Youth & Arts

The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) opened in May 2013 as an affiliate of the National Center for Arts and Technology and the Manchester-Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, BCAT is the first NCAT center to serve a rural community. The center serves Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, Cameron, McKean, Clarion, and Potter counties. BCAT was established to expose high school students to the arts and to provide job training to unemployed and underemployed adults at no cost to the students.


"A successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment."

"Create a world class center and you will produce world class citizens" 

-Bill Strickland, inspiration for BCAT and founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


BCAT's state-of-the-art ceramics studio is equipped with a slab roller, 14 Brent CXC pottery wheels, a wealth of hand-building tools, 2 electric kilns and a gas kiln. Our well-equipped raw materials lab allows our students to create an endless variety of clay and glazes in pursuit of their creative vision, all while learning the chemistry behind each mixture. The ceramics faculty includes varying resident artists and teaching artist Liana Agnew, who holds her BSE in Art Education and her BFA in ceramics from Edinboro University.


BCAT's metals program opened in 2015, allowing students to expand beyond ceramics in their artistic journey in our ATP program. The studio includes 14 jeweler's benches, a group work table, and various other stations fully equipped to fully meet students' needs in metal working. Students are also able to learn stone setting, enameling, and soldering, to name a few. The metals faculty includes teaching artist Melissa Lovingood, who holds an MFA in metals.


Opening officially in 2018, BCAT painting and 2D encompasses the wide span of 2D media, including drawing and painting.  Students are able to expand their skillset in drawing and painting a variety of subjects of their choosing. The 2D instructor, Youth and Arts Coordinator Claira Heitzenrater, holds an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University.


Our Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP) is an after-school fine arts program for high school students designed to educate and inspire any young person who has an interest in the arts and creative self-expression that comes at absolutely NO COST to the students or their families. Learning through the arts at BCAT connects students with a world of ideas and aspirations for life, higher education and careers. BCAT artists help students get a better understanding of the creative problem solving process. The staff mentor students to set individual artistic goals, and then guides each student through the making process.
The Apprenticeship Training Program includes courses in our state-of-the-art Ceramic and Metal Arts studios. BCAT's after-school program is offered during the school year, with summer programming available each June-July.

Who Can Participate?

Students in grades 9-12 from throughout the region are welcome to come create alongside professional artists.

When Is ATP?

ATP is scheduled to run Monday-Friday from 2:30–5:30 p.m. throughout the school year, with a few special events on weekends. Special events include college visits, visiting artist workshops, and exhibition receptions. Information regarding ATP cancellations due to weather or other factors will be posted to our social media pages.

How Can You Get Involved In ATP?

ATP has an open enrollment. Students may sign up for the program at any point in the school year. The after-school program is designed to be flexible and open for busy high school students. ATP does not have a maximum or minimum requirement of work hours for participation, though some minimum attendance requirements to attend field trips may be implemented (these requirements are noted on an individual basis, and parents will be notified when this information is necessary and available.)


2017-2018 Apprenticeship Training Program
9/5/17- 5/11
Monday- Friday 2:30-5:30
BCAT's ATP program follows the local school district's holiday schedule. Please check our Facebook page during inclement weather.


It is BCAT's goal to bring 6-10 artists from around the world into the region each academic year. The artists will come to the region to work with BCAT students, the surrounding school districts, and members of the community. Most artists will have a 5-week exhibition in our gallery. Some artists will also conduct workshops that are FREE and open to the public.


Our Resident Artist Program is for developing professional artists. Residencies last a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. BCAT provides housing and studio access to artists in exchange for 25 hours of work each week assisting the Youth and Arts programs. Artists are also given a solo exhibition in BCAT's gallery. Artists must have at least a BFA to apply; though strongly preferred, an MFA is not required for admission. For more information and applications for the resident artist program, please contact Youth and Arts Coordinator Claira Heitzenrater at




Office Hours

General Business (M-F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ATP After School (M-F) 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Art After Dark (select days) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Open Studios/Art After Dark (select days) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday CLOSED


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