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eBulletin • August 2011

What's New at NAMAC
MinneapolisSave the Date! NAMAC 2012 Conference – Minneapolis – September 6-8 - The 2012 National Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Join us for the most up-to-the-minute information on open source media, transmedia, locative media and new technologies as we showcase innovative ways that arts organizations are incorporating these strategies into their everyday work.  Hear about the issues, trends and research related to leadership development across the creative sector. Four simultaneous tracks will offer panels, workshops, and open spaces targeted to the needs and interests of the media arts and other creative sectors.  We’ll also include plenty of “beyond the conference” cultural events including receptions, Twin City nonprofit arts’ site visits, and our signature NAMAC Awards to a media artists, media arts organization, and creative sector philanthropist. Mark your calendars and watch future eBulletins for updates!

NAMAC is pleased to announce the participants in our third Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations (LIVAO). These leaders have demonstrated a commitment to leading in their local communities and/or the national field, and to their own professional development, as determined by a peer review panel of LIVAO alumni. NAMAC will bring these leaders together September 19-23, 2011 at the Silver Falls Conference Center in Oregon for a five-day intensive intergenerational workshop is designed to encourage and sustain visionary leadership. Find out more about the 2011 Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations Cohort.

White Paper: "Towards Accountability: An Essay in Collaborative Activist Media Production" by Lawrence Daressa. From time to time, The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture publishes white papers on issues of relevance to the cultural sector. Lawrence Daressa, Co-director of the California Newsreel, wrote a paper entitled, "Towards Accountability: An Essay in Collaborative Activist Media Production," that we are offering as a downloadable pdf

Last Chance to fill out our Website Satisfaction Survey. The survey closes this Friday, August 26th.

Did you miss our Open Dialogue on Media Policy? Beth McConnell, Executive Director of The Media and Democracy Coalition, wrote an excellent summary for the MadCoNewsBlog.

Featured Leader
Chad Johnston is the Executive Director of The Peoples Channel and Durham Community Media, a nonprofit community media center and public access TV station serving Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He has been with the organization for 7 years and was also a board member of the Alliance for Community Media in Washington, DC for 3 years. 

Chad is a media activist and advocate mainly focused on the development and protection of Public, Educational and Government Access Television. However, Chad also advocates on issues such as LPFM radio, development of broadband for community use, media reform, and network neutrality. Read Chad's answers to our five questions.

Featured Organization
The mission of the Video Data Bank is to promote artists’ video and media art through a range of programs in order to increase awareness and scholarship of the history and contemporary practice of video and media art across a wide array of communities and audiences. VDB is committed to: serving the artists represented in the collections; providing access to the collections; and ensuring that the future of the collections is guaranteed for generations to come. To this end VDB actively catalogs, archives, distributes, preserves, digitizes, programs and exhibits its historically important collection of video art and artist interviews. Read their answers to our five questions. 
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About Us

NAMAC fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts.  Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, we connect, organize and develop organizations.

Take a look at our member benefits.

Upcoming Events

Open Dialogue Distribution
September 15 • 10am

Webinar: The Future of the Map
September 6 • 11am
Cost: $35 for NAMAC Members/$70 for non-members

Webinar: Facebook Tactics That Get Results: A New Benchmark's Extra Report from M+R and NTEN
September 9  • 11am
Cost: Free for NAMAC Members


Mapping of the Field
Open Dialogue Archives



Q + A

Five Questions with Andalusia Knoll, a producer with Thousand Kites. 

From the Blog

Reading the World Through Sound: Eyebeam's Associate Director of Residencies Roddy Schrock shares his enthusiasm for two artists – one who is making pictures from music and another who is making music from pictures.

From the Blog

The 2011 National Rural Assembly: Traci Morris reports on her trip to the 2011 Gathering of the National Rural Assembly.

From the Blog

Data Caps Could Cut Artists Off From the Cloud by the Open Technology Initiative's Aalok Mehta. The case of André Vrignaud highlights the serious issues that artists, photographers and musicians might face as both data caps and cloud computing become increasingly common—and contradictory. 



NAMAC's Capacity Building Support Program helps organizations plan for and invest in valuable capacity building projects that strengthen internal operations and systems; support internal governance and leadership development; develop strategic fiscal and human resources; and create innovative strategies for community engagement and support

If you are a NAMAC member, you should know that September 1 is the deadline to apply for Capacity Building Support. This year there are two categories: Organizational Planning and Study Trip support. 

Read our guidelines and get more information.

Online Film Festival

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) is launching the ITVS Indies Showcase, a free online film festival featuring 20 documentaries from July 25 to September 23. The festival honors the extraordinary contributions of independent filmmakers to public television. The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is a proud sponsor of this event. Watch the ITVS Indies Showcase.

Member Benefit

Through the Open Arts Network, a collaborative partnership has been formed between Fractured Atlas and NAMAC. As a result, we are pleased to offer you and your staff members this free Associate Membership. Simply visit and fill out the online Associate Membership application. You will instantly become an Associate Member of the nation's fastest growing arts service organization. And it’s all free!


IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference (September 18-22) is a great opportunity for filmmakers to learn about the culture and business of independent film. The conference brings together producers, distributors, filmmakers, business executives and new media practitioners for case studies, conversations and debates on topics such as audience outreach, film business strategies and more. Find out more about the Independent Filmmaker Conference.

Open Video Conference, September 10-11 (New York, NY)

NATOA's 31st Annual Conference: Gigabit Communities, September 20-23 (San Francisco, CA)

Future of Music Policy Summit, October 3-4 (Washington, DC)

Grantmakers in the Arts 2011 Conference, October 9-12 (San Francisco, CA)

Independent Sector Conference, October 30 - November 1 (Chicago, IL)
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