Have you ever found yourself wondering, hey, who makes those attention-grabbing images on the NAMAC site? Meet Sam Kaplan! Sam assembles and proofs NAMAC's eBulletins, maintains the NAMAC Job Bank and NTEN webinar listings, and designs graphics for namac.org. Sam is skilled in Adobe Creative Suite, email marketing clients, social media tools, and various web content management systems. Read this interview to learn more about Sam's commitment and service to the media arts.
The International Documentary Association (IDA), along with Film Independent (FIND), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Women Make Movies, National Alliance for Media Art and Culture (NAMAC) and the University Film and Video Association (UFVA), claimed victory after lending their names to an amicus brief filed last year on their behalf on a pro bono basis by entertainment attorney Michael C. Donaldson in support of the documentary film community in which it urged the United States Tax Court to recognize that documentary films are overwhelmingly undertaken in pursuit of profit.
NAMAC wishes to announce and congratulate the three new Board Members elected by our membership on February 29, 2012
Roberto Bedoya—Tucson, AZ
Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council
Cece Hughley Noel—Portland, OR
Executive Director, Portland Community Media
Co-Director, Termite TV Collective
Capacity means the ability to accomplish, change, remodel, or act on something that is a necessity, but often invisible because it is part of the operations or architecture of an organization. Since nonprofits must focus so intently on the work that becomes their public face, they do not have an easy ability to re-engineer the infrastructure hidden below. Since 1999, NAMAC has offered modest capacity building grants -- much like capital infusions to either start or complete a much-needed home improvement project.
I don’t regularly wake up at 3am anymore worrying about my organization like I used to. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night for other reasons, but not because of my job. I no longer feel the need to always focus on what NAMAC is lacking, or how to strive to get the “half-full glass” overflowing. I’ve been able to let go of the often exhausting sense that if I could just (fill in the blank), we would be more stable and more successful.