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eBulletin • June 2011

What's New at NAMAC

Jack WalshOur Recent Advocacy Work for Members by Jack Walsh
NAMAC's Executive Director Jack Walsh discusses the various policy and advocacy activities NAMAC has been involved with on our members' behalf during the second quarter of 2011.

Conference planning
Many of you have asked about when and where NAMAC’s next national conference will be.  We are currently narrowing down our potential conference cities and plan to announce our host city and conference dates in early July.  Currently, we are looking at times between August and October 2012 to hold our next convening.

Going to Alliance for Community Media Conference?
If you are attending the Alliance for Community Media Conference this July in Tucson, I will be speaking on a panel entitled But What About Grants? on Friday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m.  We will explore best practices in seeking grants to start new or grow existing projects at community media centers.  Please stop by and say hello.

Members-Only TeleSalon: How Ready Are You? Readiness Planning as a Leadership Activity
Register Now! Readiness planning is probably not the first thing on your to-do list today. Or tomorrow. But it should be - we all should be prepared with a Plan B in case we're hit by a small or large emergency that affects our operations.  Having a readiness plan is a type of insurance. Presented by Mollie Lakin-Hayes of South Arts. June 29 at 12:30pm PDT/3:30 EDT. Members, learn more and register.

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

Did you miss our May Blog Salon Networking Artists: Rethinking Artist Services in the 21st Century? Read this synthesis of the week-long discussion—not to be missed if you are working to support artists in any capacity.

JUST ANNOUNCED: 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.

Featured Leader
Kristen Fitzpatrick is the Public Exhibition and Acquisitions Manager at Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women. She currently heads the Acquisitions program at WMM, searching for powerful and innovative films to acquire. Kristen additionally manages all exhibition, booking films into festivals and museums worldwide. She is currently a board member of NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival, and a member of the screening committees for both the Student Academy Awards and the New York Asian American Film Festival. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is the biggest film nerd she knows. Read Kristen's answers to our six questions.

Museum of Fine Arts HoustonFeatured Organization
MFAH Films is the film department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Their mission states that "MFAH Films exhibits and promotes film and other moving image media as a fine and popular art, to as broad an audience as possible." It's accompanied by these goals: (1) Turning people on to the genius of film; (2) Delivering state-of-the-art presentation; (3) Responding to an evolving medium; (4) Stimulating discourse through the shared experience of watching films you could not see elsewhere on a big screen; and (5) Inspiring the next generation to value film and other moving image arts. Read their answers to our five questions.
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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.

Take a look at our member benefits.

Upcoming Events

Open Dialogue: Media Exhibition
June 16 • 1pam Pacific

Info Call for Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations
June 21  • 10am Pacific

Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations
Deadline to apply: July 8

Open Dialogue: Youth Media
July 21 • 10am

Peer Coaching Circle for Leadership Institute Alumni
Aug-Dec • Register here


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Open Dialogue Archives


The Positive Core of the Media Arts
Read the eight core values that underpin the work of media arts organizations, which surfaced through a series of Appreciative Inquiry sessions in eight cities.

Heinz College-NAMAC Scholarship
Did you know that Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College will award a scholarship to incoming students in the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program who are NAMAC members?  Pretty great, isn't it?  Get the details here. Unfortunately, Affiliate Members are NOT eligible.
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Five questions with Anne Bray, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Freewaves in Los Angeles, CA
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From the Blog

Breaking Through the Celluloid Ceiling with Media Literacy Education by Amy Puffenberger
NAMAC Blogger Amy Puffenberger analyzes how we promote media literacy education for women and girls.
Linda Blackaby

From the Blog

They Make It Look Easy: CIFF’s Lights! Camera! Action Steps! and more by Linda Blackaby
NAMAC Blogger Linda Blackaby writes about the Cleveland International Film Festival's innovative audience engagement strategies.
Brian Hearn

From the Blog

A Dream Walking by Brian Hearn
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Film Curator Brian Hearn explores his love for celluloid through recounting his experience loaning out a film print of a 1934 Popeye cartoon, A Dream Walking.
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Funding for Film Preservation: The National Film Preservation Foundation awards grants to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. Awards generally range from $1,000 to $15,000 in cash and/or laboratory services. Registration deadline is June 24, 2011. Go here to learn more.

Funding for Film Festivals: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grants are awarded for a variety of programs, and film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. Go here to learn more.
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The long-awaited FCC Report on the Future of Media titled, "The Information Needs of Communities" was released last week. You can download a copy of the 478-page report here. The FCC has provided a two-page summary of the report that you can download here.

Here is what our Policy Allies have to say:
IMAPCT: Deep Down
Featured Video

Deep Down: Make It Local, is part of the IMPACT video series, a collaborative project between Working Films and The Fledgling Fund that documents film campaigns that ignite social change. Deep Down is a documentary about an Appalachian community’s battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.  You can see from watching the video how Deep Down’s message can resonate with communities across the country that are also fighting the environmental abuses of the coal industry. Watch on YouTube.
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Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, June 16-18, San Diego, CA: The 2011 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is the one meeting where you will gain the professional development you need in local arts development, advancement, and policy and also connect with colleagues from across the country including local, state, regional, and national arts leaders. Can't make it to the convention? Don't worry! Americans for the Arts is introducing the next best thing: Convention on Demand. How cool is that? Go to their website for more information.

Other Convenings:
Allied Media Conference, June 23-26 (Detroit, MI)
Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference, July 27-30 (Tucson, AZ)
Open Video Conference, September 10-11 (New York, NY)
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Prometheus Radio Project invites your organization to spread the word about new opportunities for community radio. Media justice activists won a ten-year long campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act, creating the potential for thousands of new community radio station licenses across the country, including availability for the first time in big cities! As early as next year, there will be a one-time chance for community groups to apply for these community radio licenses. Spread the word so social justice groups and marginalized communities can begin the application process if they want a station. Go to to learn more and sign up to host an event in your community.
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