On State & Main: Plenary Discussion

The title of this year’s conference — State & Main — evokes an idea of intersections. Not least of which, the intersection of ACM and NAMAC on the occasion of this unprecedented and historic convening. But more, the intersection of art and policy, of networks, communities, and generations. Join us on Friday August 8 at 9am in this Plenary, as we hear from some of today’s most forward-thinking thought leaders on what “State and Main” means to them. What are some of the most important issues that we are facing at the juncture of policy and media, as we build community in a new digital age?

We’re so excited to host the following visionaries in this dialogue:

Malkia Amala Cyril

malkiaMalkia Cyril is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ), launched in 2008 to strengthen the media activism and communications capacity of grassroots social justice movements. For the past 15 years, Malkia’s award-winning work has empowered local social justice leaders and organizations with the skills and strategies they need to navigate the complex media environment of the 21st century. Appearances include News for All the People: the Epic Story of Race and the American Media, the New York Times, Politico, Huffington Post, Media Matters, Democracy Now!, Essence Magazine, Village Voice, the Advocate, the SF Chronicle and documentaries including Outfoxed, Broadcast Blues, and Miss Representation.

 Alyce Myatt

Alyce Myatt

Now an award-winning consultant, Alyce Myatt’s career reflects the intersection of media and philanthropy. She recently served as Director, Media Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts where she expanded funding to include app development and video games. Prior to the NEA, Alyce was the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media. She served as a Program Officer for Media at the MacArthur Foundation and as Director of Children’s Programming and later Vice President of Programming at PBS. Alyce began her career producing for both adults and children with projects ranging from investigative reports to children’s series.

Sean McLaughlin

sean_mclaughlin_nov2011Sean Taketa McLaughlin has been credited as “Father of Community Access TV” in Hawai’i for his various roles in helping to organize diverse community support and to adopt the laws and regulations for community media in the Islands.

From student radio shows to launching LPFM stations, and from international PBS programs to local community TV and broadband, he’s been involved in the field making media, shaping policy and making change.

Most recently he is cultivating Digital Redwoods at Access Humboldt in Eureka, on the North Coast of California.

Community Filmmaking Project at State & Main

As media makers, let’s make media!

Take Out Your Cameras for Capture: A Community Filmmaking Project™! Join fellow Conference attendees and community members in Philadelphia to participate in Capture. Created by The Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga, TN (AVA), Capture is a crowd sourced filmmaking project that joins community members with local filmmakers, editors and musicians to create a dynamic mini-film about a place or an event. Help create a film about our great host city, Philadelphia, and all the inspiring media makers and arts professionals you meet while you’re here!

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, as you’re interacting with colleagues and ideas, record one (or two!) 30-second video clips relevant to a theme which we will announce during Wednesday’s opening reception at the Asian Arts Initiative.

You can record these straight from your phone or iPad. Don’t worry about production quality. Just focus on ideas, inspiration, and creative ingenuity!

Upload your clips to our secure FTP site by late afternoon on Thursday. You can upload straight from your laptop or mobile device, or transfer the footage through our ingest station in the Conference Maker Space.

Attend the awards luncheon Friday and see the clips transformed into a beautiful expression of our collective voice and impact!

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Keynote State & Main Conference

ACM and NAMAC are proud to announce that FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will serve as the opening Keynote Speaker for State & Main 2014. Join us!

Commissioner Clyburn began her service as a Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission in August of 2009. She was sworn in for a second term on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate. Commissioner Clyburn is the first African American woman to serve as an FCC Commissioner.

In 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, becoming the first woman ever to helm the FCC.

Commissioner Clyburn served on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina for eleven years and served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

She served as the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.

Commissioner Clyburn’s background and interests in the need for diversity of voices and expression have been reflected in her tireless support of consumer interests during her tenure at the FCC. Her experience provides a direct connection between her work as a publisher and the work that community media arts organizations and artists care about.

This is, excitingly, the first joint national conference for both ACM and NAMAC and the first time that an FCC Commissioner has addressed their conferences. Register today!

National Youth Media Network: A Pre-conference Strategy Summit

Co-Sponsored by Youth Media Reporter

Youth media educators, artists, producers, organizers, and funders are invited to convene in a youth media pre-conference event and collaborate in nurturing a coordinated National Youth Media Network. This Network was born out of the NAMAC conference in 2012 and has since grown to include over 100 youth media practitioners and nonprofits arts leaders who sense great value in cooperation and resource sharing. Together we can build a plural strategy that helps our communities address shifting technologies and landscapes, economic disruptions, and the continued corporatization of culture, media, and public space.

We invite stakeholders within the youth media community to join us for this pre-conference Strategy Summit on Wednesday August 6th from 12 – 5pm EST. The Summit will include a BYO Brown Bag Networking Lunch (12 – 1pm EST); a conversation facilitated by Jason Wyman and designed to develop strategic next steps for advancing the National Youth Media Network; and the creation of media. Bring your lunch*, your ideas and connections, an open and cooperative mind, and whatever camera you have!

Register here to join us at this important convening!

We encourage you to keep others in the field engaged in this dynamic conversation by using the twitter hashtag #youthmediamatters during the Summit.

*Box lunches available for purchase on-site at the hotel.

Conference Scholarships for Arts Leaders in Pennsylvania

Through the generous support of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, NAMAC and ACM will provide ten travel stipends of $250 each to Pennsylvania media arts leaders to attend State & Main 2014.

Apply here!

Stipends will be paid as reimbursement for travel expenses and/or lodging at The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel only. Stipends will be paid upon submission of a reimbursement form and receipts for expenses paid to attend the Conference.

The application deadline is rolling until all ten stipends are awarded.

Reimbursements will be available after August 15, 2014.

Discounted Fest pass to BlackStar Film Festival

BSFF14 sans text(1)If you can fly to Philadelphia a few days early, make a point to check out the nationally acclaimed BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia (July 31 – August 3).

Through July 30th, NAMAC and ACM members receive 20% off the price of a festival pass. Simply enter BLKSTR14-NAMC to receive your discount.

Purchase your discounted Festival pass!

The 3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context. Check out this year’s Festival program.