Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Sometimes, one person can single-handedly inspire another person’s path in life. For Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild founder and owner Bill Strickland, that person was his childhood pottery teacher, Frank Ross. Ross’ deep appreciation for art was all encompassing: he often brought jazz music to class for students to listen to, hosted dinners at his home––which was decorated in handwoven tapestries––and encouraged Strickland to continue building his art skills at the University of Pittsburgh.
The social inequities that troubled Strickland’s native North Side neighborhood motivated him to form the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as a way to inspire underprivileged kids to overcome trying times through art, the same way Ross did many years before. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild began in a small space in a residential row house before growing to encompass a 62,000-square-foot art emporium with an array of studios and classrooms, and a large auditorium where commissioned bowls of fruit strike poses for still-life portraits. The award-winning center lives up to its mission “to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts” with a bevy of after-school arts programs that teach critical thinking and help prepare students for futures in the art world.
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10+ sold$30 for Photography, Music, Pottery, or Sewing Workshop on March 14 or 28 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild ($60 Value)
80+ sold$30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Two Dates Available ($60 Value)
110+ sold$25 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Event at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild ($50 Value). Three Dates Available.