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eBulletin • May 2012

NAMAC Conference 2012
Your panel and workshop proposals for the 2012 NAMAC conference are welcome! The conference happens September 6th through 8th, this year in Minneapolis, and your participation will make it a vital event at a time of profound change in the media and visual arts field.

Technology is accelerating. Participation is increasing. New generations are bringing new ideas into play. The two-day NAMAC gathering will dig into the real impacts of these fast-moving trends. Please send your proposals for events, activities, workshops, panels and working groups to, and help define this moment of opportunity.

Plus: curious about previous NAMAC conferences? Check out the redesigned Past Conferences page. Info about CommonWealth, the 2009 NAMAC Conference, is available here, including video recordings of all the keynote speeches.

Americans for the ArtsArts Advocacy Day 2012
Executive Director Jack Walsh and Policy Strategist Belinda Rawlins went to Washington, D.C. last month for Arts Advocacy Day 2012Jack and Belinda joined the California and Massachusetts state delegations to meet with staff from the offices of Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Representatives Michael Capuano and Bill Keating, advocating for increased NEA funding and net neutrality, and requesting public interest representation when the next version of web-focused intellectual property legislation is developed.

Check out Alec Baldwin's speech for the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy here, and read more here from the Americans for the Arts blog.

NAMAC Is Hiring
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture has a current staff opening for a Program and Media Services ManagerThe Program and Member Services Manager oversees all NAMAC programs and manages NAMAC's membership. This position develops and implements programs that support the organizations capacity of NAMAC members and strengthens their connection to regional and national networks. See full job description here for more information.
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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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Amy Puffenberger

From the Blog

How Education Can Save Us from the Digital Divide
By Amy Puffenberger

When I think about the importance of media and arts education, there is nothing more important than access; access to quality media and arts education for all individuals regardless of age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, etc.

And, even if you don’t love art or aspire to become the next Andy Warhol, you should have access to some form of arts education. It’s true, arts education isn’t just about training artists, it has many other cognitive benefits as well. Read more.
Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition


The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration host Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions for Communities and Anchor Institutions this May 23rd and 24th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Register here and read more here.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


Organizations' Intent to Apply forms are due June 1st for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Doris Duke Artist Residencies. The program will award grants totaling up to $1.5 million to at least 50 residencies for artists at dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and service organizations. More information here.

Register by June 1st to apply for the National Film Preservation Foundation's Basic Preservation Grants program. Awards generally range from $1,000 to $15,000 are available to public and nonprofit institutions that offer public access to their collections. Read more.

Applications are due June 6th for the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program. The program will award grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000 to writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art; grant categories are Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. Read more here.

The Turkey Land Cove Foundation is accepting applications (due June 15th) to participate in its fall retreat session. The Foundation covers room, board, and transportation expenses to support women working to meet their artistic, educational, or professional goals. Learn more here.

Applications for the Bay Area Video Coalition's Producers Institute for New Media Technologies are due June 15th. Applicants must be filmmakers working on social issue documentary projects and must apply with partner organizations that already work with communities the filmmakers seek to engage. More information is available here.

Film festivals occuring during the 2013 calendar year are eligible for up to $30,000 (depending on festival budget) as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film Festival Grants program. Applications are due June 27thclick here to learn more.
National Endowment for the Arts

In 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts changed its "Arts on Radio and Television" grant category to "Arts in Media"; now falling under the NEA's Art Works program, the grant has a new deadline (August 9th) and revised guidelines. Read more here, or listen to a recording of an NEA webinar about the change here.

On April 19th, the U.S. Tax Court cleared filmmaker Lee Storey of $300,000 in owed income taxes, ruling that her work on the documentary Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story should be considered for-profit, and that she was right to write off her losses from making the film. Attorneys from the International Documentary Association had filed an amicus brief in favor of Storey, in conjunction with NAMAC and a series of other film and media organizations. Read more here and here.

The Public Media Scan is a free weekly email from Association of Independents in Radio Media Strategist Jessica Clark that showcases "inventive public media makers and projects," culled from more than 200 websites and blogs that cover journalism, storytelling, documentary, and sound. Sign up here.

The Center for Social Media released its latest report, Public Television Viewers and Public-Purpose Programming, last month. The study, by Center director Pat Aufderheide and graduate fellow Echo Xie, analyzes viewers' responses to Kartemquin Films' open letter to PBS asking for the reistatement of Independent Lens and POV in prime-time schedule blocks. Read the report here.

Sparkwise is a free new cloud-based measurement tool from the Bay Area Video Coalition and design agency Tomorrow Partners that tracks online presence across multiple web platforms. Check it out here.
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