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eBulletin • July 2011

What's New at NAMAC

Robert Bedoya
White Paper: The Color Line and US Cultural Policy: An Essay With Dialogue, by Roberto Bedoya.  From time to time, NAMAC publishes white papers on issues of relevance to the cultural sector. Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, wrote a paper entitled, "The Color Line and US Cultural Policy," that we are offering as a downloadable pdf.

The Supreme Court sided with NAMAC, the Media Access Project, Fractured Atlas and Future of Music  in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association striking as unconstitutional California’s attempt to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. Our Policy Strategist Belinda Rawlins gathered reactions from Andrew Jay Schwartzman and Casey Rae-Hunter on this big win for Free Expression. Learn More.

We'd like to welcome our new summer intern Evie Yang to the NAMAC Team. Evie is a third year college student at the United International College in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China studying Arts Management. Evie will be helping us analyze data from our Mapping the Field project.

Advocacy Alert:  Last week the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee began the budget process for FY 2012 by approving a $20 million cut in funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). If enacted, this would be the deepest cut to the NEA in 16 years.  Send a message to your member of Congress today and tell them to reject these cuts! Learn More.

Please take a minute to fill out our Website Satisfaction Survey. We look forward to your feedback!

Did you miss our June Open Dialogue on Media Exhibition? Read a synthesis of the discussion written by Rachel Allen. 

Apply for our Capacity Building Support
NAMAC's Capacity Building Support program helps organizations plan for and invest in valuable capacity building projects. For 2011, there are two types of support available for NAMAC members: Organizational Planning Support and Study Trip Support. Deadline to apply: September 1, 2011. Read our guidelines and get more information.

Cece NoelFeatured Leader
Cece Hughley Noel is the Executive Director of Portland Community Media (PCM) and is responsible for overseeing all operations of the organization, including fiscal management, human resources, board governance and staff supervision. PCM provides training in video production for the general public, nonprofits and youth and programming for six cable channels in Portland, Oregon.  Cece became involved with PCM after producing a talk show for former Portland City Commissioner Dick Bogle in 1992 when she was a member of his staff. Cece has remained actively involved in advocacy and political action around issues of access, engagement and democracy. Read Cece's answers to our five questions.

Featured Organization
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center is New Jersey's only venue dedicated exclusively to the non-commercial exhibition of independent, classic, international, experimental, and progressive cinema. As a non-profit media arts center, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC provides an exhibition alternative to the dominant, industry-produced work which, bound by commercial constraints, has traditionally limited its audience's exposure to the full range of cinematic expression, underrepresented cultural perspectives, and critical inquiry. The bi-annual New Jersey Film Festival and New Jersey International Film Festival which are our primary showcases for outstanding films also offer filmmaking workshops taught by industry professionals. Read their answers to our five questions.
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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

Open Dialogue: Youth Media
July 21 • 10am Pacific

Webinar: NTEN Community Forum – A Conversation with IdeaEncore Network about Resource Sharing 
 • Free for NAMAC members
 • Register here.

Webinar: Using Events and Social Sharing for a Cause,  August 2nd, 11am
 • Free for NAMAC members
 • Register here.


Map of the Field
Open Dialogue Archives


Q + A

Five Questions with Ben Sheldon, Program Director at The Transmission Project. Sheldon discusses the end of the Transmission Project.


Graham Leggat is stepping down from his position at The San Francisco Film Society, where he has served as Executive Director since October 2005. Read Graham Leggat's Farewell Message

From the Blog

Americans for the Arts: Scenes from San Diego: Free Press Outreach Manager Candace Clement writes about her trip to this year's Americans for the Arts Convention. Coming from a media and technology policy background, she talks about how arts policy is a new and exciting space for her.

From the Blog

In Search of the Ideal Media Experience: NAMAC Blogger and Co-curator of the upcoming NAMLE Film Festival Amy Puffenberger considers the criteria for creating the "ideal media experience".


Funding for Community Arts Journalsm: The Knight Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have launched a new community arts journalism competition. They are seeking ideas from individuals and organizations in eight U.S. cities for the development of new, sustainable models for arts journalism. Application deadline is August 18.

Funding for Emerging California Arts Leaders:  Arts administrators, artists and board members between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for NextGen Arts Professional Development Grants, which provide up to $1000  for eligible individuals to take workshops, attend conferences or work with career coaches or management consultants. In order to be eligible, you must first take the NextGen Survey. 

Chris Barber

Our newest Featured Video comes to us from Spy Hop Productions, a youth media arts and education center located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each time Spy Hop publishes their newsletter, they put out a video profile of one of their students. What a great window into their youth production process! This profile spotlights Chris Barber who speaks enthusiastically about a few game design projects he's working on. Watch the video on our website.

Youth Media

Our Open Dialogue Live Chat: on Youth Media is happening on July 21st 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. Find out who's coming


 Future of Music Policy Summit (October 3-4) This year's Future of Music Policy Summit is a great opportunity to come together with musicians, policymakers, technologists and industry leaders to talk about the ins-and-outs of today’s music ecosystem.  Go to their website for more information.

Other Convenings

National Association for Media Literacy, Education Conference, July 22-25 (Philadelphia, PA)

Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference, July 27-30, (Tucson, AZ)

Open Video Conference,
September 10-11 (New York, NY)

NATOA's 31st Annual Conference: Gigabit Communities, September 20-23 (San Francisco, CA)

Grantmakers in the Arts 2011 Conference, Octber 9-12 (San Francisco, CA)

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