The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) was named a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Through a competitive process that included 360 nominations, 50 finalists were chosen from 47 states as exemplary arts and humanities-based programs for young people. The WMCAT Teen Arts + Tech Program was recognized for providing an engaging after school program to high school students from Grand Rapids Public Schools that is grounded in arts, technology, and civic engagement.

“We are extremely proud to be named a finalist for this prestigious national award,” said Kim Dabbs, WMCAT executive director. “Our teaching artists and talented teens deserve this recognition for their innovative work in affecting social change in our community through the arts. We look forward to sharing their work with the whole country.”

As a finalist, WMCAT will be listed in the 2014 NAHYP national publication and on their web site. In June winners will be announced and invited to a White House ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.