By Kim Leonard, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Innovators have long called Pittsburgh home. Here’s a look at 20 men and women whose contributions in science, medicine,
journalism and the arts resulted in significant change.
…Bill Strickland (1947 - )
The accomplished pottery maker has founded educational programs and centers that are being replicated in other
Strickland is the chief executive of the company that runs the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in the city’s North Side, a
center that he founded as an after school program in 1969 and that now teaches ceramics, photography and visual
arts to thousands of students each year. The craftsmen’s guild also hosts jazz performances that have included music
legends such as Nancy Wilson.
Strickland’s company also runs the local Bidwell Training Center, where culinary arts, chemistry, horticulture, medical and office career skills are taught. Students at the centers pay no tuition; donations support the programs….
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