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ACM Northeast Regional Updates and Conference & Tradeshow Recap  

Thanks again to all the ACM Members who attended the Northeast Regional Conference in Falmouth, MA this last week! Over 200 people and 40 vendors came to Cape Cod area for the event. A big thank you to Deb Rogers from Falmouth Community TV who hosted and organized the event. It was great to get a taste of the community (and the seafood) and catch up with people in the region.

I spoke at the event but just as importantly got a chance to thank Karen Hayden for her years of service as the Northeast Regional Chair.   Karen is stepping down from the post and Erica Jones will now be chair of the region. When I first became President of the ACM, Karen invited me to visit with folks in the Northeast states and her generosity and dedication has lightened the load for me, and for many other people who work with her! Thank you again, Karen!

I also got a chance to sit in with the Northeast Board of Directors this weekend.   It’s a dedicated group of volunteers from throughout the area. We had a chance to talk about education and membership initiatives coming up in 2018, including their Fall conference next year in Schenectady, NY. It should be great!

A Request from Brendon Allen of Democracy Now! 

We got a note this week from Brendon Allen, the Archives Manager at Democracy Now!, who works with a collective at Scribe Video Center:

In the fall of 2018, we are launching a traveling exhibition that will explore 50 years of participatory community media [1967-2017].

Participatory Community Media is work produced by community groups or individuals in which the subjects have authorship in exploring issues of concern. We are working closely with Dr. Patricia Zimmermann, screen studies professor at Ithaca College, who is co-curating this project.

We will select 36 films that cover six thematic titles in 90-minute programs.

These themes are as follows: Body Publics (health and LGBTQIA advocacy), Collaborative Knowledges (inter-generational dialogues and forgotten histories), Environments of Race and Place (immigration and racial identity), States of Violence (incarceration, police, and war), Turf (gentrification and homelessness), Wages and Work (jobs and unemployment).

We are hoping that these themes provide an overview of some of the major concerns of participatory community media.

I am writing to ask you if it’s a possibility for ACM to share their members contact list of U.S. community media makers in order to help us with curatorial research on the exhibit.

Thank you very much for your time and please let me know if you have questions.

Kind regards,
Brendan Allen

Democracy Now! Archivist
207 West 25th Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10001
212.431.9090 x8811

brendan@democracynow.org

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It sounds like a great project. If you can contact Brendan to get him in contact with producers in your area, or give him information about your archives to help the project, it would be great!

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