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eBulletin • May 2011

What's New at NAMAC
Welcome to the new eBulletin! We're really excited to bring you a new, cleaner look using a brand new mail service which we hope will improve the deliverability of our great content. What else is new at NAMAC?

Networking Arists: Rethinking Artist Services in the 21st Century
For one week, artists and arts leaders will dialogue about artist services as it's being practiced today. The many opportunities that come with the new digital economy present new challenges for artists and the organizations that serve them. Each leader has invited artists who work with their organization to join the salon. Learn more about the event and Be sure to stop by the blog May 23-27 for our week-long blog salon.

Mollie Lakin-Hayes
Members-Only TeleSalon: How Ready Are You? Readiness Planning as a Leadership Activity
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.

Open Dialogue Artist Services Transcripts Available Online
In April, 9 NAMAC members participated the Open Dialogue Artist Services live chat. Browse the transcript here.

Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations
Our new guidelines for the NAMAC Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organization July 8.

Maria VenutoFeatured Leader
Maria Elena Venuto: is Executive Director of The Standby Program, a New York City based non-profit that provides artists and cultural organizations with media post-production and preservation services. A innovative model for the field, Standby partners with private sector post-production facilities to provide access to high-end technology at low rates. Prior to relocating to NYC in 1992, Maria was the Technical Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. As a film and videomaker, she has created over a dozen film and video projects, which have been broadcast and screened at film festivals internationally. Read Maria's answers to our 6 questions.

Featured Organization
IFP Minnesota's mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing their work. IFP Media Arts envisions a world where expression through images is encouraged and valued. It is the goal of IFP Media Arts to lead the way in supporting the independent filmmaker by creating a healthy and viable filmmaking community in Minnesota. See the full profile.
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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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Upcoming Events

Open Dialogue: Community Media Centers

May 19 • 10am

Networking Artists Blog Salon
May 23-27

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


Map of the Field

Open Dialogue Archives


Strategic Planning Toolkit

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 H. John Heinz III College will award a scholarship (at least $6,000 per semester) 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.

From the Blog

"Mike and Miranda" by Brian Hearn. Brian Hearn, Film Curator at the Oklahoma City Musueum of Art, explores the personal and artistic romance between filmmakers Mike Mills and Miranda July. They first met on the set of Blonde Redhead video “Top Ranking”, and are both coming out with extraordinary films this summer: Beginners and The Future.  Hearn talks about how both films, centered around the drama of relationships, are both bizarre and fascinating.

5 Question Q+A

Ernesto Olivo is a Mexican immigrant from Nueva Rosita Coahuila. As a long time community organizer, he works with The Media Justice League, a local media justice grassroots organization. He is part of Local 782, a San Antonio music coalition group of musicians and is currently doing art education in public schools for Artpace as an Associate Educator. He has played in many bands and manages the band Pop Pistol. He is a contemporary artist and uses his work to talk about multicultural and ethnic issues. Read his Q+A.

Member News

The Transmission Project Closes for Good: After ten years of providing capacity building assistance to the nation’s media arts and technology organizations, NAMAC member the Transmission Project will be saying adieu. The Transmission Project operates the Digital Arts Service Corps, which places AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers with media arts organizations across the country to conduct yearlong capacity building projects. As of August 13, 2011, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, will no longer provide funding for the Project. Read the full story.


New Media Arts Guidelines from the NEA: All project types that were previously eligible remain eligible. In addition, the expanded category now includes: all available media platforms such as the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television; media projects that can be considered works of art. See more updates to the program by going here.
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Alternative Business Models for Arts Organizations: The week of May 16th ARTSblog will focus on examples of changes in the nonprofit model and some of the reasons the field is constantly looking for a better way to conduct business. They've got a bevvy of writers and thinkers participating, including Janet Brown from Grantmakers In the Arts, James Undercofler of Drexel University, and Helena Fruscio of the Berkshire Creative Ecomony Council.  Visit the blog here.


Open Video Confernece, Sept. 10-11, New York, NY: Open video is about building a future in which everyone is empowered to make and share video. It’s about making web video something more than “internet TV.” It’s about connecting video to the rest of the technologies that make up the open web, and empowering a more participatory culture. And the Open Video Conference is about helping this vision become a reality.

Other Convenings:
36th Annual Community Radio Conference June 1-4 (San Francisco, CA)
Allied Media Conference, June 23-26 (Detroit, MI)
Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference, July 27-30 (Tucson, AZ)
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BAVC appoints Marc Vogl as New Executive Director: Marc comes to BAVC from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where he served as a Program Officer in the Performing Arts. At The Hewlett Foundation Marc managed operating, facility and capacity building grants to arts and arts-education organizations throughout the Bay Area, and led the Foundation's work to promote next generation leadership in the arts sector. Read the full press release.
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