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.
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.