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A Year-Round Media Intensive

Established by Squeaky Wheel in 2005, Buffalo Youth Media Institute works in partnership with the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology to build social capital through the cultivation of critical thinking and 21st century skills, such as innovation, digital literacy, and collaboration. Through videos, lectures, critiques and hands on demonstrations, youth producers work with Squeaky Wheel’s lead teaching instructors to learn digital production skills and create self-directed projects.

The program takes place throughout the school year at the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology, 1221 Main Street, Buffalo, Ny 14209, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from school dismissal to 6:00pm and is free for students attending Buffalo Public & Charter High Schools.

During the 6 week summer summer intensive, youth creatively explore different social and cultural issues and exhibit final works at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Works produced by the students of the Buffalo Youth Media Institute have been screened in over 30 national and international film festivals, earning numerous awards allowing the voices of young Buffalo creatives to be heard in and outside of their communities. 


Check out our project “A Long, Long Now”
produced in partnership with At&T and The Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology

In this hybrid documentary/science fiction film, students from the Buffalo Youth Media Institute explore the possibilities of technology and our future. The film is a combination of interviews with future thinking artists and elected officials, mixed with fantastical skits of machines that can cure the social, economic, or cultural ills of our communities.

Imagined as if it was found 300 years from today, A Long, Long Now is an artifact of its moment, encapsulating the hopes and fears we have of technologies as they impact and are impacted by issues in social equity.

The film features interviews with American Artist, Devin Hentz, Stacey Robinson, Sean Ryan, Phillip Sterns, and Crystal People-Stokes.

See what out students have to say!

Buffalo Youth Media Institute is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Squeaky Wheel’s Youth Arts Education Programming is also supported in part by grants and awards from the Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, City of Buffalo Cultural Funding, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Regional Economic Development Council, and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, as well as venue and exhibition support by Burchfield Penney Art Center.  We thank all our sponsors for their generosity.