Saturday Cafe members testing projection mapping concepts in preparation for a project. 

Saturday Cafe is a no-cost experimental advanced-track youth media education project that provides students from our core community programs with challenging and engaging professional development and learning opportunities. Collaborative in nature, this student-led educational experience is co-created with the program’s primary mentors. Together they talk, work, create and experiment with technology and find new strategies to engage their surrounding communities with media art. Saturday Cafe is a keystone in our educational ecosystem, allowing young makers from multiple communities to collaborate in an equity-driven space of collaboration and community engagement.

The program consists of select students from our core educational programs Buffalo Youth Media Institute (est 2005), Tech Arts for Girls (est 1999), and West Side Studios (est 2015). Members are nominated by lead teaching artists or fellow peers based on their ability to add to a respectful and collaborative environment. Members are encouraged to be vocal, present, and willing to experiment with ideas and share them in respectful and generative ways. 

For more information about Saturday Cafe, please contact Martina LaVallo at

Join our Virtual Spring 2021 Session!


Past Exhibitions

SIMULATION: A virtual exhibition Image: Raymarri Hugh, SIMULATION (2020)
RUIN’D  an Exhibition of Systems of Failure- July 12 – August 10, 2019


Saturday Cafe 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 Wendy Pierce Simple Gifts Fund, 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.