Saturday Cafe – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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Saturday Cafe

March 20, 2021 @ 1:30 pmJune 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm EDT

March 20–June 19, 2021
Wednesdays 5:30–6:30 pm & Saturdays 1:30–3:30 pm
Taking place on Zoom
Mentors: Kaitlyn Lowe and Mark Longolucco

Support Offered
– $250 project stipend
– Internet access waiver
– Access to Squeaky Wheel technology and support

Performance is part of everyday life. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are performing. Now that our lives and personas are entangled with virtual spaces, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand, through making, what the creative and technological possibilities of performance could be. Participants of Saturday Cafe will learn to create, write, and produce performance art pieces for virtual space in a fun, supportive and challenging environment. This session will cover artistic and technical areas such as poetry, spoken word, video and sound production, graphics, and live streaming.

Students will meet and learn from artists, be exposed to contemporary and historical examples in the field of virtual performance, and have chances to share and discuss examples of their own choosing. Explore the boundaries of what’s real and what’s performed. Discuss issues related to safety and ethical considerations underlying each. Learn to unpack mediated performances by creating your own!

Indigenous people, people of color, women, 2SLGBQTIA+ individuals, and young artists who face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply. We welcome questions regarding the types of access we can provide to youth with disabilities: please email Martina LaVallo Education Coordinator at

Who can participate?
Saturday Cafe is for Western New Yorkers ages 13–19.

What do I need to participate?
A computer or tablet with the ability to download Zoom, and run Adobe Creative Cloud.
All software used will be free and open-source or provided by Squeaky Wheel.
We have a limited number of laptops available for those who may need one, please email

How can I participate?
Simply by filling out our registration form (see below). If you need assistance filling out the registration form, please email

Why should I apply? 
– Do you want to express yourself by making videos, gifs, or poetry? 
– Do you love tinkering with programs and pushing the limits of how apps are “supposed to” function?  
– Are you excited about meeting cool artists to collaborate and who can show you what it’s like to be a working artist? 
Then this program is for you!

Registration is closed check back fall 2021


March 20, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EDT
June 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm EDT
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Buffalo, NY 14214 United States
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