Idea Lab Launch

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Idea Lab

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

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.