Create Something

Teens can flex their creative muscle and find their voice at WMCAT’s teen art studios downtown. 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, interactive design, ceramics, fashion, claymation, textiles, comic + zine, street art, and music and video production. We offer after school programming for Grand Rapids Public high school students and daytime classes in partnership with Kentwood Public Schools and Kent Innovation High.

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! First Studio Smackdown sign up night Aug. 7 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 Read More...
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Believe to Become: Idea Lab Summer 2014

Join WMCAT this summer for Idea Lab! WMCAT is a Believe to Become summer high school site, giving Grand Rapids Public Schools teens the opportunity for summer employment and learning. Program runs June 23 – August 14. Mondays through Thursdays, 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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Graphic Design

Community Partners: Humane Society of West Michigan and West Michigan Environmental Action Council   Vinyl + Cat Toys Team: Riana Becton, Randy Trieu, Chris Douse Julio Duenez Bonnie Cazares, Trevon Love, Seqouia Heidenfeld, Dakota Lee, Domingo Lopez, Kam’ryn Patterson Discover: Many on Read More...
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Video Game

Community Partner Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Turtle Duck Studios Team: Zaquon Clemon, Malachai Jones, Leon Keely, Maeza Love, Kasey McNutt, George Miguel, Anja Pejalovic, Mikal Pichot, Michael Schardt, Earl Shepard   Discover: Friends of GR Parks visited our team at WMCAT several Read More...
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App Design

 Community Partner Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. App Design Team: Brown Imani Akbar, Takayla Brown, Carlos Calderon, Esvin Deleon, Viviana Farfan, Luke Gaines, Murtaza Mohammadali, Rae’guon Patterson, Shadaa Salazar, Delvon Trotter   Discover: Our team toured downtown Grand Rapids with staff from Downtown Grand Rapids Read More...
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Digital Photo

Community Partner: Blandford Nature Center A picture is worth a thousand words! Join the photography team to explore different techniques and discover the power of an image. Your team will have the exciting opportunity to work with a community partner and Read More...
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Alternative Photo

Community partner Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Faces and Places of GR Team:Janyxa Avalos Cassandra Avalos Jayden Bodziak Noemi Gonzalez A’layna Kelley Mercedes Ramos Diego Rodriquez Vasquez Cheilynn Rosario Andrew Scarbrough Keyontay Seymour Discover: As a team we took a walking tour Read More...
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Community Partners: LaughFest and Dwelling Place What’s So Funny Team: Corionna O’Neal, Shujaa Wright, Jimia Williams, Rae’Shonda Guyton, Jody Vo, Ross Potter Discover: We met up with Laura Melendez at Gilda’s Club to learn about the important work Gilds’s Club provides our community. Once LaughFest Read More...


Audio production team coming to WMCAT in fall 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
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Street Art

Community Partners: Dwelling Place and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks   Herkimer Mural Team: Derick Baker, Devante Barns, Gen-Dairec Buchanan, Kristhel Carias-Pena, Kayla Cooperwood, Britney Demarais, Chris Harris, Daniel Lopez, Alexia Rufus Discover: How might we create something that makes a positive impact in the local community? This was our mission Read More...
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Comic + Zine

A new design team for fall 2014. Stay tuned to learn how you can create published comics and zines, using your talent in illustration, layout and writing.


Community Partner Blandford Nature Center Natural Dynamic Design Team: Melanie Delacruz, Gabriel Hall, Marcial Hernandez-Freeman, Lakiya Hunter, Ariel Norder, Koleshia Seawood, Keloni Seawood-Walton, Markiesha Weaver   Discover: We went to Blandford to really learn about their mission and place in the community. Read More...


Community partner Family Promise Lifting Fireflies Team: Yesenia Bernal, Elisa Mena, George Miguel, Arianne Morgan-Jimmerson, Elijah Newton, Jason (Pyae) Thein Discover: We met with staff at Family Promise to learn about the needs of their families. We also explored textiles, Read More...


A new ceramic studio is coming to WMCAT for teens in fall 2014. Stay tuned to learn how you can join a design team that gets their hands dirty with clay!  
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Clay Animation

Clay Animation comes to WMCAT in fall 2014. Stay tuned for details on creating with clay and working as an animator.

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...