Youth Education—DMC Studio  

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. 

DMC Studio Dates Open:

Session 1

August 22 - December 16, 2016 (last day of instruction)

Session 2

January 10 - June 9, 2017 (last day of instruction)

DMC Studio Days and Times: 

Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:45 pm

Monday- Music Recording

Tuesday- Music Production/ Instruction

Wednesday- Video Production/ Instruction

Thursday- Music Production/ Instruction

Friday- Spoken Word Poetry/ Instruction

Open lab until June 9, 2017 then closed until summer program


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 


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Contact | (408) 998-2783 x 36

510 S. First Street, San José, CA 95113



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

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