eBulletin • September 2012
Leading Creatively, the 2012 NAMAC national conference, blossomed in Minneapolis from September 6th through 8th, featuring dozens of panels, art, performance, tours, screenings, local culture and lots of vision from hundreds of participants from around North America.
The conference was an almost organic expression of the remarkable, but interwoven, diversity of the media arts ecosystem, and of NAMAC’s membership. Every single contributor opened a window looking out over a distinct aspect of the growing media/arts field—placemaking, youth media, new nonprofit networks, decentralization, open-source technology, D.I.Y. culture and community, and so much more.
Our conversations about these expanded horizons have only just begun. Over the next few months, NAMAC will continue to explore these topics through our online community, our extensive network and our diverse informational and convening programs.
We invite you to join us in this ongoing conversation as NAMAC works to strengthen and support you, your organization, and your media arts practice. Together we can continue to lead creatively!
Josh Wilson, Conference Producer
NAMAC 2012 participants and presenters: help us keep the momentum alive and our services fresh by taking a moment to fill out our follow-up survey—no later than Wednesday, September 26th
Nostalgic for Minneapolis? See the beautiful landscapes and artscapes on NAMAC’s instagram: National_Media_Arts
. Thanks a million to Dave Schroeder, founder and producer of the wildly successful Eyeo Festival
, for his impeccable insta-grammatic skills!
Also, click on the image above and revisit Vanessa Voskuil and John Koch's short dance film throne/thrown
, which screened during the opening night ceremonies at Walker Art Center.
Finally, have you witnessed the incredible ingenuity of the young media makers who joined NAMAC 2012 and shot four films of their experiences
? Thanks to the great facilitators at Twin Cities Youth Media Network
for organizing such an impressive creative effort!
Conference Family News
The deadline for the James River Film Society's 2012 James River Shorts Film Festival
is fast approaching—September 30th! And this year, thanks to our friends at the James River Film Society, NAMAC members receive a "friends of the James River Fest" submission discount! Click here to redeem this discount and for submission guidelines
Photos by Jamie Francis. Courtesy NAPT/Vision Maker Media.
NAMAC wishes to thank all of our exceptional funders, sponsors, and Host Committee members. Please visit our conference site
for a full list of this powerful army without whose extensive efforts, NAMAC 2012 would not have been possible. Thank you.
In this list of indispensable supporters, we also wish to include our dear friends at Native American Public Telecommunications
. NAPT hosted a large pre-conference event that helped introduce several, nationally renowned artist professionals to the NAMAC community. NAPT also generously funded six scholarships to fully support Native media professionals in attending NAMAC 2012. Read more about NAPT here
, and stay tuned to the NAPT website for reflections on NAMAC 2012 from conference attendees.
NAMAC 2012 Buzz
We are delighted to see the Leading Creatively conversations continuing through several great postings in the blogosphere. You too can join the ongoing conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #namac12.
Occupy Wall Street and the 99%—Celebrating One Year of Arts, Culture, and Media in Movement Building
“Our panel focused on how folks were creating their own media and distributing them to amplify marginalized voices. I was once again reminded of the power of arts and culture in telling the stories of the 99%.” (by Betty Yu, Membership Organizer, Center for Media Justice)
Blogging the NAMAC Panel: Public Enemy and Private Intermediaries
“One of the things that makes both studying (and fighting) censorship in the 21st century so interesting (and difficult) is the ways in which it confounds traditional regulatory frameworks.” (by Chris Peterson, MIT Center for Civic Media, National Coalition Against Censorship)
Arts and Crowdfunding: Recap of NAMAC 2012 Conference
“For anyone interested in either funding the arts or raising funds for their own artistic projects, there were good lessons to be taken from this event.” (by Kurt Kohlstedt, Executive Editor, Webist Publishing and Misnamed Media)
NAMAC and a World in Transformation
"With an arsenal of new comrades and insights for making media that cuts through the oppressive frequencies of the dominant culture, I look forward to continuing this work on the shoulders of media justice giants before me." (by Erick Boustead, Co-Director, Line Break Media)
Roadtrip to NAMAC
Erica met with organizational counterparts and individual documentary filmmakers in at least five cities while en route to Leading Creatively. She blogged about these visits on the Docs in Progress blog. (by Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director, Docs in Progress)
is the deadline for the American Council of Learned Societies
' eighth annual Digital Innovation Fellowships
. Up to six fellows will receive stipends of up to $60,000 and project funding of up to $25,000 for "digitally baed research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences."
Applications are open for the Media Ideation Fellowship
's inaugural class of Media Ideation Fellows
. Cash stipends of $12,000 (for individuals with advanced degrees) or $30,000 (for those beginning their careers), as well as other resources, will be awarded to five young innovators with big ideas for developing technology to advance social change. Applications are due on October 8th
Letters of inquiry will be accepted until November 1st
's third round of creative placemaking funding
. Grants of up to $1 million will be awarded to projects nationwide with "arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy."
The Tribeca Film Institute
's Documentary Fund
will award grants of at least $10,000 to filmmakers with "exceptional character-drive, nonfiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape and aim to take audiences into someone else's environment." Apply by November 5th.
There is also a November 5th
deadline for Tribeca
's Sloan Filmmaker Fund
. Filmmakers working on "innovative and compelling narrative featurs that offer a fresh take on scientific, mathematic, and technological themes" are eligible for grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.
New Media Manager, Community Media Workshop
(Chicago, IL)—due September 21st
Audio/Video Consultant, PEN American Center
(New York, NY)—due September 30th
Studio Facilitator and Producer, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
(New York, NY)—due September 30th
Programmer/TV Producer, Somerville Community Access Television
(Somerville, MA)—due October 10th
City Artists in Residence, Public Art St. Paul
(St. Paul, MN)—due October 15th
Executive Director, St. Paul Neighborhood Network
(St. Paul, MN)—due October 22nd
Open until filled:
Documentary Film Instructor, Spy Hop Productions
(Salt Lake City, UT)
Door-to-Door Supervisor, StoryCorps
Executive Director, Park City Film Series
(Park City, UT)
Managing Editor, Independent Television Service
(San Francico, CA)
Marketing Manager, Women Make Movies
(New York, NY)
Research and Social Media Intern, Chimpanzee Productions
Youth Media Coordinator, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn