Studio 345

Studio 345 is a free, creative, out-of-school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school. Providing unique experiences for high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Studio 345 fosters a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Taught and mentored by professional working artists, students gain invaluable experiences enabling them to become creative risk-takers and craftsmen while growing emotionally, intellectually, and artistically.

A Proven Model

Inspired by Bill Strickland’s belief that environment shapes behavior, classes are held in contemporary studios and equipped with state-of-the-art technology and complimented with experiences in the community, workplace, and higher education. Since 1972, Manchester Bidwell, founded by Strickland, has attracted national attention for its youth development program.



2019 – 2020 Schedule

First Trimester

  • September 30, 2019: Trimester Begins
  • December 5, 2019: Celebration & Marketplace

Second Trimester 

  • January 6, 2020: Trimester Begins
  • March 12, 2020: Celebration & Marketplace

Third Trimester

  • April 20, 2020: Trimester Begins
  • June 4, 2020: Celebration & Marketplace | Graduation



Are you eligible? All Charlotte-Mecklenburg County School students in Grades 9-12 with an interest in digital crafts are welcome to place their names in the lottery system for the course(s) of their choice.

Funding & In-Kind Partners

AT&T | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools | Akers Foundation | Duke Energy | Mecklenburg County | Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation | Mecklenburg County Court District | Charlotte Area Transit System | Project L.I.F.T. | Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated | Publix

Contact Angela Grauel at 704-247-2386 or for general information about Studio 345 or details about enrollment.