Introducing Arivva

Pierce Center for Arts & Technology

Arivva seeks to transform lives. We start by providing visual arts programs for high school youth and post-secondary career training for local workers.

Important Notice about COVID-19:

Due to the COVID-19 disruptions, we are revising our visual arts classes and creating online opportunities. Watch this site to register for our Digital Photography course starting May 4th. A summer session is also in the works. For more info, email questions to info@arivva.org, or call/text Dan at 253-225-2175, or Delaney at 253-722-6420.

Stay safe and be well.

Arivva is a place of opportunity offering youth arts and adult workforce development programs.

Arivva is the first replication of the highly successful Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Washington State.

Our Mission

To transform Pierce County by connecting high school students and adults-in-transition to the opportunities and environment they need to build a better future for themselves, their families, and our community.

Our Vision

We envision a community that sees everyone as an asset, where problems become opportunities to create hope, respect, and belonging, and where every person has a pathway to success.

Our Philosophy

Environment shapes behavior
All people are assets
Creativity fuels enterprise

What We Do

Arivva seeks to transform lives. Our focus is on education and workforce development. We start by providing visual arts programs for high school youth and postsecondary career training for local workers.

But we don’t stop there.

We provide scholarships to all our students and remove barriers to access such as evidence of financial stability and prior achievement.

Arivva is a locally governed nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Washington. Arivva is linked with the National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) and an expanding network of centers across the U.S. to adapt the Manchester Bidwell model of empowering educational environments. 

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Arrive

Get here, show up, and reach for it. Arivva’s students, staff, partners, and friends alike come to Arivva with strengths, talents, and abilities. Everyone is an asset. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Achieve

Do, accomplish, and realize. Arivva is about making and reaching goals in a culture of respect and dignity. Nobody succeeds alone. When Arivva’s students succeed, we all succeed.

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Advance

Make progress, grow, and get ahead. With commitment comes learning and growth. At Arivva, together, we can make goals a reality. Then it’s time to celebrate and move on. Go for it!

Building on a brilliant model

Arivva 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.

Our Programs

No Cost, Full Commitment

All youth and adult programs are offered at no cost to any student. This includes tuition and supplies. We are grateful to the support of our donors who make this possible. We embed mentorship and personal development into our programs to set our students on a path to success.

Youth Arts for High School Students

Are you interested in the arts? Do you want to develop key social and leadership skills? Arivva partners with public high schools to provide after-school visual arts programs for local students in Parkland. After-school programs, coming soon! Check back here for more information.

Demand-driven Job Training

Arivva provides a second chance for our community’s unemployed, underemployed, and transitioning adult workers. We offer career training only for occupations that have strong demand in the local market. This allows workers to achieve financial self‐sufficiency with a living wage job.

Arivva is a place of hope and opportunity.

Arivva envisions a world‐class facility filled with cutting edge equipment and materials our students need to master the fields they are studying. We will surround them with art, plants, natural light, and beauty. Why? We believe that environment shapes behavior, so we are planning an incredible place to nurture the incredible people who walk through our doors.

We aim to open in Parkland in 2020. Keep an eye on this site for updated information.

Stay Up to Date.

Manchester Bidwell Corporation Annual Report

Manchester Bidwell Corporation Annual Report

We believe in the power of “mentorship, education, beauty, & hope!” Bill's model has made a profound impact across the country. To see an example of this model in action, check out the 2018-2019 Manchester Bidwell Corporation Annual Report!

MCG Motivates For A Brighter Future

MCG Motivates For A Brighter Future

Derrick Wallace, a Carrick High School graduate, admits he didn’t have much aspiration for his future before enrolling in Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) afterschool arts programming.

2020 Spring Registration is now Open!

Online Adult Ceramics Class

Monday, June 15, 2020, 5:30 PM –
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:30 PM

Virtual Photography Workshop

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 2:00 PM –
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 4:00 PM

These are no-contact classes, taking place entirely online using Zoom!

Connect With Us

For More Information,

Please contact Executive Director, Dr. Dan Bissonnette, at dan@arivva.org.

Pierce Center for Arts & Technology, dba Arivva

Corporate address: 618 North Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403
Send inquiries to info@arivva.org