If you subscribe to the belief that environment shapes people’s lives, then you’ll be impressed with what happens at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center. Equally impressive, is the man who crafted this environment from clay and the formation of one thought…lives matter.
Meet Bill Strickland, a community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation based in Pittsburgh. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth through involvement with the arts and provides job training for adults, respectively.
1968, Strickland founded Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to bring arts education and mentorship to inner city youth in his neighborhood. The MCG Youth & Arts program, as it is now called, serves public school students by offering courses in ceramics, design, digital and photography studios.
In 1972, Strickland assumed leadership of a struggling building trade school located near Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Over the years, Bidwell Training Center evolved to offer programs in fields ranging from horticulture to medical. Currently, it is a nationally accredited and state licensed adult career training institution.
Bill believes that constructing an empowering atmosphere of art, light, music and a staff that strives to realize the genius in everyone, enables their students to become productive members of society.
Watch this power packed episode on Hustle & Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm and be inspired by Bill’s mission to change the world, one clay pot at a time.