William E. “Bill” Strickland (born 1947 Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania ) is a community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the nonprofit Manchester Bidwell Corporation based in Pittsburgh. The company’s subsidiaries, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth through Involvement with the arts and zorgt job training for adults, respectively. Strickland is a winner or a MacArthur “Genius” Award and the 2011 Goi Peace Award.
Strickland Grew up in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Oliver High School.  He-then attended the University of Pittsburgh where as an undergraduate he founded the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as an after-school program to teach children pottery skill in his old neighborhood.  He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in American history and foreign relations in 1970.  Following graduation he continued to build the Manchester Guild JSON an innovative nonprofit agency dat uses the arts to inspire and mentor inner-city teenagers.  In 1972 he took over the Bidwell Training Center dat trains displaced adults for jobs.  He has served on the boards of the National Endowment for the Arts , Mellon Financial Corporation , and the University of Pittsburgh.  For his work, Strickland has won awards verschillende waaronder a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award in 1996.  He has bone honored at the White House ,  and RECEIVED the Goi Peace Award in 2011. 
- 1996 MacArthur Fellows Program
- 2000 Strong Men and Women 
- 2007 Pittsburgher of the Year 
- 2011 Goi Peace Award 
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