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eBulletin • October 2011

What's New at NAMAC

We are proud to announce that we have completed this year's Regional Report White Paper, Media Arts Organizations in the Evolving Digital LandscapeA Report from the Field. Over the next eight weeks, we will be publishing individual case studies, culminating in the release of the full report on December 5th, 2011. Visit the NAMAC website every Monday to read in-depth case studies on Visit the NAMAC website every Monday to read in-depth case studies on Pacific Film ArchiveThe Center for Asian American MediaSAY SíVideo Association of DallasPhillyCAMTermite TV, Documentary Educational Resources, the Massachusetts Production Coalition, and New England Talent Crew. Check out some of our profiles below or click on this link to find out more
NAMAC's first Campaign and Policy Institute will be happening this December 6th through 8th in Washington, D.C. This intensive three-day workshop is designed to build participants’ capacity to influence national level policies that affect their organizations, constituents and the field. We'll keep you posted on this exciting event!

Did you miss our Open Dialogue "Wild Card" for Southern Media Arts Organizations? Read the archive of the conversation here.

Regional Report Profiles 
Located in the heart of San Antonio’s arts district, SAY Sí is an art studio that is home to upwards of 180 young artists, each year learning visual, theater and media arts free of charge. SAYSí’s offerings are rooted in artists training artists. Young people learn drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, art history, performing and media arts, mentored by older students, instructors and artists living and working in the area. Click to read more.

Pacific Film Archive
What’s an archive to do with 91,000 film reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles and world cinema documents? The Pacific Film Archive embarked on the CineFiles project in 1996, an online archive that will eventually make the overwhelming volume of printed content in the PFA’s film files available to anyone with internet access. Click to read more.
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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.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: What's Wrong with My Organization's Website?
November 10th • 11am • free for NAMAC members

Open Dialogue: Community Media
November 17th • 10am

Webinar: How the NYPL Successfully Project-Managed a New Drupal Website
November 29th • 11am • free for NAMAC members

Open Dialogue: Exhibition
December 15th • 10am


Map of the Field
Open Dialogue Archives


From the Blog

A Mentee's Story
by Susan Malone

Last fall, Mike Wassenaar paid a quick visit to Baltimore, and in my local greasy spoon, with his public radio voice booming, I was convinced that my mentor was sitting in front of me. Click to read more.

A Mentor's Story
by Mike Wassenaar

It's common for Executive Directors at non-profits to be isolated because of their functions within their organizations. But that isolation is magnified in the early days on the job. So I didn't hesitate at all when I got a request from a friend, Susan Malone at Wide Angle Youth Media, to be her mentor, to help her as a new Executive Director. Click to read more.

Policy News

By Belinda Rawlins

Each month, NAMAC will look back at the last few weeks for a quick overview of some of the stories we've been watching. We hope you'll find them interesting, too.

September started off with a bang as the Department of Justice moved to block the AT&T / T-Mobile merger

The long awaited network neutrality rules were published in the Federal Register, prompting Harold Feld of Public Knowledge to provide a quick guide to help us understand what the new rules mean.

President Obama unveils how he intends to pay for his proposed American Jobs Act, including new limitations for itemized deductions to charities.

Hollywood movie studios start getting serious about the move from DVDs to online distribution.


Localore, a new, transformational public media initiative inspired by AIR's MQ2 project, invites independent radio/TV/web reportes and producers to work with public broadcasting stations around the country. The goal? To support the creation of new multiplatform storytelling projects that expand coverage and participation in stations' communities. Producers selected for Localore will receive support for building a collaborative team to implement a 9-12 month station-based project. 10 producer-station teams will be announced in late January, and projects will begin launching in March. Producers and stations can apply here.

The Kresge Foundation's Arts and Culture Program is offering facility investment and building reserve grants. Find out more.

The New York Foundation for the Arts is offering Artist Fellowships. Deadline is December 15th, 2011. Find out more.

Featured Video

St. Paul Neighborhood News Network's One On One is a weekly interview show that highlights personal histories and defining moments of leaders worldwide.

The featured episode
 includes a conversation with the Nobel Prize-Winning Nigerian writer, poet and playwright, Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka.

Watch more online videos from SPNN's channels.

Five Questions

By Rachel Allen

Jon Reiss is a filmmaker (Bomb It, Better Living Through Circuitry), author (Think Outside the Box Office) and consultant whose most recent book is Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, co-written with The Film Collaborative and Sheri Candler. Click to read interview.


The Association of Moving Image Archivists hosts its annual conference in Austin, TX, November 16th-19th. The AMIA Conference will bring together professionals, students, and friends of the field to meet, share information, and work together through an intensive and cost-effective learning forum on audivisual preservation and access. Find out more.

The Conference for Community Arts Education, November 9th-12th (Boston, MA)

The National Arts Marketing Project Conference, November 12th-15th (Louisville, KY)

Digital Media and Learning Conference, March 1st-3rd (San Francisco, CA)

SXSW Interactive Week, March 9th-12th (Austin, TX)


Publications Coordinator, Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA)—due November 3rd

Sponsorship Associate, Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA)—due November 3rd

Project Coordinator/Executive Assistant, Creative Commons (Mountain View, CA)—due November 11th

Temporary Office Assistant, Creative Commons
(Mountain View, CA)—due November 11th

Development Coordinator, Individual Giving, Facets Multi-Media (Chicago, IL)—due November 14th

Sales and Outreach Assocaite, Documentary Educational Resources (Watertown, MA)—due November 15th

Media and Arts Program Associate, World Savvy (San Francisco, CA)—due November 18th
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