Local Students Make Ornaments For National Christmas Tree

Posted at 1:32 PM, Nov 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-01 13:32:03-04

11-01-13 WMCAT students artGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The students from the West Michigan Center for Art and Technology are getting into the holiday spirit a little early this year for a very good reason.
They were chosen to represent Michigan on a national stage by designing ornaments that will be displayed in Washington DC.
The artists are students from the Teen Art program at WMCAT, a center that pairs working artists with teens and adults to teach teamwork, leadership and self-confidence through the arts.
The students were asked to design their ornament on what they thought reminded them of the holidays in Michigan. Together they collaborated on design ideas, worked together sketching and graphically designing their own ornaments.
The finished ornaments are then shipped to Washington DC where they will be placed on the Michigan state tree by the Parks Department and will be viewed by visitors from all over the world.
WMCAT would like to send all twelve teens to Washington DC to view their projects in person, if you would like to pay it forward and help the students get to DC you can donate to WMCAT through their web-site:
The National Tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 6th in Washington DC and the ornaments will be on display through the New Year.