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eBulletin • February 2012

What's New at NAMAC

Next week, NAMAC will hold the first in a series of free regional environmental scans—live Open Dialogue chats with groups of NAMAC members from around the country. The purpose of these live chats is to analyze trends in the environment that are affecting your organization, ranging from political to artistic to economic. These chats will allow you to learn how colleagues in your region are strategizing around major environmental trends that are likely of interest too you.

Next week's chat will be open to NAMAC members in the mid-west, and will take place on Friday, February 17th, from 12 to 1pm central time. Register for the Open Dialogue Mid-West environmental scan here, and read more about the series here.

Josh Wilson Is NAMAC's New Conference Producer
NAMAC has hired Josh Wilson to be its new Conference Producer. Josh is a longtime advocate and producer of independent media. He is one of the founders of Independent Arts and Media, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides fiscal sponsorship and support to noncommercial media and arts organizations. He has also produced the IAM's long-running Expo for the Artist and Musician, known as "the Bay Area's only grassroots connection fair for independent art, music, and culture."

In 2000, Josh founded and helped organize Friends of KUSF, which later proved instrumental in helping the station volunteers advance their pathbreaking 2011 FCC petition opposing the sale of the 90.3 FM broadcast license. As a professional journalist and editor, Josh has worked in various capacities for, Wired, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and other publications and organizations.

New NAMAC Telesalon
Nina Simon, author of the blog Museum 2.0, will host NAMAC's next Telesalon, Transforming Organizations through Audience Participation, on Wednesday, February 29th from 10 to 11 am.

Last year, Ms. Simon took on the task of turning around a cultural institution that was floundering financially, testing out her community-centered approach with the aim of creating a dynamic new future for the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. Find out what she learned and how you can apply participatory design principles to engage your organization's constituents more authentically, take risks with confidence, and cultivate deeper investment in your mission and success.
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Upcoming Events

NTEN Webinar: Why Bad Video Happens to Good Causes
Tuesday, February 14th • 11am

Open Dialogue: Mid-West Environental Scan
Friday, February 17th • 10 am

NTEN Webinar: Social Fundraising 2.0
Wednesday, February 22nd • 11am

Open Dialogue: Mid-Atlantic Environmental Scan
Friday, February 24th • 10 am

Telesalon: Transforming Organizations through Audience Participation
Wednesday, February 29th • 10am


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From the Blog

Rookie Report from the 2011 AMIA Conference
By Brian Hearn

It’s been on my “to do” list for years since becoming an accidental film collector in 2005. Finally, the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference came to America's fun-loving, proudly “weird” capital city to the south.

Read the rest of Brian's report here.

Featured Organization: Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources is a grassroots, artist-run, non-profit media arts center that works to "promote and support film, video, computer, digital, and audio art by media artists and community members" in Buffalo and Western New York.

Read the rest of the feature here, as reported by Squeaky Wheel Outreach Coordinator Goda Trakumaite.


Reel Grrls has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director. Robin Held, currently the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Seattle's Frye Art Museum, will assume her post on March 1st, succeeding Malory Graham, Reel Grrls' founder, who is stepping down to pursue her own work as an artist and filmmaker. Read more about the appointment here.

The Executive Director of Squeaky Wheel is stepping down. Dorothea Braemer, who was appointed in March 2003, helped Squeaky Wheel expand both its membership and its programming, including new workshops on web design, circuit bending, legal and theoretical issues for artists and filmmakers, and iOS programming for iPhones and iPads.

Braemer will officially step down in May, and Squeaky Wheel is currently conducting a national search for her successor. Read more about the Executive Director search here.


On Thursday, February 16th at 12pm, The Media and Democracy Coalition and the Alliance for Justice are hosting a conference call to discuss IRS and FEC laws and what they mean for organizations working to establish their presence online, as outlined in the Alliance's recent publication Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age. More here.

Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Network is accepting applications for its Local Arts Classroom, a four-month virtual leadership development series that begins in March. Applicants must apply by Friday, February 24th; forty will be selected to participate in the series. Read more about the series here, and apply here.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is accepting applications for its Knight Community Information Challenge. Applicants must be community- or place-based foundations in the United States; projects must be designed to meet a local information need; and foundations must provide an equal match. On Wednesday, February 8th, Knight is hosting a live chat for applicants with questions about the challenge; applications are due on Monday, February 27th. Read more here.

Member News

PhillyCAM will host its grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, February 8th at its new studio in downtown Philadelphia, capping a nearly 30-year battle for public access in the city. The community media center will also hold its first-ever live cablecast on Wednesday, featuring Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

PhillyCAM hopes the new studio will serve as a gathering ground for nonprofits, civic leaders, policy makers, and community members to produce local content for Philadelphians—content that is currently sorely lacking. Read more about the grand opening here, and register for the ceremony here.


World's Fair Use Day, May 4th (Washington, D.C.)

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, June 8th through 10th (San Antonio, TX)

This year's editions of the Allied Media Conference and the Games for Change Festival hit Detroit and New York City, respectively, this June (AMC: June 28th through July 1st, G4C: June 18th through 20th).

Both conferences are currently accepting proposals; click here for more information on submitting to AMC, and here for G4C.


The Association of Independents in Radio has announced the ten winning producers of its Localore initiative, who will partner with public radio and television stations to produce transmedia reporting projects that tell stories to new audiences in new ways. Read more about Localore here.

The Philanthropy News Digest writes that a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has found that nonprofit advocacy generates a big return, with every dollar invested providing a return of $115 in community benefits. Read more here.
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