For Billie Beresford, the fashion design studio in WMCAT’s Teen Arts + Tech Program isn’t just a place to try new styles or experiment with color. It’s a space for self-expression.

Billie works on their project in WMCAT’s fashion design studio.

“I am very conscious of the way people perceive me,” said Billie, a third-year WMCAT teen artist. “Once I started experimenting and finding my style it just made a big difference in my mental health and my willingness to show who I was.”

Beyond building skills in fabric dyeing, pattern making, and garment construction, WMCAT is a place for Billie to belong. “We always share and embrace our differences and celebrate them.”

This includes their peers, but Teaching Artist John Cox plays a big part in that too. “From the moment I walked in, he made me feel welcome,” shared Billie.

When you support WMCAT, you provide a space for teens like Billie to build creative confidence and elevate their voice.

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Learn more about the Teen Arts + Tech Program by viewing the 2021 annual report.