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Special Event

Art’scool Educators’ Night Out

With Guest Speaker Bill Strickland

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 4–6:30 pm

FREE for educators

Educators, please join us for an inspirational talk by Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, nationally recognized author of Make the Impossible Possible, and MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award recipient.

The Gallery and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will also announce a special contest with grants to support arts programs in schools. 

After the talk and announcement, enjoy a complimentary reception to celebrate the continuing success of the Art’scool K–12 school tours program.

Other highlights include:

  • A welcome from Alphonso O'Neil-White, President and CEO of HealthNow New York, Inc., and Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • A book signing by Bill Strickland after his talk

Admission and parking for this special event are free, but space is limited!
Rsvp to Lindsay Kranz at 716.270.8276 or by May 2, 2011.


About Bill Strickland

Inspired by his high school art teacher, Bill Strickland created the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, an after-school program focused on the arts, while still a college student at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1971, Strickland assumed leadership of Pittsburgh’s Bidwell Training Center, which helps young people and adults develop skills designed to make them competitive applicants in their local job market. Manchester Bidwell Corporation (the parent company of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Bidwell Training Center) has become a national model for education, culture, and hope.