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About CATC

The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, a 501 (c) entity, was developed in 2003 and patterned after the Manchester Bidwell Center in Pittsburgh, founded by social entrepreneur Bill Strickland.

Our vision:

Transform at-risk teens into self-sufficient adults through learning that lasts a lifetime.

Our mission:

  • Unlock self-worth and potential of at-risk teens through the transformative power of art, a first-class environment and a character-building culture.
  • Equip at-risk teens with skills, credentials and pathways to employment.
  • Shepherd at-risk teens through high school and into sustainable success.

Core values:

  • Respect, dignity and worth
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion
  • Accountability
  • Consistency

CATC helps 400 students per year earn fine arts or elective credits needed to graduate on time. At no cost to the students and their families, we re-engage students with arts-based experiences.  An average 93% of CATC students graduate, year after year.

CATC offers five studio courses, designed to meet Ohio Department of Education visual arts standards, to Cincinnati Public Schools’ juniors, seniors, and overage underclassmen. The students work alongside  artists from the community in a guild model, earning credits toward graduation.

We also offer a rigorous workforce development program, Bridging the Gap, through which we help graduating seniors launch successful careers.

These results bring hope and opportunity, and increase the prosperity of young people, their current and future families, our neighborhoods and community.