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BCAT
The Artspace Building
1221 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: 716-259-1680

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What is BCAT?

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is based on Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a nationally recognized arts and training center founded in 1969 by Bill Strickland. Manchester Bidwell results indicate that 85% of adults who go through its program attain employment, and over 90% of high school students enrolled in its arts programs graduate from high school. Buffalo is the eighth U.S. city to replicate Strickland’s model.

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Eighty-five percent of adults who go through its program attain employment.
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Ninety percent of high school students enrolled in its arts programs graduate from high school

Our Mission

The mission of the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT), as part of Buffalo’s economic revitalization, is twofold:

  • To keep youth in school through high school completion so they are able to take advantage of the post-secondary opportunities the “Say Yes” scholarship program makes available to them. We do this by offering high-quality and high-tech arts instruction and studio space.
  • To assist unemployed or underemployed adults in securing jobs with wages sufficient to support a family. We accomplish this through NYS Education Department-approved training programs that will lead to jobs in the healthcare industry.