Idea Lab Launch
Working for Change
Coming soon! The launch of Idea Lab, a new endeavor that will fill this site with positive, impactful
stories by teens from West Michigan and beyond. Over the course of eight weeks this summer you
will see the urban teen voice take shape as a talented group of 50 high school students produce
interactive, compelling digital features here on elementalproject.org
We are the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) and we are committed to
providing a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives
and community. This summer we are empowering teens through Idea Lab as an extension of our
best-practice after school program in arts and technology.
Students from Grand Rapids Public Schools will receive two weeks training in one of the following
departments: Digital Operations, Photography, Illustration, Video or Reporter. After training teens
will start their work on a community news team gathering content and footage about positive
happenings in their neighborhoods and community. You’ll see their work right here!
Join us for the journey and be inspired. Check back in July for our first digital journalism features.