High school senior Abby Siguenza-Zoleta envisions a future in which everyone has access to “the resources they deserve.” Beyond meeting a community’s basic needs, Abby believes people should have access to opportunities for creative expression — just like she experiences in WMCAT’s Teen Arts + Tech Program. 

Abby Siguenza-Zoleta is a high school senior in WMCAT’s Teen Arts + Tech Program.

Abby’s music journey has included self-taught and school-taught clarinet, piano, and guitar playing. But when she joined WMCAT’s music production studio, she gained new resources like a professional teaching artist, a group of peers to create music with, and state-of-the-art equipment. “I’ve never seen any of this equipment before, and I don’t think I ever would unless it was in college . . . so making use of it means a lot to me.” 

“I think of a world where museums are full of art crafted by Black and Brown artists, and movies are directed and bestselling books published by people whose voices need to be heard the most.”

Abby says her favorite thing about WMCAT’s music production studio is “the freedom we have to create.”

Abby’s songwriting is inspired by her hopes for the future and her own lived experience, like growing up in an immigrant family. For her, music is a tool for connecting with the people around her, processing her emotions, and amplifying her voice — and this is exactly what she hopes art can be for others. 

“Nobody should feel restricted from creating art or producing what they want to produce just because they don’t have the resources to do so. I hope there are more easily accessible studios for all kinds of art, like WMCAT.” 

Learn more at artstech.wmcat.org.