When I think about the importance of media and arts education, there is nothing more important than access; access to quality media and arts education for all individuals regardless of age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, etc. If you use media in any way, you should have access to some form of media literacy education. And, even if you don’t love art or aspire to become the next Andy Warhol, you should have access to some form of arts education.
Preserving community media outlets like Community Access TV is an important part of our media justice movement. These centers are unique spaces where community members can come together to build, to connect, to become media literate and create stories on their own terms. Localism is one fundamental principle of PEG, tens of thousands of hours of local content are being produced by stations on a weekly basis.
Public media is critical to filling the void left by commercial broadcasters. But several structural changes have threatened the ability of public media to thrive and provide local content.
Philadelphia’s independent film and video community has a flavor all its own, driven by community activism and a thriving creative culture. The emergence of PhillyCAM, after a decades-long grassroots campaign for public access television, typifies Phildadelphia’s community spirit.
Tribal lands are among the worst served communities in terms of telecommunications in the United States. According to a 2006 GAO report, only about 69% of households on tribal lands had telephone service in 2000.1
"If community radio geeks could have a holiday, it would certainly be celebrated with a barnraising."
The 2010 Biannual Facing Race national conference, held September 23-25 in Chicago, was both invigorating and inspiring. Presented by the Applied Research Center (ARC), the Facing Race Conference is a national event bringing together everyone from grassroots organizers to activists to academics to discuss race and politics. This year’s event included multiple films, live music, multimedia presentations, spoken word and poetry, and national level speakers.
NAMAC members weigh in on the best and worst of 2009: from work ethic to public media, web 2.0 projects to local organizing efforts.
Hear from Julia Kirt of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition on the 10 Worst Artist Excuses for Turning Proposals or Artwork in Late, read up on the top 10 download folder items that Belinda Rawlins of the Transmission Project keeps coming back to, and check out Patty Zimmerman's list of the best international multi-platform Web 2.0 projects of 2009.