How do we learn?
Try. Fail. Try. Fail. Try. Try. Try.

Is persistence a muscle? It might be. For our students, the process of trying, failing, and ultimately learning to succeed helps them not only learn a trade but learn to be lifelong learners.


We believe in the power of lifelong learning.

NewBridge is a community-based social-emotional arts-infused after-school education program and workforce training center that addresses the needs of residents and youth who live in some of Cleveland’s most challenged neighborhoods. Our vision is a vibrant community living to its fullest educational and economic potential. As believers in the power of lifelong learning, we practice what we preach. By listening to our advisors, staff, community partners and students, we’re always learning too. Our programs and curriculum are dynamic and market-driven to give our students the skills they need to secure meaningful, good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

Building on a brilliant model

NewBridge is modeled after Pittsburgh’s highly successful Manchester Bidwell — an internationally recognized arts and education center founded by the renowned innovator and MacArthur fellow, Bill Strickland. Bill has spent the past thirty years transforming the lives of thousand of people through Manchester Bidwell. He’s shown countless others how they can build on their passions and strengths in order to dream bigger, set the bar higher, and achieve meaningful success.

“That's the power of art. Art is a bridge. It connects you to a wider world, to a broader experience. I don’t expect a bunch of poor kids from the streets to become overnight aficionados because they see a pretty picture, but don’t try to tell me that exposure to the arts doesn’t have the power to change a human being.” —Bill Strickland, Founder, Manchester Bidwell

Board of Directors

  • Stephen A. Caviness

    Team NEO
  • Jason Drake

    Vice-Chairman of the Board
    Dan T. Moore Company
  • Roger Frank

    Little Jacket
  • Heather Frutig

    Frutig Consultants
  • Richard Gibson

    Elizabeth Baptist Church
  • John Gilbert

    Huntington National Bank
  • Ron Goldfarb

    Goldfarb Weber Creative
  • Eric Gordon

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Oliver (Pudge) Henkel

    Director for Life
    Retired, Cleveland Clinic
  • Robbin Hudson

    Chairman of the Board
    United Black Fund
  • David D. Legeay

  • Dave Lupyan

    Lupyan & Associates
  • Michelle Medina

    Cleveland Clinic
  • Anne E. Nelson

    Cleveland State University
  • Grafton Nunes

    Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Laritsa Ortiz

    Eaton Corporation
  • Ronn Richard

    Cleveland Foundation
  • Greg Sanker

    Treasurer of the Board
  • Kim Shelnick

    University Hospitals
  • Jason Smith

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Bill Strickland

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation
  • Jeffrey R. Vlasek

    Secretary of the Board
  • Rick Wilmot

    1848 Ventures
  • Dawn Wojnarowski

    J.P. Morgan


  • The Cleveland Foundation

  • KeyBank

  • Cleveland Clinic

  • Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation

  • University Hospitals

  • JP Morgan Chase Bank

  • United Way Greater Cleveland

  • Treu-Mart Fund

  • Fred A Lennon Foundation

  • Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

  • Leonard Kreiger Fund

  • Payne Foundation

  • Ohio Arts Council

  • PNC

  • Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation

  • Rite Aid

  • Eaton Corporation

  • Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

  • MetroHealth System

  • Fifth Third Bank

Top 20 Sponsors since 2011


“It's super rewarding to see one's vision come to life. I believe everyone has the power to shape his or her own future. It's my great hope that more and more are given the tools and support necessary to reach for their dreams.” —Bill Strickland

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NewBridge Cleveland
3634 Euclid Ave, Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 867-9775


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