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

  • Lora DiFranco - Advisory

    Little Jacket
  • Jason Drake

    Dan T. Moore Company
  • Heather Frutig

    Treasurer of the Board
    J.P. Morgan
  • Richard Gibson

    Elizabeth Baptist Church
  • Margie Glick - Advisory

    Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland
  • Ron Goldfarb

    Goldfarb Weber Creative
  • Eric Gordon

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Sarah Hendrickson

    The MetroHealth System
  • Oliver (Pudge) Henkel

    Retired, Cleveland Clinic
  • Robbin Hudson

    United Black Fund
  • David D. Legeay

    Chairman of the Board
    Hawthorn PNC
  • Dave Lupyan

    Lupyan & Associates
  • Carmella Mandeville

    Eaton Corporation
  • Grafton Nunes

    Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Brendan Patterson

    Cleveland Clinic
  • Ronn Richard

    Cleveland Foundation
  • Marvin Richards

    Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Agency
  • Greg Sanker

  • Kim Shelnick

    University Hospitals
  • Jason Smith

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Bill Strickland

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation
  • Jeffrey R. Vlasek

    Secretary of the Board
  • Betsy Vuillemot-Figgie

    Vice Chairman of the Board
    Your CFO Resource
  • Rick Wilmot

    1848 Ventures


  • 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

  • Bruening Foundation

  • MetroHealth System

  • Fowler Foundation

  • Prentiss Foundation

  • Higley Fund

  • Eaton Corp

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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