Community Engagement

Creativity doesn't happen it a vacuum—it thrives on human connection. 

More than a college, KCAD strives to be a conduit through which individuals, organizations, and communities can collaborate across the barriers that divide us and leverage the transformative power of creativity to not just envision a better future, but make it a reality. 

Learn more about some of our community engagement initiatives below, and contact us if you have an idea of your own you'd like to discuss. 

Wege Prize Student
Design Competition

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Organized by KCAD with support from The Wege Foundation, Wege Prize is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to accelerate the transition to a sustainable circular economy.

Wege Prize High School
Collaborative Studio

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Building on the successful framework of Wege Prize, the Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio is a free two-week program that gives West Michigan high school students the chance to collaboratively learn design thinking and creative problem solving strategies and employ them to envision solutions to real-world challenges faced by people in their own communities.