Youth Education—DMC Studio  

DMC Studio at MACLA

DMC Studio at MACLA

August 16 - December 22, 2017 | Ages 13-19

We encourage youth to engage in community dialogue, develop their artistic voice, innovate, and discover how art is used for social change. Stay up to date and follow our social media.

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DMC Studio presents 2017 SUMMER EP

DMC Studio presents 2017 SUMMER EP

All Ages

Learn how music is made in a professional recording studio! See what it takes to create genres of music like Hip Hop, R&B, Alternative Rock and more!

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Digital Music & Culture Studio at MACLA


Building upon a long history of neighborhood youth arts programming, MACLA teamed up in 2011 with The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and the Adobe Foundation to start the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy (PAYVA). This model enriched MACLA's original platform by increasing its regional and national visibility as well as providing additional resources for teaching, production, and performance. 

This year, continuing on the success of its three years as PAYVA, MACLA is pleased to launch the brand-new DMC Studio at MACLA. DMC Studio is a free arts education program in San Jose, CA, dedicated to mentoring Silicon Valley youth (ages 13-19) in 21st-century skill development through multimedia production. The highly selective, year-round program focuses on a range of disciplines, including professional video and sound production, visual and performing arts, and photography. Summer and after-school workshops range from individual to group-based projects and are taught by experienced industry professionals in a state-of-the-art studio environment. 

In addition, the studio provides youth with a venue for the exploration of relevant social, personal and community issues. It encourages youth to engage in community dialogue, develop their artistic voices, become cultural innovators, and discover how art is used for social change. Because of its latest digital technology offerings, a variety of workshops, and multidisciplinary, hands-on approach to digital literacy, DMC Studio provides youth with artistic, technical, and practical work skills and experience to prepare them for college and beyond.

Finally, and also building upon a long history of community arts engagement, DMC Studio is pleased to announce that it is open to digital media producers and artists with professional recording/filming studio needs. 

Students from any skill level are welcomed to join our program at any time during the year.

In person at MACLA or download our application 

Contact | (408) 998-2783 x 36

510 S. First Street, San José, CA 95113



2017 - 2018 Workshops

Summer Workshops

DMC Studio Dates Open:

Session 1

August 16 - December 22, 2017 (last day of instruction)

Session 2

January 8 - June 7, 2018 (last day of instruction)

DMC Studio Days and Times: 

Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:45 pm

Monday- Music Production and Spoken Word Poetry

Tuesday- Video Production

Wednesday- Music Production

Thursday- Digital Photography

Friday- Spoken Word Poetry

Open lab until June 8, 2018 then closed until summer program

Que Onda Potential Classes:

June 4 – June 22 (3 Week Class)

Class: Sound Jose: A Love Letter to My City

Music Production Class

Time: 1-5pm

Sound Jose: A Love Letter to My City asks “What Do You Love About Your City?”In this session, students collect sounds, stories and ambient noise from the community to create a musical love letter. The final music piece blends narration, beats and spoken word.

June 25 – July 13 (3 Week Class)

Class: Reel Talk

Video Production

Time: 1-5pm

Learn to produce a dynamic video short! In this video production class, Reel Talk, participants use video to create short stories on themes of importance within their local community. Participants receive experience with video production and video editing while using professional-level filmmaking gear and software.

*Youth participating in the session Sound Jose: A Love Letter to My City can take this opportunity to create a video for their newly completed music piece.


July 16 – August 3 (Paid Class/3 Week Class)

Class: Zine and Heard

Photographic Zine Production

Time: 1-5pm

Explore photography, journalism, and self-publishing in the digital age by making your own Zine. Discover Zines in this fun, collaborative class!

Students from any skill level are welcomed to join. Registration fee is only $25 per workshop

In person at MACLA or download our application 

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In the News

September 2011: EIF

July 2012: Adobe

April 2013:

October 2013: Knight Foundation

February 2014: Adobe Youth Voices

June 2014: Metroactive

April 2016: Knight Foundation

July 2016: Univision



Jan 8 - Jun 7, 2018

Join us for another exciting session of music, video, photography, and poetry workshops.




MACLA helped me find my inner sound and thanks to MACLA I'm the rapper I am today. -Gilberto "Giko Wave" Mendoza

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