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About CATS

The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios, 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.
  • Nurture at-risk teens through high school and into sustainable success.

Core values:

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

CATS 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 in learning, through the proven transformative power of arts-based experiences.  An average 93% of CATS students graduate, year after year.

CATS offers five studio courses, designed to meet Ohio Department of Education visual arts standards, to high school 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 increase the prosperity of at-risk young people, their current and future families and, thereby, our neighborhoods and community.