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A Year-Round Media Intensive

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.

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 summer, students explore facets of Greater Buffalo behind the lens of a camera and exhibit final works at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The summer program takes place in July & August, Monday through Friday from 1:00-5:00pm at the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology. Participating students must make a two month commitment to participate in this intensive media arts education program.


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), The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Regional Economic Development Council, and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.  We thank all our sponsors for their generosity.