Who We Are


How did the SURGE collaboration get started?

In January of 2012, a consortium of five organizations (the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Wexner Center for the Arts and WOSU Public Media) were awarded a generous planning grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services through its Digital Media and Learning funding initiative. This grant enabled the group to spend 18 months building a collaborative network focused on teen programming initiatives.

How can I create programming like this in my own city?

SURGE Columbus recommends YouMedia.org as a terrific resource for anyone looking to build a similar learning network in their community. Here you will find extensive practical advice as well as information and the research behind the connected learning approach.

What does teen programming look like in the SURGE network?

Programming varies by institution. The Columbus Metropolitan Library opened a drop-in space in February 2013 at the Main Library downtown offering teenagers access to digital equipment and on-site mentors. The Columbus Museum of Art offers Teen Open Studio where teens explore openly with fine arts and technology every Thursday night. Wexner Center for the Arts will build on its existing array of pioneering teen programs and digital workshops such as WexLab and Pages.  COSI opened its Teen Tech Studio in April 2014 and offers open hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For WOSU Public Media, teens may sign up at WOSUmediaLab@wosu.org for multimedia production sessions, Saturdays, at the Ross mediaLab at WOSU@COSI.

In addition to drop-in opportunities, special events and new cross-institutional projects will emerge out of this emerging collaboration.

Can other institutions join the network?

Yes!  SURGE Columbus welcomes proposals from other Central Ohio organizations committed to offering free, accessible programming for teens.  Please email Shelly Casto at scasto@wexarts.org for more information.

How can I get more information?

You are welcome to send an email to Shelly Casto, Director of Education at the Wexner Center for the Arts at scasto@wexarts.org.

What You'll Find At SURGE


Video & Film

Computers & Technology

Art Workshops

3D Printing