Youth Education—DMC Studio  

DMC Studio at MACLA

DMC Studio at MACLA

August 22 - December 21, 2018 | Ages 12-18

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

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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

2018 ¿Que Onda? Summer Workshops

For youth ages 13-18 years-old. All levels/skills welcome.


Register online at, over the phone at 408-998-2783, or in-person at the DMC Studio. Download our application 


Video Production - Reel Talk
June 18 – July 6, 2018, 1-5pm
A look at San José through the eyes of local youth as they focus on understanding their city and giving back to the community. $25 registration fee.

Sound Production - Love Notes to my City
July 9 – July 27, 2018, 1-5pm
MACLA participants will collect sound, stories, and ambient noise from the neighborhood to capture the vibrant and unique world of Downtown San José. $25 registration fee.

Zine Creation - Zine and Heard
July 30 – August 10, 2018, 1-5pm
With San José as the subject, students will write, edit, design, and produce a high quality digital zine. $250 registration fee.


Some scholarships available; contact for more information.


All courses take place at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana at 510 South 1st Street, San José, CA, 95113.

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September 2011: EIF

July 2012: Adobe

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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.




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