October 2014 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts field
From the Executive Director
NAMAC Executive Director Wendy LevyAs we all move into the craziness of the end of the calendar year, I wanted to let all NAMAC members know about a couple of upcoming initiatives that need input from all sectors, as well as changes to the public face of our Alliance that you will be seeing in the coming months.

We have embarked on a website redesign that will reflect and embody the collective impact of the NAMAC membership. We intend to foster inclusion, highlight new programs, build the voice and capacity of our members, create connections across sectors and cultivate sustainability. The goals are to provide some network infrastructure for our community to support collaboration and impact, and connect audiences directly to members. Each member will have a page on the new site with a big photo, a short story and some data, with links directly back to their site. Collectively, we are a cultural force to be reckoned with, and our hub on the web will soon reflect this. The NAMAC Board and Executive Advisory groups will be involved in the design and development process, insuring each section of the site adds value to our members, creates pathways for participation, and reflects the poetry, power and impact of independent artists and media arts organizations in community, and around the world.
So when you receive the request for content from us next week, please, please please send in your materials ASAP!

Announcing New Funding Partner
We are excited to welcome the Fledgling Fund to the NAMAC community; thanks to a recent Field-Building grant, we will be able to launch our new website before the end of the year, complete a new survey of our membership and create a new strategic impact plan to insure NAMAC’s sustainable future.

Welcome New Members
NAMAC is thrilled to welcome our first INTERNATIONAL member—BRITDOC! Britdoc’s Driving Principle is "Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies." We agree, and are beyond excited to welcome this group of storytelling/social change rock stars to the Alliance.

We also welcome the Independent Filmmaker Project. IFP "champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution."

Skylight PicturesSkylight Pictures has also joined NAMAC! "For 30 years Skylight has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films & digital media tools on issues of human rights and the quest for justice." We also welcome a posse of extraordinary independent artists, producers and consultants including Patrice O’Neill, Gita Pullapilly, Judith Helfand, Alyce Myatt, Chelo Alvarez -Stehle, Chris Johnson and Sandra Itkoff. As we say in Oakland, the Alliance got hella stronger last month.

Is there something you'd like to publicize via NAMAC's eBulletin? Fill out our eBulletin submission form here.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan presents Dalit Nation at the Photography, Expanded Symposium in New York City on Saturday, October 18th, produced by the Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and NAMAC Executive Director Wendy Levy.
The Joys of NAMAC Membership!

Networked Web Portal
A robust website that visually showcases the impact stories of member organizations and individual artists serving marginalized and under-resourced communities across the country and around the world. Will include cross-disciplinary case studies, an interactive media tool library and a digital “collaboration-finder.”

Leadership Roundtables
Quarterly Creative Leadership Roundtables will be developed as a year-round participatory framework for peer-to-peer mentorship relevant to a range of arts and culture staff—from founders to mid-career leaders and next gen emerging voices. Must be a member to participate!

NAMAC Innovation Incubator
A virtual and actual lab space to receive mentorship and support in the development of unique open source media/arts/tech initiatives—with an opportunity to present your ideas to funders and investors. Must be a member to incubate!

Media Policy Action Hub
This very public action hub will aggregate breaking news, legislation and current campaigns in a live interactive map interface, focusing on issues like net neutrality, surveillance and human rights, censorship and free press. Must be a member to access Maker Network Toolkits and Impact Blueprints!

Global Artist Residency and Fund
To facilitate the most dynamic collaborations between artists, organizations and communities, NAMAC will partner with trusted cultural exchange programs to design NAMAC co-branded media arts residencies, with a companion fund to support collaborative projects between artists and NGOs. Open to NAMAC members in good standing, the goal of the residencies will be to foster cultural understanding, build the creative and technological capacity of organizations across sectors, and amplify the power of art to strengthen and sustain communities. Must be a member to be eligible!

NAMAC is developing a slate of new programs to facilitate innovation, impact, collaboration and strategic growth for the media arts field; for more information see
Facets Multi-Media

Job Bank
Workspace Manager, Made in NY Media Center by IFP (Brooklyn, NY)—due Saturday, November 1st

Membership Manager, Rhode Island Public Radio (Providence, RI)—due Saturday, November 1st

News Program Coordinator—Grand Crossing, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, November 3rd

Special Events Manager, Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA)—due Monday, November 3rd

Operations Manager, Global Action Project (New York, NY)—due Friday, November 7th

Special Programs Coordinator, Scarsdale Public Library (Scarsdale, NY)—due Friday, November 7th

Executive Coordinator, Bringing Education and Art Together (Long Island City, NY)—due Monday, November 10th

Senior Manager of Media Strategy and Relations, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston (Boston, MA)—due Monday, November 10th

Admissions Counselor, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, November 17th

Contemporary Art Teaching Artist, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)—due Monday, November 24th

Media Teaching Artists (Video Production/Post-Production, Animation) (Brooklyn, NY)—due Monday, November 24th

Executive Director, Apple Arts NYC (New York, NY)—due Monday, December 1st

Director of Digital Technology, New York at Its Core Exhibition, Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY)—due Monday, December 15th

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, December 15th

Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute (New York, NY)—due Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Adjunct Instructor, Arts and Administration Program, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)—due Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Open until filled
Administrative Assistant, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, NJ)

Press and Media Relations Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Research Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Associate Producer, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

IT Teacher, Cardozo Education Campus, DC Public Schools (Washington, DC)

Project Administrator, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Sr. Interactive Producer, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

National Clubs Operations Manager, Girls Who Code (New York, NY)

Senior Clubs Program Manager, Girls Who Code (New York, NY)

Executive Director, Idealware (Portland, ME)

Web Developer, KCTS 9 (Seattle, WA)

Grants Manager, Made in NY Media Center by IFP (Brooklyn, NY)

Sales and Marketing Manager, Made in NY Media Center by IFP (Brooklyn, NY

After-School Digital Arts Teachers, Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources (New York, NY)

Technical Coordinator, Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Broadcast Programs Manager, National Black Programming Consortium (New York, NY)

Development Director, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)

Associate Manager, Donor Services, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Director, Legal Affairs and Operations, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Multimedia Teaching Artist, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

Executive Director, Visual Communications and LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)

NTEN Webinars
Leverage your NAMAC Membership this month!

NAMAC has a partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network, an organization that works to help the nonprofit sector use technology more effectively.
November is Member Appreciation Month for NTEN, so now is a great time to join or renew your Membership to NAMAC so you can participate in NTEN November freebies. Members of NAMAC receive free introductory membership or a 10% discount on renewing membership with NTEN

During Member Appreciation Month, all NTEN webinars are free for members, in addition to special content, and prizes throughout the month.

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: Getting Started
Wednesday, November 5th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Creating and Championing an Awesome Organizational Culture
Thursday, November 6th • 11am to 12pm
free for everyone!

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: Tech Tools to Get the Job Done
Wednesday, November 12th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Overcoming Barriers to Creating Change
Thursday, November 13th • 11am
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Content Strategy for Nonprofits: The Content Life-Cycle
Wednesday, November 19th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers 

Measure Your Mission: Five Steps to Turn Your Data into Dollars
Thursday, November 20th • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers

Tips and Tools to Activate Nonprofit Boards and Committees
Friday, November 21st • 11am to 12pm
free for members, $60 for nonmembers
NBPC 360
Grants and Calls
The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and live events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF58 (April 23rd through May 7th, 2015). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. Official deadline: Monday, November 3rd

Accepting Submissions: Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
The Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. Grants of at least $10,000 will be awarded in 2015 to feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least seventy minutes and should creatively document unique character(s). Deadline: Wednesday, November 5th

Request for Proposals: Artists Engaging in Social Change
The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to artist-driven projects. The request for proposal is open to both nonprofit organizations and individual artists, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as nonprofits must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Surdna aims to support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." Deadline: Wednesday, November 12th

A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
A Blade of Grass's year-long, $20,000 fellowships fund socially engaged projects in which art is a catalyst for social change. Individual artists or artist collectives that are not incorporated as nonprofits are eligible. Four of the eight fellowships are reserved for artists working in New York City. Deadline: Monday, November 24th

Black Rock Arts 2014-2015 Grant Cycle
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for individual artists, artists collectives, and organizations to produce highly interactive, community-driven, collaborative works of art that are accessible to the public and civic in scope. Letter of Inquiry deadline: Monday, December 1st

Call for Applications: National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town
Through the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town creative placemaking grants, up to $200,000 is available for arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects that "represent the distinct character and quality of their communities." Applications must involve partnerships between nonprofits and local government agencies (additional partner organizations are also welcome). Deadline: Monday, December 15th

Matter Accelerator Program for Media Entrepreneurs: Call for Applications
Matter is now accepting applications for its investment program for media entrepreneurs. The program gives entrepreneurs $50,000 for five months of runway to assess customers' needs, prototype solutions, and build traction with audiences. Applications are rolling, with an intended January 2015 start date.

Call for Entries: National Black Programming Consortium's NBPC 360
NBPC 360—the National Black Programming Consortium's new call for entries for producers—is seeking fresh serial content about the Black experience. Eligible ideas include interactive web/digital projects, nonfiction or scripted web series and non-fiction TV series. Three projects will ultimately receive up to $150,000 to complete their pilots. Deadline: Tuesday, January 9th, 2015

Call for Submissions: If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival
Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th annual If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival. Youth (ages 23 years old and younger) are invited to submit videos (no longer than three minutes) answering the question, "If you had the power to choose, how would you spend one trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for the nation, or the world?" Deadline: Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Travel and Research Grants
The Rauschenberg Foundation has grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 available for artists (defined broadly) to travel or conduct research related to their work for one year. Deadline: Sunday, March 15th, 2015


Media Policy Watch
By Rose Kaplan-Bomberg

In an article from Thursday, October 30thThe Wall Street Journal's Gautham Nagesh outlines FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's likely route as the agency navigates net neutrality and broadband reform, suggesting that the forthcoming plan could split broadband into two distinct services: retail, in which consumers pay for broadband access; and back-end, "in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content."

Computerworld's Grant Gross writes about the secretive funding behind much of the net neutrality debate, addressing accusations that some think tanks and advocacy groups have been "astroturfing"—indirectly acting on behalf of large broadband carriers.

Three House Democrats have suggested three different approaches to tackling net neutrality in the past month, all of which involve some degree of reclassification of broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, as The Washington Post's Brian Fung writes.

Two sites created to help you take action— provides an easy way to call the FCC on behalf of net neutrality; focuses on Google's inaction in the net neutrality debate, particularly the inaction of its chief lobbyist Susan Molinari, petitioning Google to speak up for Title II reclassification.

Verizon is launching SugarString, a new tech news site to compete with outlets like Wired and The Verge, The Daily Dot's Patrick Howell O'Neill reports. The problem? Its reporters are barred from writing about net neutrality or American surveillance—two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today, both of which are intimately connected to the actions of Verizon as a corporate entity.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Parker Higgins posted an interesting article on Wednesday about Laura Poitras's new documentary CITIZENFOUR, highlighting seven essential tech privacy tools that helped Poitras make the film.

In the past month, the EFF also (re)launched two online privacy websites, Surveillance Self-Defense ("our guide to defending yourself and your friends from digital surveillance by using encryption tools and developing appropriate privacy and security practices") and I Fight Surveillance (showcasing individuals around the world working to counter surveillance practices).
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