Last Monday, ASC Vice President of Education Barbara Ann Temple, Ph.D., joined leaders from across the country in Washington D.C. to celebrate and honor Bill Strickland.
Strickland, who was recognized by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), is the visionary founder of the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and National Center for Arts and Technology (NCAT) in Pittsburgh, Penn. Since 1972, Strickland has used the arts, education and community to empower and transform the lives of students.
His organizations’ youth development programs are based on the belief that environment shapes behavior. An average of 96% of students enrolled in MBC programs graduate from high school and 89% of those enrolled moved on to higher education.
“Over 300 people from around the country came to honor Bill and the extraordinary work he is doing,” said Temple, vice president, education. “It was exciting to see government recognizing social entrepreneurship and urban education.”
The day included a speech on the floor of the Senate from Casey acknowledging Strickland’s accomplishments in Pennsylvania and beyond. It also featured a panel discussion with non-profit and education leaders on the topic “Social Entrepreneurship.”
“To be in such a historic setting yesterday with people celebrating a man who really gets it was amazing,” Temple said.
Locally, Studio 345, supported by ASC and Mecklenburg County, is a replication site for Strickland’s NCAT. Open since October, Studio 345 has already enriched the lives of more than 100 students through the use of digital technology and multimedia.
Below is Casey’s Strickland floor speech.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–8hm6aoEd4&w=560&h=315]