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eBulletin • June 2012

NAMAC Conference 2012

Registration is now open for Leading CreativelyNAMAC's 2012 Conference, and, like it says above, register by July 31st for our Early Bird rate.

We are looking for feedback and participation around the following activities and topics—if you have something to share and want to get involved, email us at
  • Screening Room Curators: Help curate and showcase film and video produced by the NAMAC community and beyond.
  • Artists as Leaders: We're looking for representatives of organizations led by artists, and for artists who have carved their own path.
  • Networked Nonprofits and Collaboration: What's the theory and practice of deep nonprofit partnerships, according to your experience? How are you working with your peers in the nonprofit sector, but outside your own organization?
  • Creative Placemaking: Cultural real estate, municipal policy, gentrification, economic opportunity—it's all in play in the complex world of Creative Placemaking. If you are involved with any of these issues, we want to hear from you.
  • Mobile Media: As it grows more sophisticated, organizations, artists and producers are discovering new ways to use mobile media, and are achieving sometimes-unexpected results. What are your experiences and innovations?
  • Supporting Independent Production: How can institutions support independent producers? How are independent producers advancing their work?
  • Narrative Evolution: How are narrative methodologies evolving with technological and social change?
  • Media, Visual Arts and Citizen Movements: In the era of #Occupy, the arts and media technologies have played decisive roles in activating participation. Share your theory and practice with NAMAC!
  • The Commons: At a time of expanded privatization and commercial control of cultural assets, extending and defending the Commons is increasingly important to the independent media and visual-arts sectors. What challenges and opportunities do you face?
  • Media Literacy: Influence messaging is growing ever-more sophisticated, and proliferating through diverse media. How do we make sense of the world in such a saturated media environment? How is your organization teaching and applying media literacy in your programmatic practice?
  • What else ya got? If you're breaking ground with activities and ideas that aren't listed above—NAMAC wants to know!
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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

NTEN Webinar: No Small Thing: How a Microsite Can Achieve Big Goals for Your Nonprofit!
Tuesday, June 19th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NTEN Webinar: Is It Time to Rethink Your Website?
Wednesday, June 20th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NTEN Webinar: 2012 Benchmarks Extra: Facebook
Tuesday, June 26th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NTEN Webinar: All Aboard! Avoiding Tech Project Derailments
Wednesday, June 27th • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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From the Blog

Story Seeds: Henri & Me
By Arlene Goldbard

At the beginning of March, I entered into a new and exciting partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling to create StoryLab (working title), an R&D wing embodying the power of story to help bring about a democratic and sustainable future.
To prepare for our partnership, I'd already interviewed staff members, read a mountain of history, and watched a remarkable range of first-person stories sculpted from individual narratives, photographs, letters, home movies, music, and other bits of visual and auditory information. But until now, I'd never had the experience of making a digital story myself. Read more.
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In response to a lawsuit filed against Dish Network and its "Hopper" DVR technology, which makes it easier to skip commercials on recorded shows, Public Knowledge has posted a letter asking CBS, Fox, and NBC to "stop trampling innovation" and leave Dish and its users alone, noting that viewers' rights to record television and skip commercials have been recognized and affirmed ever since the 1984 Betamax Supreme Court case. Sign here.
Transom Story Workshop


The Transom Story Workshop has a June 15th application deadline for its Fall 2012 session. The workshop will take place in Woods Hole, MA and run October 1st through November 30th. The cost is $6,500, which includes a Hindenberg Journalist license and a one-year account with the Public Radio Exchange. Click here to apply.

There are new guidelines for the Alliance for California Traditional Arts' Apprecticeship Program, Living Cultures Grant Program, and Traditional Arts Development Program. Both the Apprenticeship Program ($3,000 contracts) and the Living Cultures Grant Program (up to $7,500 grants) have a July 16th deadline; the Traditional Arts Development Program (up to $1,500 contracts) is accepting rolling applications. Read more.

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has grants totaling over $500,000 available for individual artist fellowship programs in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. Application deadlines are August 1st for Delaware, July 27th for Maryland, and July 16th for New Jersey. Click here for more information on the grants.

The Jerome Foundation will award six to nine production and post-production grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to emerging film and videomakers as part of the 2012 Minnesota Film and Video Grant Program. Deadline for applications is July 20th. Read more here. 


The 8th annual Games+Learning+ Society Conference begins June 13th and runs through the 15th at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Register here or read more here.

New York University's Skirball Center hosts the 9th annual Games for Change FestivalJune 18th, 19th, and 20th. Register here or click here to read more.
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