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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 & Technology Center uses arts-based programs, plus a unique teen-focused workforce development program, to help approximately 400 at-risk urban teens per year stay in school, graduate, and become self-sufficient adults.    

CATC integrates academic study, ancillary services, and five art studios: digital multi-media, 2D/drawing and painting, 3D/sculpture and glass, ceramics, and stained glass. 

Bridging the Gap, our rigorous workforce development program, trains urban teens for careers in sectors where there are skilled-worker shortages, such as health care, manufacturing and banking. Annually, 40 students are selected for the BTG program.

On average 93% of our seniors graduate each year, and 87% of those employed through BTG maintain their positions for 12 months or more. CATC continues to prove that lives can be turned around with the right kind of programming.  



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 its 11,000 square feet Center in October 2013 with Culinary Arts job-training classes.



The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is located at 1221 Main Street in the Midtown neighborhood of Buffalo. The Center is 15,000 square feet and collocated with Buffalo art lofts. The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology opened its doors in December 2013. Programming includes Medical Coding and Pharmacy Technician programs for adults and after school classes for youth in both digital and fine arts studios.

Spotlight on a Community Planning a New Center

ChiCAT – Chicago, IL

ChiCAT will be located at 1701 West 13th Street in Chicago, IL.

ChiCAT’s 26,000 square foot facility is slated to open in late 2016.

ChiCAT will offer adult programming in medical coding and after school programming for youth in digital and fine arts.

For more information about starting a center in your city, visit the NCAT website.

National Center for Arts & Technology

Communities in Planning

The planning phase is when communities fundraise for, build, and staff a new Center for Arts & Technology.

Denver, CO

Atlanta, GA

Chicago, IL

Sharon, PA

US Virgin Islands

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Akko, Israel