Erie Center for Arts & Technology Announces Its Inception
Erie, PA —9/14/18 The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) announces its inception, introduces the Board of Directors, and is commencing an immediate search for a full-time executive director to help the new organization open its doors in 2019.
ECAT is a replication of the Pittsburgh-based Manchester Bidwell Corporation started by Bill Strickland to address the real challenges of poverty and despair through arts and training programs for disadvantaged high school students and adults. By using the visual arts as a tool of engagement and by providing training for gainful employment for adults, ECAT’s goal is to increase graduation and postsecondary education rates among Erie’s students and help unemployed and underemployed adults obtain life-changing careers, all at no cost to participants.
ECAT is a community based educational arts and career training organization that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult jobs training and creative youth programs.
Transforming minds and launching careers, the ECAT strives to realize the genius in everyone and enables youth and adults alike to become productive & successful members of society.
To start, ECAT will operate a digital
In 2015, Erie Regional Chamber’s Growth Partnership Committee raised the funds to conduct an initial feasibility study for a
About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the National Center for Arts & Technology
Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s supportive atmosphere of art, light
- Bidwell Training Center — the accredited and state licensed career training for adults-in-transition is focused on job placement.
- Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Youth & Arts — the out-of-school-time courses based in four art studios are for public school students.
- MCG Jazz — Preserving, promoting and presenting jazz music through a subscription concert series as well as archival and educational programming.
- The National Center for Arts & Technology — creating similar educational environments across the world!
About the Erie Regional Chamber
The ERCGP is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to attract, retain and expand business in the Erie region. More than 790 businesses currently belong to the ERCGP. For more information on the ERCGP, visit www.eriepa.com.