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eBulletin • April 2012

National Leadership Institute
There are only a few days left to apply for NAMAC's National Leadership Institute! Click on the picture for more information.

Seeking Input for NAMAC Conference
Attention NAMAC members: Your panel and workshop proposals for the 2012 NAMAC conference are welcome! The conference happens September 6th through 8th, this year in Minneapolis, and your participation will make it a vital event at a time of profound change in the media and visual arts field.

Technology is accelerating. Participation is increasing. New generations are bringing new ideas into play. The two-day NAMAC gathering will dig into the real impacts of these fast-moving trends. Please send your proposals for events, activities, workshops, panels and working groups, and help define this moment of opportunity. Contact Josh Wilson, conference producer,

Coming and GoingAndy Smith and Ariella Ben-Dov
NAMAC wishes to thank Andy Smith for his Board service, most recently as Treasurer, over the last two years. And we welcome Ariella Ben-Dov, who will take Andy's place beginning at our next Board Meeting. Areilla, who recently ran in the NAMAC Board election, was the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes in the election. She will join newly elected board members Roberto Bedoya, Cece Hughley Noel, and Anula Shetty.

After fourteen years at NAMAC, Dewey Schott, senior manager of leadership services, will be leaving NAMAC on July 1st to start a new phase of his professional life. Dewey will focus his time on his coaching and consulting practice, which he began in 2005. "This is a wildly exciting time for me where I'll be able to continue serving the arts and culture community with coaching, leadership development, and capacity building while also branching out to work with other communities I love, including the social justice and LGBTQ communities," says Dewey. Since 1998, he has been a key figure in NAMAC's programs and services. "I'm really proud of the work I’ve done at NAMAC, most notably the Leadership Institute, coaching circles, and editing Leading Creatively. I feel like this is more of a shift than a good-bye."

PBSAction Alerts: #pbsneedsindies and Arts Advocacy Day
This season, PBS has moved POV and Independent Lens—two of its flagship series for independent documentaries—to a new timeslot. As Bill Moyers explains, this move hurts both viewers and independent filmmakers, as well as the series themselves. The Center for Social Media has information about what you can do to take action—find out here—and if you use Twitter, make sure to tag any related tweets with the hashtag #pbsneedsindies.

This year's Arts Advocacy Day is Monday and Tuesday, April 16th and 17th—Executive Director Jack Walsh and Policy Strategist Belinda Rawlins will be attending on behalf of NAMAC, joining hundreds of other arts advocates from around the country. Read more here or email Belinda for more information.
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Upcoming Events

Americans for the Arts' Arts Advocacy Day 2012
Monday and Tuesday, April 16th and 17th

NTEN Webinar: Access for All: Basics of Website Accessibility

Tuesday, April 17th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Prometheus Radio Project Webinar: How to Start a Community Radio Station: Put Your Hands on the Radio
Tuesday, April 24th • 8 to 9 p.m.

NTEN Webinar: Online Advocacy for the Nonprofit Superstaffer
Thursday, April 26th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NTEN Webinar: Ask the Expert: Katrin Verclas on Mobile Technology
Monday, April 30th • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Mapping the Field

Open Dialogue Archives

Media Policy Blog Salon

From the Blog

Last month's Media Policy Blog Salon featured seven panelists' reflections on telecommunications policy and the media arts, and how new policy developments could affect the media arts community. Here's some of what was talked about.

Joseph S. Miller"Race and Gender in 'Online Influence' Rankings":
Ratings are a form of currency that advertisers use to place advertisements. If that currency is skewed in favor of producers of mainstream content, producers of niche content lose out. ... It is time for a dialogue about how online ratings and influence metrics affect the profitability and reputations of minorities and women.

Betty Yu"Why PEG and Community Access Television is a Media Justice Fight":
For the last several years, media activists and public access advocates having been organizing to pass the Community Access Preservation Act (CAP), introduced by Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to the House of Representatives in May 2011. The passage of the CAP Act would ensure continued funding for PEG Access Centers in states across the nation.
Leaping Bytes

Policy News

A net neutrality petition started by Leaping Bytes, a small tech business, has garnered more than 30,000 signatures out of a goal of 50,000 on Petitioning top executives at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, the letter asks that they act on behalf of their companies to "protect consumer choice and the free market on the Internet." Read more here.

On his Wetmachine blog, Public Knowledge's Harold Feld has published an "insanely long field guide" to a new proposed deal between wireless provider Verizon and cable companies Cox and SpectrumCo (made up of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House) that would transfer spectrum from the cable companies to Verizon. Feld writes that the FCC should block the deal, arguing that it is anticompetitive and would hurt consumers. Read Feld's post here.
Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism


The Annie E. Casey Foundation will award $1000 prizes, with the possibility of a $5000 prize, to twelve winning producers of powerful media/journalism pieces about the lives of children and families in the United States, as part of the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, a project of the Journalism Center on Children and Familes. The application and guidelines are available here—apply by Friday, April 20th.

The New York Community Trust's Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund has funding of up to $60,000 available for organizations to provide fellowships to "talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts." Proposals are due by noon on Monday, April 30th. Read more.

Applications are due Friday, June 1st for the Princess Grace Foundation's new JustFilms Documentary Awards, made possible by the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program. Funds will be awarded to graduate or undergraduate student filmmakers working on social justice documentary thesis projects, as well as to individuals partipicating in production programs at media arts centers. Learn more or apply here.
Institute of Museum and Library Services


The Institute for Museum and Library Services has released its Building Digital Communities resource, with the goal of helping communities nationwide prepare for a connected future. The resource consists of Building Digital Communities: Getting Started, and a more in-depth primer, A Framework for Action, both of which are available here for free.

The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network's new issue of its quarterly journal, NTEN: Change, is now available for download, featuring interviews, case studies, and articles all aimed to help nonprofits better utilize technology in their work. More info here.
Screening the Future 2012


This year's Screening the Future conference, a production of the PrestoCentre Foundation, will take place next month, May 21st through 23rd, at the University of Southern California's Ronald Tutor Campus Center in Los Angeles. Register here (by April 15th, for an early-bird discount) or learn more here.

Providence's Rhode Island Convention Center will host the 2012 Netroots Nation conference this June 6th through 10th. Register here or read more here.

The 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference, hosted by the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, will take place this July 26th through 29th—more info here.
National Hispanic Media Coalition


Grant Writer/Development Manager, Cinema Conservancy (New York, NY)—April 30th

Associate Director of Business and Development, The Global Film Initiative (San Francisco, CA)

Co-Director, Sattya Media Arts Collective (Jawalakhel, Nepal)

Development Associate, National Radio Project (Oakland, CA)

Development Manager, Women, Action, and the Media (Cambridge, MA)

Education Coordinator, Brooklyn Center for Media Education, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Executive Director, South Arts (Atlanta, GA)

Marketing Coordinator, The Picture House (Pelham, NY)

Production Manager, WilliNet (Williamstown, MA)

Program Manager for Youth Development and Advocacy, Critical Exposure (Washington, DC)

Social Media and Communications Strategist, National Hispanic Media Coalition
(Pasadena, CA)
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