Center for Arts-Inspired Learning becomes an official CENTER!


Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) is pleased to announce the launch of STEAM Saturdays—the first programming to be hosted in the new CAL headquarters in University Circle. The free hands-on STEAM workshops were developed for middle and high school students and emphasize the arts and individualized creative thinking within traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subject matter. Students participating in the 3-hour workshops will learn by doing—using software and new technology to work on projects and build upon skills from the previous week.

The STEAM Saturdays fall session is girls-only, featuring Her Ideas in Motion programming designed to reduce barriers that impact girls interested in STEM fields and to build a strong foundation in technology. Girls will learn directly from volunteer mentors working in the tech industry. The session runs from September 30 to December 9 and features three weeks of game design, three weeks of coding, and two weeks of photography. A co-ed spring session is scheduled for February through May and will offer workshops in film, stop motion animation, and coding.

“For the first time in our 64-year history we are truly a Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, marking a key step in the strategic evolution of our organization,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “It is with great excitement that we open our doors and offer free STEAM workshops to children and teens in Cleveland, while also engaging residents and community partners from the Glenville and Hough neighborhoods to identify their specific needs and work to provide impactful, relevant programs designed to best serve the children and families in our community.”

The new STEAM Saturdays program is part of CAL’s University Circle Community Connection (UC3) initiative, a grant-funded, multi-year plan to increase engagement with University Circle’s surrounding neighborhoods. A major component of the plan revolves around converting the first floor of CAL’s headquarters into a creative, 21st-century space to host on-site programming determined by the community. UC3 is supported by grants from The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and Young Audiences National.

Visit to register for the free fall workshops and check back for more details about the upcoming spring session. Be sure to follow #STEAMSat on social media to keep up with all the impressive skills that students are learning and to learn about new program offerings.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

13110 Shaker Square, C203

Cleveland, Ohio 44120