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Strickland Selected for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Achievement Award


National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Selects Manchester Bidwell
Corporation CEO Bill Strickland for 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

Strickland joins a long list of international ceramics luminaries who have
impacted the field of ceramics arts education in an extraordinary way.

 – On March 30, 2012, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will present William E. “Bill” Strickland its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Strickland was nominated for his visionary approach to art, education and community development as founder of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC).

"Bill Strickland is a tireless and inspiring advocate for the arts, education,
community development and human dignity," said Patsy Cox, NCECA's President
Elect and chair of its Nominations Committee. “Bill's message integrates
concerns of personal, community, policy and economic development. His ability to
relay it with passion and authenticity through his book, Make the Impossible
Possible, and live appearances has expanded the vibrancy of ceramics and
relevancy of creation-centric learning," says Joshua Green, NCECA’s Executive

In 1968, Strickland founded MCG to provide local at-risk youth with the same
student-mentor relationship he had experienced with his teacher, Frank Ross.
What started as a small ceramics program on the North Side of Pittsburgh has
expanded to include three more art studios and serves approximately 400
Pittsburgh-area students a year. Additionally, Strickland oversees the
operations of Bidwell Training Center, which provides accredited and state
licensed career training to 200 adults in transition each year. Together, along
with social entrepreneurial initiatives like jazz concerts, orchid sales and
commercial real estate, the programs create the empowering educational
environment Strickland espouses as “the cure for spiritual cancer.”

“I’m especially honored to receive this award since I was nominated by two former MCG students, Sharif Bey and Marko Biddle. Sharif is now an Associate Professor of Leadership and Art Education at Syracuse University and Marko is a
Pittsburgh Public School teacher. This is confirmation that all the hard work and sacrifice needed to create and maintain MBC’s educational programming is worth it,” says Strickland.





For more information about Bill Strickland and Manchester Bidwell Corporation:
www.manchesterbidwell.org <http://www.manchesterbidwell.org>

For more information about the National Council on Education for the Ceramic
Arts: www.nceca.net <http://www.nceca.net>
About Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its subsidiaries, Manchester
Craftsmen's Guild, Bidwell Training Center, and National Center for Arts and
Technology. As President and CEO, Mr. Strickland's duties include developing and
implementing major fund-raising plans of action, working with Boards of
Directors and Industry Advisory Boards, and encouraging the participation of
corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations.
Mr. Strickland is also instrumental in the creation and maintenance of MBC's
operational affiliate centers in Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH, Grand Rapids, MI,
and San Francisco, CA. He holds a B.A., cum laude, in American History and
Foreign Relations from the University of Pittsburgh.

About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates
At Manchester Bidwell Corporation, we have a simple philosophy – environment
shapes people’s lives. By constructing an atmosphere of art, light, music and
supportive staff, we enable our students to become productive society members.
We do this through two programs: Bidwell Training Center provides accredited and
state licensed adult career training while Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Youth
& Arts program serves public school students by offering courses in our
ceramics, design, digital and photography studios. We are so confident in our
vision that we founded the National Center for Arts & Technology to create
similar educational environments across the nation … and the world!

About the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a dynamic organization
that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s
programs, exhibitions, publications, opportunities and resources inspire
advancement of the field. NCECA promotes and improves the ceramic arts through
education, community-building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers
programs, events and publications to support its membership of artists,
educators, students, individual and corporate art patrons, gallery owners,
museum curators and providers of ceramic arts-related products and services.

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