NAMAC's Regional Meetings provide a valuable opportunity for arts leaders to come together and benefit from the knowledge and support of their local peer networks. These events help strengthen relationships among participating groups, which increases their collective impact and sets the stage for future collaborations and partnerships.
Regional Meetings also inform NAMAC's research and advocacy work. These in-depth conversations add specific stories and knowledge to our understanding of the work we do as a field, thereby strengthening our collective voice in national discussions on media, arts and culture. Through our website and publications, NAMAC distributes this valuable information to practitioners, educators, policymakers, funders and the public--all who are essential allies in supporting our collective goals.
How It Works
Each year NAMAC conducts four Regional Meetings in cities across the U.S. The event is a three hour facilitated discussion run by a NAMAC staffmember and professional facilitator. NAMAC works with a local organization to host the event and help convene 10-20 peer organizations from the local area. Notes from the discussion are distributed to each of the participants and a summary of the findings for the entire year are shared with the public through NAMAC's website.
Reports from past Regional Meetings
The 2006-2007 Media Arts Regional Meetings aimed to validate and inspire participants’ understanding of the power of the media arts through exchanging stories, reflecting on their experiences, and surfacing the core values that underpin their work. Using an Appreciative Inquiry framework to exchange examples of “times we were at our best,” the gatherings surfaced seven themes or values—the positive core of the media arts. Findings available in The Positive Core of the Media Arts section.
The 2001-2005 Media Arts Regional Meetings discussed key trends impacting the media arts, considered the implications of these trends on the future practice of the field, and identified the type of support and assistance most needed by organizations given the environment. These findings are captured in the State of the Field reports.
Talk to Us
If you have questions about the NAMAC Regional Meetings, please contact Amanda Ault at amanda (at) namac.org or call (415) 431-1391 x303.
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The Professional Development Fund is supported, in part, by The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.