Create Something

Teens can flex their creative muscle and find their voice at WMCAT’s downtown arts and tech labs. 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 labs 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 Schools high school students and daytime residencies for any school or district.

These programs are supported by generous donors including:

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Idea Lab 2015

Pre-registration now open! Join WMCAT for Idea Lab 2015! This paid summer work experience will put you in the community, making a difference through art! Join one of our design thinking labs and experiment with activating public space through art. Maybe Read More...
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Video Game Lab

Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays Generously Sponsored by Open Systems Technologies and Atomic Object     Are you a gamer? Think you have a knack for creating your own video games. We agree! Join one of our Video Game Design Teams to learn Read More...
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Photo Lab

Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays A picture really is worth a thousand words — and we want to hear from you! Join one of our Photography Design Teams to explore different techniques, including film and digital. You’ll discover the dark room, create Read More...
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Audio/Video Lab

Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays Generously Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor Love movies and music? Join one of our Audio/Video Design Teams and experiment with equipment in our lab including turntables, audio production software as well as cameras and editing software. From Read More...
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Street Art Lab

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 Lab

Mondays and Wednesdays Generously Sponsored by X-Rite   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 Read More...
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Fashion Lab

Tuesdays/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, dying fabric, Read More...
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Ceramic Lab

Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays We want you to get your hands dirty! Join a Ceramics Design Team and work in our awesome ceramic studio. You’ll get the chance to use the wheel and hand-build original ceramic creations. Use your creativity and Read More...
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Leadership By Design

Mondays and Wednesdays Generously Sponsored by Consumers Energy This new design team is exploring leadership on a local and global stage. They are planning the first Global Youth Forum: Mapping Impact. Working with teams of teens from Mexico, Romania and Read More...
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Design Thinking Year 1 In Review

Wow! Look what our teens did last year In fall 2013 WMCAT introduced a new curriculum for our Teen Arts + Tech program grounded in design thinking — and boy did our teaching artists and students embrace it wholeheartedly! Design thinking Read More...
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Studio Lab Fridays

Fridays Open to teens currently enrolled in WMCAT Teen Art + Tech programs, our Studio Lab Fridays offer additional time to work on projects as well as Studio Lab Events and workshops. Inquire with WMCAT staff on how to sign-up. 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...