending as much time as possible traveling, exploring nature, and consuming art.