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WMCAT students receive Scholastic Art Awards

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The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) entered student artwork into the Scholastic Art Awards and saw 28 of its students receive awards.  This is a significant accomplishment for students served by WMCAT’s mission of keeping urban teens in school by using art, technology and mentoring as tools for engagement.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7 - 12. Former winners include luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, and scores of others. Winning an award is a symbol of excellence. Over 100,000 entries from regions across the country are juried annually. In West Michigan over 800 works of art were submitted from high schools in subjects such as photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and graphic design. 
There are three award categories; Silver Key, Gold Key and American Visions. WMCAT had 12 Gold Key and 16 Silver Key winners. Gold Key and American Visions award winning work will be sent to New York City where a panel of nationally renowned artists, art professionals, and arts educators will adjudicate these works from across the country for national awards. If a student receives a national award it will be presented to them on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
WMCAT students will be recognized at a private family reception and publicly, with other West Michigan winners, at the National Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony at St. Cecilia's Music Society Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:00pm. 
WMCAT student artwork is currently on display at Kendall College. The 2011 exhibition began on January 6, 2011 and will conclude on January 30, 2011.
The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) provides high school students with an inspiring environment where each person can develop a lifelong advantage in critical thinking and problem-solving skills through art education.
In collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Schools and Kentwood Public Schools, WMCAT serves over 200 high school students annually through programs in black and white photography, digital film, web design, fiber art, digital photography and fine art.
In addition to serving youth, WMCAT also serves unemployed adults in in-demand health care career job training. 
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