December 2014 | Facilitating innovation + impact for the media arts
From the Executive Director

"That is the power of the arts—to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common; to help us understand our history and imagine our future; to give us hope in the moments of struggle; and to bring us together when nothing else will.” — Michelle Obama, Pittsburgh Summit, 2009

Beyond Black Friday

As I think about Michelle Obama’s comments at the 2009 Pittsburgh Summit and the scathing reality of racial justice and human rights in America today, I am very grateful for the artists and arts organizations who stepped into activism and healing this past weekend in the wake of the injustice in Ferguson. When we needed help framing our collective search for how to respond, how to move forward, how to come together—artists and creative producers were there. 

Ava DuVernay put together a terrific triple feature in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater on Friday night that included Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, Middle of Nowhere and Mike Brown’s 25 to Life. I wished I could have been there. In New York, Ryan Coogler and Shaka King worked with Blackout for Human Rights for a special Black Friday screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Ellen Munroe amphitheater. In Greg Cwik’s coverage of the event in Indiewire, he says a lot of things that I was thinking; in particular how deeply upsetting it is that Do The Right Thing is still “profoundly relevant” 25 years later. In Berkeley, the Universes were performing Party People, a searing and powerful play about the rise and fall of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. According to company co-founder Steven Sapp, the performances right after the grand jury decision took on a whole new layer of meaning. 

We want to know what else happened across the country where artists and communities came together in the wake of Ferguson—please share your projects and experiences on our Facebook page and we’ll feature them on the new, soon-to-be released NAMAC website. We need to tell these stories. One project that comes to mind is the Philadelphia Peoples Paper Co-op. Artist Mark Strandquist posted last week:

So thankful to be a part of our project here in Philly. Every day is amazing, inspiring, challenging. Today's paper making workshop started with conversations about Ferguson and quickly moved into a litany of local iterations that rang horribly similar. They and their friends and families have all been stopped, harassed, abused, detained and de-humanized countless times by police officers. True and lasting change has to begin with dialogue. With seeing each other on a human level. Thankful that we have the privilege to work with and be surrounded by incredible human beings that have experienced so much trauma, abuse, and frustration and continue to be leaders and advocates for community justice.”

Just as Cornel West goes on CNN to say that “Ferguson signifies the end of the age of Obama,” I choose to cite Michelle Obama as I search for how bring the force of our Alliance to full engagement in this and other social justice issues. I would add that the power of the arts is also to challenge us to think deeper and to excavate our accountability and our humanity. The remarks in the A.O. Scott-moderated panel discussion are interesting in this broader investigation—NAMAC will be organizing a series of conversations on this topic next year. If you missed it, check it out.

New Website—Do We Have Your Content?

My own creative freedom is currently being exercised as we work to create the new media-rich, visually dynamic, story-driven NAMAC website. If you have not yet submitted your photograph and text content, now is the time!! If you have let your membership lapse, now is the time to renew. The power of our community will be present in theses pixels—and your page will be blank if we don’t have your stuff. Do it today, please.

NAMAC Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

I’m thrilled to be able to share the news that National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced on Tuesday, December 2nd that NAMAC is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. This grant will support NAMAC’s work fostering innovation and strategic growth for the field through a new Creative Residency program for interactive and game design projects, a media arts Data Visualization initiative (including a toolkit for arts nonprofits), and new programming through the NAMAC Leadership Institute. Needless to say, we are thrilled and grateful for the support of the NEA—and for all our new and renewed NAMAC members. Our Alliance truly gets stronger every day.
Remember, all it takes to be eligible to participate in NAMAC’s 2015 programming is membership. Now is the perfect time to join, give, and make it all happen.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or big ideas—I look forward to hearing from you—, or else hit me up on Twitter: @twendywendy and @namac.
NAMAC congratulates this year's BritDoc Impact Award winners, which were announced on November 20th #BRITDOCImpact.
Welcome New Members!
A warm welcome to Lydia Chen, Rebecca Richman Cohen at Harvard Law School, Dara Kell, and Steven Ross at Ohio University, all of whom became NAMAC members in the last month.
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

Is there something you'd like to publicize via NAMAC's eBulletin? Fill out our eBulletin submission form here.


Media Policy Watch

By Rose Kaplan

As nationwide outrage over racist police murders of black people and people of color continues in the wake of the non-indictment of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, media activists of color are linking the Net Neutrality fight to racial justice. On November 20th, members of the Media Action Grassroots Network, along with representatives from Color of Change,, and Free Press, met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and delivered a letter signed by more than 90 racial justice and civil rights organizations advocating for strong Net Neutrality rules via reclassification of broadband ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Read more from MAG-Net here, and check out the letter itself here.

Ten days earlier, on November 10th, President Obama himself forcefully called for "strong" net neutrality rules from the FCC, including Title II reclassification. The Washington Post's Brian Fung has the story.

On November 21st, NAMAC Executive Director Wendy Levy published an open letter to the FCC advocating against fast lanes and for strong Net Neutrality rules, coinciding with Bay Area Speaks: A People's Hearing on the Future of the Internet, a Net Neutrality rally in San Francisco that night.

Three days earlier, on November 18th, Vice News published a lengthy exposé on the close ties between the FCC and the industry it regulates, based on information obtained via a Freedom of Information Request they filed last April. Read it here.

Finally, Global Net Neutrality Coalition, a new site co-launched on November 25th by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, among others, aims to present a globally united front for Net Neutrality and an open Internet. EFF has more details.


Facets Multi-Media

Job Bank
Researcher, Center for Media and Democracy (Madison, WI)—due Friday, December 5th

Social Media Coordinator, Center for Media and Democracy (Madison, WI)—due Friday, December 5th

Writer, Center for Media and Democracy (Madison, WI)—due Friday, December 5th

Issue-Based Advocacy Consultant, PhillyCAM (Philadelphia, PA)—due Friday, December 5th

Sponsorship Associate, Frameline (San Francisco, CA)—due Wednesday, December 10th

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

Contemporary Art Education Manger, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)—due Wednesday, December 31st

Seasonal Development Associate, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)—due Wednesday, December 31st

Program Production Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston (Boston, MA)—due Wednesday, December 31st

Filmmaker-in-Residence, Docs in Progress (Silver Spring, MD)—due Monday, January 5th, 2015

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

Open until filled
Development Associate, 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA)

Arts Action Fund Membership and Fundraising Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Curator/Art Sales Position, Artfetch (telecommute)

Campus Outreach Coordinator, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Shorts Team Executive Producer, Brave New Films (Culver City, CA)

Executive Producer, Brooklyn Independent Media, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Production and Facility Assistant, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Chicago Filmmakers (Chicago, IL)

Media Center Technician, Art + Design, Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Project Manager, Evaluation, Hack the Hood/Center for Media Change (Oakland, CA)

Database and IT Administrator, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Oral History Researcher, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

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

Marketing and Communications Manager, International House Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

Director of Interactive, KCTS 9 (Seattle, WA)

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

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

Executive/Program Assistant, MUSE Film and Television (New York, NY)

Weekend Edition Host/Announcer, Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, OR)

Digital Revenue Initiatives Manager, Southern California Public Radio (Pasadena, CA)

Director, Marketing and Communications, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Manager, Institutional Giving, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Specialist, Web and Information Systems, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Director, Individual Giving and Development Operations, Sundance Institute (Los Angeles, CA)

Animator/Videographer, TechChange (Washington, DC)

Manager of Financial Operations, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

Director of Development, WTTW11/98.7 WFMT, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
National Endowment for the Arts
Grants and Calls
Creative Work Fund's Northern California Art Collaboration Grants
Grants of up to $40,000 are available to artist/organization teams creating new collaborative projects in the media or traditional arts. Deadline (letters of inquiry): Friday, December 5th

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund
Two grants from Tribeca open this week. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds from $10,000 to $25,000 to feature-length docs highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world. The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund supports "innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central, and South America whose work reflects their diverse cultures in the scripted documentary or mixed-media form" with grants of up to $10,000 for projects in production or post-production. Submissions open Friday, December 5th.

San Francisco International Film Festival: Call for Submissions
The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is accepting submissions to SFIFF58 (April 23rd through May 7th, 2015). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. Final deadline (features): Monday, December 8th

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.

Film Independent: the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Distribution Grant
A $50,000 grant is available for a narrative fiction feature film entering distribution in 2015 that depicts "themes, stories, and characters grounded in real science, technology, or economics." Applicants must be legal residents of the United States. Deadline: Monday, January 5th, 2015

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

National Endowment for the Humanities' Media Projects Development Grants
Grants typically ranging from $40,000 to $75,000 are available for film, television, and radio projects that "engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas." Deadline: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Call for Applications: CEC ArtsLink Visual and Media Arts Grants
American artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of 37 eligible countries may apply for up to $10,000 in funding for their work. Deadline: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Fleishhacker Foundation: Small Arts Grants for Bay Area Arts Organizations
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Bay Area arts organizations in support of programs within a range of disciplines that includes film and the media arts. Deadline: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

MacArthur-Driehaus Funds for Arts and Culture: Chicago-Area Arts Grants
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 are available for Chicago-area arts organizations with annual budgets under $150,000. Deadline: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Call for Applications: LEF New England: Moving Image Fund Grants
Four to six $5,000 grants are available for long-format (40+ minutes) film projects by New England directors and/or producers that will be in pre-production at the grants' June deadline. Deadline (letters of inquiry): Friday, January 23rd, 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

NALAC Fund for the Arts
$5,000 Project Grants and $15,000 Master Artist Grants are available to United States-based Latino artists, ensembles, and arts organizations that "demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts." Deadline: Friday, February 6th, 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
NTEN Webinars
Making People Matter More in a Social World
Wednesday, December 10th • 11am to 12pm
$30 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Also, don't forget #GivingTuesday
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