Manchester Bidwell Corporation is the parent company of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bidwell Training Center, and the National Center for Arts & Technology.
Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has a simple, three-part philosophy
- Every human being is an asset and every life is valuable;
- Environment shapes people’s lives; and
- Creativity fuels innovation
By constructing an empowering atmosphere of art, light, music and recruiting a staff that strives to realize the genius in everyone, MBC helps people of all ages to become productive members of society. MBC’s philosophy originated when, as a high-school student, MBC founder Bill Strickland met Pittsburgh Public High School art teacher Frank Ross. Ross mentored Strickland and helped to impress upon Strickland the power of art, education and community. Importantly, Ross also assisted Strickland in obtaining entrance to the University of Pittsburgh.