There have been some great things happening here at WMCAT and various media outlets have taken notice. From Michigan RadioGrand Rapids Business Journal and Rapid Growth Media to WZZM and MLive, we have found our programs and students making headlines. To learn of some of the awesome things taking place at our organization, click on the links below.

Jamon Alexander Named WMCAT President + CEO

March 2021 – GRBJ highlights Jamon Alexander’s experience

March 2021 – WGVU describes Jamon Alexander’s dedication to the WMCAT mission

March 2020 – WOOD TV 8 captures 9th Annual iBall in photo gallery

March 2020 – GRBJ Change-Ups highlight iBall honorees and the hire of Gretchen Mousel

March 2020 – WMCAT, John Ball Zoo and Grandville Avenue of the Arts announce “PikaZoo”

February 2020 – WMCAT students earn high honors in art competition

February 2020 – Women’s Lifestyle shares iBall gala and interview with honoree

February 2020: FOX 17 covers announcement of WMCAT 20/20 event

February 2020 – GRBJ: WMCAT to host conference on prosperity

February 2020 – WMCAT announces WMCAT 20/20 conference

January 2020 – GRBJ highlights Jamon Alexander in Inside Track

January 2020 – REVUE shares event preview for 9th Annual iBall 

December 2019 – School News Network covers Girls for Change at WMCAT 

November 2019 – FOX 17 shares Step Year enrollment 

November 2019 – EightWest talks with WMCAT’s Brandy Arnold about Step Year enrollment

October 2019 – Workforce Development Director honored with ’40 under 40′ award in West Michigan

October 2019 – Jamon Alexander named ’40 under 40′ for third year by Grand Rapids Business Journal

September 2019 – The BBB of Western Michigan Awards WMCAT President + CEO with ‘Trust Award’

September 2019 – Daniel Williams awarded BBB Trust Award

September 2019 – WMCAT’s Daniel Williams talks to WGVU about his appointment from Governor

September 2019 – WMCAT holds enrollment information session for fall classes

August 2019 – WMCAT Opens Fall Enrollment for 15th Year of Programming

July 2019 – Cybersecurity experts live-hacking at the Cyber Hub at WMCAT

July 2019 – Reporter Jake Berent from WWMT Newschannel 3 is live via Facebook from the Purple Event

July 2019 – WOOD TV 8 covers cybersecurity event at WMCAT

July 2019 – WGVU Radio talks with the Cyber Hub at WMCAT about 7th Annual Purple Event 

July 2019 – MITechNews.com: Cybersecurity professionals to compete in live hacking competition 

June 2019 – Meet the new program training West Michigan’s professionals on cyber security threats 

June 2019 – Students create Pokémon trail at Blandford Nature Center 

May 2019 – WMCAT contributes to national study

May 2019 – FOX 17: Teens create Pokémon Go-Inspired Trail at Blandford Nature Center

April 2019 – School News Network covers former EPA official’s visit to WMCAT students

March 2019 – WOOD TV 8: Photo Gallery of iBall 2019

March 2019 – WMCAT’s own Amy Knape on FOX 17 sharing about iBall 2019 

March 2019 – WGVU Morning Show talks with Daniel Williams about WMCAT’s focus on equity and innovation in our community

December 2018 – WOTV’s Maranda highlights WMCAT project that promotes creativity at all ages

November 2018 – InCyberDefense highlights new cyber hub at WMCAT

October 2018 – WMCAT joins state push to focus on cybersecurity

October 2018 – New Hub On Michigan Cyber Range Opens in Grand Rapids

September 2018 – Rapid Growth: Program helps adult workers achieve living wage jobs and family stability

July 2018 — Grand Rapids Business Journal features Adult Career Training Program and Partners

June 2018 — Adult Career Training Program on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

May 2018 — Teen Fashion Show featured on eightWest

May 2018 — WMCAT Adult Program Director Jamon Alexander on Comcast Newsmakers

May 2018 — WMCAT receives $30,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts

May 2018 — Rhythm and Race Documentary Re-airs with Al Green Footage

May 2018 — Students’ film traces history, influence of Grand Rapids’ African-American music scene

May 2018 — Eight West talks with WMCAT and Comcast about “Rhythm and Race” screening

May 2018 — Student musicians take the stage at Pyramid Scheme

April 2018 — WMCAT Teaching Artist Mike Saunders and Teen Artist Cierra Barrera on Eight West

March 2018 — WMCAT Director of Social Enterprise Adam Weiler talks design thinking on Rapid Growth

March 2018 — Governor Snyder appoints WMCAT President and CEO Daniel Williams to broadband board

March 2018 — WMCAT’s Public Agency to facilitate GRPS Listening Tour

December 2017 — Better Business Bureau names Torch Award winners

October 2017 — ArtPrize winning installation features ceramics work of WMCAT teen artists and teaching artist

October 2017 — NEA funding and its impact on WMCAT featured on MLive 

August 2017 — New home on west side: Laying the Foundation event covered on WZZM 13

August 2017 — WMCAT’s Laying the Foundation for new building covered on MLive

August 2017 — Fox 17 covers Laying the Foundation event for new building

June 2017 — MLive promotes Pharm Tech and adult career training opportunities

May 2017 — The Rapidian spotlights summer camps for teens

May 2017 — Summer Camps at WMCAT featured on Fox 17

May 2017 — Teen Summer Art Camps featured on Eight West

May 2017 — Our teen-produced documentary on African American music featured on WOOD TV 8

April 2017 — Joining the Your Biz Your Town segment on The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin on WGVU

March 2017 — WOOD TV 8 covered iBall 2017 for their web site

March 2017 — iBall spotlight on WZZM 13

March 2017 — WMCAT’s iBall featured on Fox 17 Morning Mix

March 2017 — GRNow Covers Teen Documentary Premiere “Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids”

February 2017 — WMCAT Teaching Artist Mike Saunders on WGVU The Morning Show about new documentary

February 2017 — WMCAT Student Film Premiere in The Rapidian

January 2017 — MiBiz feature on WMCAT as one of best managed nonprofits

January 2017 — Rapid Growth outlines key development in 2017, including WMCAT’s new space on West Side

November 2016 — GivingTuesday spotlight on Fox17 

August 2016 — New teen mural in Wilcox Park featured on WZZM

July 2016 — Social Enterprise Manager Kirk Eklund in MiBiz

March 2016 — WMCAT Social Enterprise Ambrose profiled in NEU Magazine

February 2016 — Teaching Artist Mike Saunders featured on WYCE Catalyst Radio

October 2015 — WMCAT Executive Director on Comcast Newsmakers

October 2015 — Ambrose featured on Local First blog 

September 2015 — New WMCAT Executive Director Daniel Williams announced in GRBJ

July 2015 — WMCAT Executive Director Kim Dabbs to leave for Germany October 1; MLive

July 2015 – WMCAT Executive Director Kim Dabbs to leave; GRBJ’s Street Talk

June 2015 – WMCAT Named Nonprofit of the Year by GR Chamber of Commerce; coverage in GRBJ

May 2015 — Social Impact by Design feature by WMCAT teens and Kim Dabbs in NEU Magazine from GVSU

May 2015 — Social enterprise grant from Grand Rapids Community Foundation covered in MLive

May 2015 — WMCAT profiled in Stellafly

March 2015 — WGVU Radio profiles WMCAT and our 10th anniversary

February 2015 — iBall 2015 and our honorees profiled in MLive

February 2015 — WMCAT team on Fox 17 Morning Mix and Morning News to promote iBall 2015

February 2015 – Fox 17 promotes iBall 2015!

January 2015 – GRBJ covers WMCAT’s new Social Enterprise

January 2015 — Development Manager Amy Knape profiled in Rapid Growth Media

January 2015 — WMCAT’s Kim Dabbs part of international residency at Stanford covered in Grand Rapids Business Journal

December 2014 — Coverage of WMCAT’s NEA grant in the Grand Rapids Business Journal

December 2014 — WMCAT receives National Endowment for the Arts Award coverage on MLive

November 2014 — Kim Dabbs gives overview of WMCAT on Comcast Newsmakers

October 2014 — WMCAT grad Daniel Lopez featured on WGVU The Morning Show for his experience with Park Journeys

October 2014 — WMCAT grad Daniel Lopez’s trip to Washington DC with Park Journeys profiled on Michigan Radio

October 2014 — State Farm Youth Advisory Board Awards WMCAT national grant for service learning

October 2014 – New partnership with Ottawa Hills High School profiled in MLive

October 2014 – WMCAT Teen Program Director Becca Guyette talks video games on WGVU’s Tech Talk segment

September 2014 — Two-Generation Program Launch with New Staff covered in MLive

August 2014 — WMCAT Teaching Artist George Eberhardt profiled in Rapid Chat

August 2014 — Kim Dabbs and WMCAT profiled in UIX feature in Rapid Growth

July 2014 — WMCAT’s Pharmacy Tech program sponsored by Meijer Inc. seeking students MLive

July 2014 — Grand Rapids Business Journal covers WMCAT’s Pharmacy Tech partnership with Meijer Inc.

May 2014 — School Network News dives deep into Teen Arts + Tech Program as innovative model

May 2014 — Teen Arts + Tech Exhibit previewed on MLive

May 2014 — Teen Arts + Tech Exhibit previewed on The Rapidian

May 2014 — WMCAT a finalist for White House award covered by WOOD Radio and GRBJ

April 2014 — WMCAT design thinking model featured in Edutopia in blog by Kim Dabbs

April 2014 — Teen Program a finalist for WOOD TV Connecting with Community

March 2014 — Featured on Maranda Where You Live as a River Bank Run Charity Partner

March 2014 — Teen App Design Team’s work with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. featured on Michigan Radio

March 2014 — Executive Director Kim Dabbs discusses the digital divide in education on Michigan Radio’s Issues and Ale

March 2014 — WMCAT receives major grant for dual-generation program from Kellogg Foundation

February 2014 — WMCAT acquires UICA ceramic studio coverage in MLive and MiBiz

February 2014 — App Design Team featured in Rapid Growth

January 2014 — New board members listed in Grand Rapids Business Journal

January 2014 — Great profile on Teen Arts Program with photo gallery on MLive

December 2013 – MLive reports on state grants awarded to WMCAT and other arts organizations

November 2013 – WZZM and GRNow visit WMCAT to spotlight ornament project

November 2013 – WMCAT teens featured on Maranda Where You Live

October 2013 – Fox 17 talks to WMCAT teen artists about designing ornaments for tree in Washington DC

October 2013 – WZZM covers students making ornaments for Michigan’s Christmas tree in Washington DC

October 2013 – East Kentwood students visit WMCAT to begin our fourth year of this great daytime partnership

September 2013 – WMCAT helps launch Urban Innovation Exchange, an online publication focused on social innovation.

September 2013 – WMCAT Executive Director Kim Dabbs is featured in Kendall College of Art and Design’s Portfolio magazine.

August 2013 – WMCAT A Team member Keontay and his mom Keon featured on Michigan Radio sharing the importance of WMCAT and the arts in their lives

August 2013 – Executive Director Kim Dabbs a featured panelist in Rapid Growth Speaker Series on Arts Education

August 2013 – Executive Director Kim Dabbs recounts cultural road trip in blog post in Rapid Growth

July 2013 – Our Adult Program Manager Jennifer Owens featured on The WVGU Morning Show with Shelly Irwin.

June 2013 – An Interview with Kim Dabbs, our Executive Director, about what WMCAT means to her.

June 2013 – National artist, Trent Temple, visited WMCAT to work with our teen artists.

June 2013 – Rapid Growth Media talks about our new Teen Program Director, Becca, joining our team.

June 2013 – Close up of Board Member, Brian Cloyd and how he shows his passion for urban education through WMCAT.

March 2013 – One of our teen artists, Jason Bursley, was honored with a national medal from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

February 2013 – A video about the mission of WMCAT.

January 2013 – One of our teaching artists shares what WMCAT means to her.

December 2012 – Deck the Halls with your own National Christmas Tree Ornament

November 2012 – Inside Track: Creating a Culture of Opportunity for Students

November 2012 – Creating a Culture of Opportunity: Kim Dabbs in Rapid Growth