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Creating a Culture of Opportunity
Creating a Culture of Opportunity

Stephanie Doublestein

New WMCAT Executive Director Kim Dabbs believes mightily in the power of arts and technology to effect positive change in a community – so much so that she moved across the state to head up the organization.
Dabbs, a Grand Rapids native and Kendall College graduate, spent the last decade on the east side of the state. After earning a master’s degree in public administration from UM-Dearborn and working for the Detroit Zoo and Michigan Youth Arts, she found herself drawn back to Grand Rapids to lead West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and their unique approach to community change.
“Grand Rapids provides such an amazing opportunity to collaborate,” says Dabbs, who has been in her post just over two months. “The people here understand the value of collaboration. They can achieve things because change can happen rapidly. The infrastructure is already in place, so we’re able to fulfill our mission in a city this size in a very progressive and innovative way.”
WMCAT’s mission, broadly, is “to provide opportunities for people of all ages to seek, learn, and grow in an environment that will inspire hope...


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