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Weekly News From the President: National Endowment for the Arts

Building documentary arts programs is an increasing focus of some community media organizations. It is also an area of practice we are trying to support at ACM. Now, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued a report highlighting one of those programs while looking at the State of Documentary in America.

State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit

The report grew out of an NEA Summit earlier this year looking at sustainability of the documentary field. It highlights how local government can support the creative economy and media making through education and vocational programs run by public access media. It specifically celebrates the work of the District of Columbia and their access provider DCTV.

The program, CECAP (Creative Economy Career Access Program), places interns at local media firms after they have gone through a paid intensive training at DCTV, leveraging the community-based media instruction at the facility and increasing opportunities for young people to go into careers in media making. By building more intensive training programs, and supporting beginning professional experiences, the program strengthens and diversifies the local economy in DC.

The NEA will feature a series of free webinar discussions about aspects of the report later this year.

Sincerely,
Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media