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What are the details for WMCAT 20/20?

More details for WMCAT 20/20: Exploring Conflicting Visions for the Future can be found in our FAQs list. If your questions are still not answered, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch!

How do I attend?

Check out all the details on our Attend page.

Who is organizing WMCAT 20/20: Exploring Conflicting Visions for the Future?

The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) is organizing WMCAT 20/20. WMCAT is a West Michigan-based nonprofit that was founded in 2005 and exists to provide a culture of opportunity for people to create social and economic progress in their lives and communities. WMCAT fulfills their mission through visual arts and tech engagement, workforce development and social enterprises.

What is included in the registration fee?

Registration for WMCAT 20/20 is $350 and includes eight months of learning and growing in community. Registered attendees will receive preparatory resources and a guiding framework for engagement at the end of October, with a monthly rhythm beginning in November:

  • Monthly virtual community meetings on the second Thursday from 12-1:30 pm with a featured keynote speaker, meaningful discussion, and announcements .
  • Pop-up breakout engagements each month – like panel discussions, performances, and guided conversations.
  • Monthly emailed resources and prompts for individual reflection and online community discussion at your own pace.
  • Participants will also receive a curated engagement kit during the series, with special treats and learning materials.

What methods of payment are available for registration?

You may pay your registration fee by credit card through our Attend page or request an invoice. If you would like to request an invoice or need to pay another way, please call or email Megan Lorenz at 616-454-7004 or megan.lorenz@wmcat.org.

Is there funding available to cover registration costs?

We want WMCAT 20/20 to be accessible and inclusive to all who wish to attend. If the registration cost is a hindrance to your participation, please don’t hesitate to request a reduced rate once public registration opens.

If you would like to discuss a payment plan please email Megan Lorenz at megan.lorenz@wmcat.org.

How do I become a sponsor of the event?

Your sponsorship of WMCAT 20/20 will create an innovative space for a diverse audience to advance community conversation around the pillars of personal and community prosperity, directly supporting WMCAT’s mission to provide equitable access to opportunity for families. Become a sponsor and learn more on our Sponsors page.

How was the content created?

Content for WMCAT 20/20 has been generated with the help of more than 50 diverse leaders from business, nonprofit, government, creative, and education fields.

Over the course of two meetings in early 2019, WMCAT facilitated intentional design sessions with many of these leaders to begin shaping the event. From there, we formed four community-led committees to generate relevant topics for each of the four WMCAT 20/20 tracks, with a fifth committee to plan activities that can further bring interesting and unusual intersections, unconventional social capital and accidental learning. These committees met three to four times over the course of three months, lending their expertise and passion to the creation of WMCAT 20/20.

Where will WMCAT 20/20 be held?

WMCAT 20/20 will be held virtually, with limited opportunities to engage in-person if appropriate and safe. Instructions for accessing monthly virtual community meetings will be communicated to registered participants, as well as any opportunities for in-person engagement and related health and safety guidelines.

What accessibility services are available?

When you register for the WMCAT 20/20, please let us know if you have an accessibility need. We are committed to meeting all accommodations and all abilities. Please contact Megan Lorenz at megan.lorenz@wmcat.org in advance with specific questions about what we will be able to provide.

What is the schedule for the event?

Registered attendees will receive preparatory resources and a guiding framework for engagement at the end of October, with a monthly rhythm beginning in November and continuing through May:

  • Monthly virtual community meetings on the second Thursday from 12-1:30 pm with a featured keynote speaker, meaningful discussion, and announcements. 
  • Pop-up breakout engagements each month – like panel discussions, performances, and guided conversations.
  • Monthly emailed resources and prompts for individual reflection and online community discussion at your own pace.

Speakers for monthly community meetings are being added and new announcements will be communicated with registered participants.

See the schedule here.

What if I only want to attend a couple of community meetings or opt-out of extra breakout engagements?

In order to make the most of relationship-building and conversation for all attendees, it is requested that you fully commit to the 8 months for WMCAT 20/20; selective registration is not available.

What is the cancellation policy for registration?

Refunds are not available for cancellations, but registrations are transferable if necessary. Please contact Megan Lorenz at megan.lorenz@wmcat.org if you would like to transfer your registration to an identified individual.

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