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WMCAT adding ceramic programs for community
WMCAT adding ceramic programs for community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Teenagers will have a new space to create art, starting this summer.

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology has acquired ceramic studio equipment from the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, with plans to begin offering teen programming and community classes this summer. 

“Retaining this community resource in downtown Grand Rapids is so exciting,” said WMCAT executive director Kim Dabbs. “We are grateful to UICA and underwriting sponsor Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD) for working with us to ensure that teens, kids and adults continue to have the opportunity to create ceramics in an inspiring space.”

WMCAT plans to incorporate ceramic art lessons into its program for Grand Rapids Public Schools high school students, as well as offer classes and camps for all ages. The UICA is transforming the former ceramics space into the Art Commons to host adult classes, artist workshops, meetings, and exhibitions.

"I am delighted that the clay studio equipment will be used by GRPS students at WMCAT, just a few blocks away from UICA,” said UICA Executive Director Miranda Krajniak. “We're grateful for the opportunity to place the items in a great educational setting, and for the partnerships with KCAD and other organizations that made this possible."

WMCAT is looking for $4,000 more in donations to complete the acquisition.  Donations can be made at crowdrise.com/wmcatceramic.

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