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eBulletin • May 2013
artsENGAGE Blog Salon + Social Media Conversation

#artsENGAGE with us!

"Make no mistake. Engagement matters," writes Michelle DelCarlo. Over the past few weeks, we've seen through the perspectives of leading arts & media arts innovators, that engagement not only matters, but that it is a rapidly unfolding field of practice. One that continues to raise new questions, challenge previous models, and envision stronger communities.

How do you #artsENGAGE? Tell us in any of the following ways:

Many thanks to: artsENGAGE curatorial and design partner Molly Hanse (@mollyetta), content partner Ashley Weinard (@eduseum) of the Musings on Engagement blog, artist Nile Livingston for her design of the #artsENGAGE banner image. Banner photo documents a Restore/Restory community media popup, courtesy of jesikah maria ross.

Youth Media Roundup!

Lend Your Voice to Youth Media Survey 2013
If you have not had a chance to complete our survey on capacity in the youth media sector, please take 20 minutes to do so today. This year’s youth media survey, conducted in partnership with scholar Kathleen Tyner, aims to provide information about capacity that all of us can use in our research, advocacy and development efforts to support and sustain youth media through a climate of change.

Youth Media Reporter Connector Session -- Video Now Online!

On May 7, NAMAC partnered with the National Youth Media Network to host an online Connector Session on the relaunch of Youth Media Reporter (YMR). The conversation brought together outstanding youth media leaders from around the country in deep thinking around how YMR can continue its esteemed tradition of supporting the field by serving as a leading voice and platform for youth media. Click here to watch video of the conversation.

Keep in mind that Youth Media Reporter is now officially open for submissions! Click this link to download the Call for Proposals. Deadline for all manuscript and multimedia submissions is July 15, 2013.

NAMAC wishes to acknowledge and thank Matt Christopher, Laura Deutch, Andrea Ellis, Danielle Martin, Lucia Palmarini, and Kasandra VerBrugghen for their dedicated efforts in organizing the Youth Media Connector Sessions. Keep an eye out on our Twitter feed for an announcement of the next Connector Session, or join the Youth Media Google Group.  

Talking Youth Media at Alliance for Community Media Conference
This year's Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Conference will be a great platform for big picture conversations on youth media. In this vain, on May 30 at 10:45 AM PDT, NAMAC is co-hosting a participatory conversation at the ACM Conference, on national field-building in youth media.

Panelists will include: David Cooper Moore (Moderator, NAMLE), Jeff Arthur (Intel Clubhouse Network), Robyn Bykofsky (TILT Youth Media, Bay Area Youth Media Network), Rosey Robards and Robert Storno (Alaska Teen Media Institute), Lora Taub-Pervizpour (Youth Media Reporter, HYPE Youth Media) and Kasandra verBrugghen (SpyHop, National Connector Sessions).

We will live tweet from the panel via #youthmedia. Share your thoughts with us as we ask: What needs can a national youth media network address? What will it take to build that network? What are the roles of the national media arts intermediaries (NAMAC, ACM, NAMLE) in helping to foster this network? 

If you're in town for the Conference, make sure to stick around Saturday and Sunday for the first-ever Bay Area Youth Media Network BAYMN Fest, a free two-day interactive showcase of media produced by young folks ages 12-24, hosted at the San Francisco Public Library. Through screenings, workshops, a transmedia gallery, a makerspace, parties and networking opportunities, BAYMN FEST will be a place for young artists to share their work, meet their peers, acquire new tools, make their voices heard

Announcements from Members and Allies

Send us your announcements by emailing or Tweeting @namac!

Community Supported Film Features Local Perspectives on Development Issues

Community Supported Film (CSFilm) continues to facilitate the production of compelling documentary films that communicate on-the-ground realities from the local perspective. Recently, CSFilm trainees in Afghanistan produced a short film about the National Solidarity Program and how it has enabled community development throughout Afghanistan. The film, made entirely by Afghan media professionals who were trained by CSFilm, will be shown at Congress and to international funders. This means that funders and policy makers will be learning about civil society in Afghanistan from the unique and informed perspectives of the people in Afghanistan.

CSFilm cannot do this work without your support. Consider donating to their spring fundraising campaign and help keep this vital work going strong. To learn more about the organization, check out this Google Hangout featuring CSFilm director, Michael Sheridan, and CSFilm Coordinator in Afghanistan, Jamal Aram.

Congratulations to International Documentary Association!
It was announced in April that International Documentary Association is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The IDA is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support a new distinct online-home for Documentary magazine. More info here.

International Recognition for the Media Arts
In a resounding endorsement for the media arts as a vital creative discipline and social good, Canada's Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) seeks to publicly honor the media arts through creation of a national prize. The prize will increase visibility of the field, promote its value, and thank media artists for their contributions to social progress and innovation. Can you help?

Group of Verizon Shareholders Support Net Neutrality 
Nathan Cummings Foundation was a leading member in a coalition of Verizon shareholders who earlier this month, asked the company to report on its actions to oppose open Internet and net neutrality principles.

Copyright Reform in the News
On May 16, Future of Music Coalition (FMC) did some excellent live tweeting from a House Subcommittee meeting on reviewing current copyright law and beginning the conversation about copyright reform. FMC provided written testimony to the Committee for the record, and you can read that testimony here.

Copyright reform is going to move forward, and it's imperative that artists, musicians, and innovators contribute to the conversation so that it is not dominated by the interests of rights owners. It is, in the words of this recent Washington Post article, only in this way that we can ensure that any revisions to copyright law will both "compensate rights holders and incentivize innovation for start-ups and new artists."

NAMAC will continue working with our partners to help ensure that artists' rights are preserved in copyright reform.

Welcome New Members

Press Pass TV

Press Pass TVPress Pass TV uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful education and employment to Boston- and Worcester-area youth living in underserved neighborhoods. Press Pass TV youth produce videos that a) tackle underrepresented social justice issues including crime and justice, education, and the environment; and b) celebrate organizations and individuals working to make their communities better places. Press Pass TV youth are also available for hire as videographers, peer educators, and editors—learn more here. Watch videos from Press Pass TV youth participants here!

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Member Benefits

Shutterstock Discount
NAMAC is thrilled to partner with Shutterstock to promote and facilitate creative production. Through this partnership, all NAMAC Members—including Student, Independent Professional, and Affiliates—receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images. This offer is available between May 2013 and December 1, 2013. Learn how you can redeem your Member discount here.

NAMLE Membership Discounts
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). In celebration of this important collaboration, NAMAC Members will receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to NAMLE. Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE. Learn more about how you can redeem your discount here.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud of its continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Through this partnership, NAMAC Members receive:
  • NTEN's renowned webinars at NTEN member rates!
  • Free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN. Learn more about what the NTEN membership will mean for you here.
NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at Member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. If you are a member and don't see yourself on the NAMAC Members Twitter List, let us know and we will add you right away.

NAMAC is committed to offering added-value service and support for your membership. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas on what types of services, programming, and membership benefits would best foster your work in the independent media arts.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Calls to Action

Members of Congress have finally introduced a serious Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) reform bill: The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, sponsored by Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO). This bill won't pass without our support! Visit for a clear breakdown of what creative freedoms the bill would protect. Tell your representatives to support this important reform to the DMCA.

In addition to explicitly legalizing cell phone unlocking, the bill would also modify the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to make it clear that unlocking copy-protected content is only illegal if it's done in order to "facilitate the infringement of a copyright." If a circumvention technology is "primarily designed or produced for the purpose of facilitating noninfringing uses," that would not be a violation of copyright. Read more here.
Prometheus Radio Project


Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project (Philadelphia, PA)—due May 22nd

Operations Director, Open Media Foundation (Denver, CO)—due May 23rd

Production Facilitator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due May 30th

Director of Educational Programs, International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA)—due May 31st

Program Coordinator, Community TV Network (Chicago, IL)—due May 31st

Membership Manager, Outfest (Los Angeles, CA)—due May 31st

Director of Institutional Development, Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY)—due May 31st

JustArts Photography Assistant, Center for Court Innovation (Brooklyn, NY)—due June 3rd

Program Manager, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)—due June 30th

Open until filled:

Campaign Communicators Manager, Free Press (Florence, MA)

Web Community Coordinator, Roadside Theater (Norton, VA)

Communications and Content Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Director of Community Media, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Coordinator, Educational Media and Technology, Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Director of Operations, Community Media Center of Marin (San Rafael, CA)

Social Media Manager, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Technology/Art Teacher, ROADS Charter High Schools (Brooklyn, NY)

Facilitator, San Francisco StoryBooth, StoryCorps (San Francisco, CA)

Manager, Mobile, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Multimedia Teacher, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)
Lights. Camera. Help. Cause-Driven Film Festival

Grants and Calls

A Film Festival for Nonprofits and Their Nonprofit Vids
The 5th annual Lights. Camera. Help. Cause-Driven Film Festival is looking for micro-docs (up to five minutes), short films (5-29 minutes), and feature films (30 minutes and up) that support a cause. Any film that raises awareness, promotes action, or inspires its viewers to make the world a better place is eligible. The films can be made in any year. International entries are welcome. Read the festival rules here. Deadline: May 31st, 2013

GlobalGirl Summer Media Academy
Applications are now available for GlobalGirl's two summer media academies! The academies, which will be held in July, are open to teen girls in Los Angeles and Chicago. View the application here.
Deadline: May 24th, 2013

Building Bridges Grants Program
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will support nonprofit organizations (with annual budgets above $250,000) to plan and implement cultural programs intended to increase understanding of contemporary Muslim cultures through arts or media-based experiences. More information on eligibility and application process here. Organizations interested in applying must first submit an electronic postcard of intent to apply (in order for the foundation to identify appropriate reviewers), followed by a letter of interest (1,000 word maximum) through the foundation’s online system. Electronic Postcard deadline: May 31, 2013, 4pm EDT

IFP Spotlight on Documentaries
The Spotlight on Documentary section of the Independent Film Week Project Forum presents Feature Works-in-Progress only. This includes a range of documentaries from those in the earliest stage of production to documentaries at the rough or final cut stage. For Spotlight on Documentaries we select work from both veteran documentarians and emerging talent. Projects are selected on artistic merit and the potential of the project to benefit from the Spotlight on Documentaries program.
Late Deadline: May 24th, 2013

San Diego Asian Film Festival
Named by USA Today as one of the 10 reasons to visit San Diego, the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), a non-profit media arts organization specializing in Asian and Asian American cinema. Learn more about how to submit your film here.
Deadline: May 24th, 2013

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Grant Opportunity
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a $5,000 (USD) grant to a single, completed "short-short" documentary film project. All entries must be individual, stand-alone documentary films between 10 and 20 minutes in length and completed no earlier than November 15, 2011. The grant is open to up-and-coming, non-professional filmmakers and directors. Participants must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary filmmaking. For more on submission, rules and details, visit their website.
Deadline: May 31st, 2013

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Seeks Nominations for 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, is accepting nominations for its 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards. This prestigious grant supports social issue documentary film projects that are either a) thesis projects by students, or b) filmmakers’ final projects at media arts centers. This year, priority will be given to social justice films by Native/Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Grant amounts are contingent on the size of the project budget. For eligibility and application guidelines, visit this page. Postmark Deadline: June 1st, 2013
Jacob Burns Film Center

Grants and Calls

Jacob Burns Film Center Summer Teachers Institute
This summer, from July 29th through August 2nd, 2013, the JBFC is offering its Summer Teachers Institute, now expanded into a multi-disciplinary experience to serve educators at every grade level and across subject area. The expansive list of offerings will provide curriculum, strategies and resources for P-12 and across content areas such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Science. More information here.

Call for Papers: Youth Media Reporter
Youth Media Reporter is being relaunched and the journal invites articles and multimedia submissions for a special issue designed to reintroduce this vital resource for stakeholders in the youth media field. The journal
encourages papers from new practitioners and emerging scholars, as well as established, pioneering voices in the field of youth media, and we value equally contributions from youth media makers. All manuscripts and multimedia submissions are peer-reviewed. See Submission Guidelines here. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013.

2013 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length. A prestigious international jury will select three winners in three age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL+ 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in December 2013. Read more about how to submit your videos here.
Deadline: June 30th, 2013

Union Docs Collaborative Studio
CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings, and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists. 
Resident Deadline: June 15th, 2013
General Deadline: July 1st, 2013

Project Look Sharp Summer Institute
This Summer Institute is an intensive, week-long media literacy course for teachers, support staff, college faculty, and other professionals working with students in an educational setting. The Institute runs July 29th through August 2nd, 2013. Participants receive applied and theoretical training in the theory and practice of media literacy, learn applications for digital technology, and work individually with a Project Look Sharp "coach" to develop and implement a media literacy integration project.
Deadline: July 12th, 2013
Nonprofit Technology Network

Upcoming NTEN

Webinar Series: Beyond the Letter, Beyond the Like
Wednesdays, May 22nd, May 29th, and June 5th • 11am

Webinar Series: Social Change Anytime Everywhere: Multichannel Strategies to Reach Your Mission
Thursdays, May 30th, June 6th, and June 13th • 11am

Webinar Series: Nonprofit Technology 101
Wednesdays, June 12th, 17th, and 26th • 11am

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