Buffalo Youth Media Institute

The Buffalo Youth Media Institute, established in 2005, 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 instructor and Director of Education, Kevin Kline, to learn digital production skills and create self-directed projects.

Squeaky Wheel’s Youth Arts Education Programming is generously 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), The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Regional Economic Development Council, and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

Tech Arts for Girls

TechARTS for Girls (est. 1999) is a community action project that encourages girls from the city of Buffalo and Erie County to receive an affordable hands-on education in computers, technology and media literacy.

TechARTS for Girls has received generous support from Hodgson Russ LLP, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

West Side Studios

West Side Studios is a media arts education and workforce development program partnership between Squeaky Wheel and PUSH Buffalo that provides year-round, quality out-of-school opportunities for West Side residents ages 13-19.  Hands-on experience in digital media arts fine-tunes production skills and creates a pipeline to employment. Completed media artworks are exhibited at Grant Street Neighborhood Center, Squeaky Wheel and partnering venues, stations and festivals.

This program is made possible with support from The State of New York.

Tech Arts for Youth

Squeaky Wheel’s award winning youth programs are a perfect addition to your young creatives summer experience. Give them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and access to 21st Century skills and tools that empower them to own their mediated space.