Here is a fun project with multiple wins that includes WMCAT teen artists, Ambrose at WMCAT, and our neighbor, Bridge Street Market.

When you shop at Bridge Street Market, a Westside grocery, you will now see WMCAT-designed-and-printed reusable bags available at checkout.

Gabby, Kamryn, Jayla and Oscar presenting to Bridge Street Market leadership

Bridge Street Market partnered with our Teen Arts + Tech Program and our print shop, Ambrose at WMCAT, to create and print uniquely-designed bags that were dreamed up by three teen artists. WMCAT Teaching Artist Oscar Neri led students through a process that produced several options highlighting the Westside focus of the store.

“The market brought the idea to us and really put our students and the Ambrose team first during the whole process,” shared Trudy Ngo-Brown, director of arts + tech at WMCAT. “The teens were especially excited to be a part of a special community-facing project.”

Ambrose at WMCAT printing the first round of bags in October

Store leadership was so inspired by the multiple designs from the teen artists that they decided on a series of custom bags throughout the year.

“We love working with WMCAT and supporting their programming, shared Ken Bair, store manager at Bridge Street Market. “And this partnership is another exciting way that we can commit to the community and do right by our customers while exploring ways we can minimize our footprint.”

The project was a win-win-win-win (yes, four!):

  • Customers get sustainable products
  • Bridge Street Market reduces the use of plastic bags
  • Local teens gain real work experience
  • Each bag printed by Ambrose provides funds that go back into WMCAT

Head to Bridge Street Market to pick up a WMCAT reusable bag!