Create Something

Teens can flex their creative muscle and find their voice at WMCAT’s downtown arts and tech studios. High school students will use professional technology and learn a variety of amazing art and design skills in a team environment with professional artists.

Our studios include photography, video game design, ceramics, fashion, sculpture, comic + zine, street art, and audio and video production. We offer after school programming for Grand Rapids Public high school students and daytime residencies for any school or district.

These programs are supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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How to Enroll Fall 2014

Enroll for fall 2014! Next sign up event August 26 Students attending Grand Rapids Public high schools can join WMCAT’s after school teen arts program. Hang out in a cool space at WMCAT’s teen arts studios downtown. Make new friends Read More...
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Idea Lab Summer 2014

This summer 50 teens spent eight weeks working on community news teams throughout the city. They worked as writers, photographers, illustrators, and digital content managers to create packages about social impact and positive change in our community. Their work is Read More...
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Bring Your Class to WMCAT

Principals, teachers parents: WMCAT offers field trips, daytime classes and semester-long arts experiences for middle and high school classrooms throughout Kent County. Bring your students to WMCAT to create and learn in our dedicated, professionally-equipped studio spaces. Professional teaching artists Read More...
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Video Game

Tuesdays and Thursdays Are you a gamer? Think you have a knack for creating your own video games. We agree! Join the Video Game Design Team to learn how to create digital landscapes, characters and game boards. Using professional software, Read More...
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Mobile Game

Mondays and Wednesdays Got an app for that? Don’t wait for it to be developed, design your own mobile apps and games. The Mobile Game Design Team will seek and create solutions to community questions asked by you. You’ll learn Read More...
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Digital Photo

Mondays and Wednesdays Do you look at things a little differently? Do you see the nuances of color and light all around you? Share your talent as part of the Digital Photo Design Team. You’ll use the latest technology, including Read More...
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Alternative Photo

Tuesdays and Thursdays A picture really is worth a thousand words — and we want to hear from you! Join the Alternative Photography Design Team to explore different techniques, including film and digital. You’ll explore the dark room, create amazing Read More...
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Video

Mondays and Wednesdays Love movies? Interested in what happens behind the cameras? Join our Video Production Design Team to explore the art of film making. You’ll learn how to create original videos from start to finish, develop your own movie Read More...
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Audio

Tuesdays and Thursdays Love a good beat? Got a thing for mixing music? Join our new Audio Design Team this year. You’ll experiment with sound, learn how to mix, and find creative ways to use sound as art. Turntables are a Read More...
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Street Art

Tuesdays and Thursdays Take a walk around downtown or your neighborhood. Notice any cool murals or place-based art? Bring your creative touch to Grand Rapids with the Street Art Design Team. You’ll learn various techniques and public art movements as Read More...
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Comic + Zine

Mondays and Wednesdays Calling all doodlers and comic book aficionados! Join this design team to learn exciting techniques in drawing and illustration. As a team you’ll use your skills to produce original content, zines and comics that make a positive Read More...
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Fashion

Tuesdays and Thursdays Would you describe yourself as a fashionista or a trend-setter with an eye for design? Then we want your style on our Fashion Design Team. You’ll create one-of-a-kind fashions and costumes, while learning new techniques in sewing, Read More...
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Ceramics

Tuesdays and Thursdays We want you to get your hands dirty! Join our new Ceramics Design Team and work in our awesome ceramic studio, where you’ll learn what “throwing” means. You’ll get the chance to use the wheel and hand-build Read More...
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Sculpture

Mondays and Wednesdays Do you seem form, function and fun in every day items? Do you like to create with your hands and your mind? Join our new Sculpture Design Team to experiment with different materials and concepts in sculpture. Read More...
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Global Ambassadors

Stay tuned for details on a new Global Ambassadors opportunity for WMCAT teens during the 2014-15 school year.
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A Team

The A Team is WMCAT’s teen leadership council. Twelve amazing young people help guide our programming at WMCAT, create events for their peers and the community, and learn about and engage in leadership and service learning throughout the year. Here Read More...
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Design Thinking Year 1 In Review

Take a trip back to the 2013-14 school year In fall 2013 WMCAT introduced a new curriculum for our Teen Arts + Tech program that is based in design thinking — and boy did our teaching artists and students embrace Read More...