ABOUT

The Name Change

Beginning January 1, 2017, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, known as NAMAC, becomes The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture, known as The ALLIANCE. We are thrilled to have a name that honors our history, is easier to pronounce correctly, not an acronym, and transcends geographical boundaries!

We are gearing up for an incredible year—providing support to the media arts field, deepening the cultural impact of artists and arts organizations, facilitating collaborative and multigenerational work across sectors, enabling access to innovation, and advocating for freedom of expression and sustainability. Our commitment to creative leadership, equity and inclusion is unflagging, and we believe that this work matters now more than ever.

  • Mission

    The ALLIANCE facilitates collaboration, strategic growth, innovation and cultural impact for the media arts field.

  • Vision Statement

    The ALLIANCE believes in a world where media artists and organizations are essential and undeniable leaders in a thriving global community.

Core Values

The ALLIANCE for Media Arts + Culture is committed to facilitating innovation, collaboration, strategic growth and cultural impact for the media arts field in the US and around the world. Through a suite of forward-thinking and inclusive programs, we hold space for a dynamic network of artists and organizations committed to powerful creative storytelling as an engine for transformation and the collective imagination. We work to preserve and celebrate diverse cultures, and champion free expression as the common language of a democratic society.

Artists and storytellers speak truth to power and light the candles in dark times. We hold strong to these values through the work we do, the stories we tell, and the relationships we nurture:

  • Community: fostering deep connections and meaningful collaboration
  • Creativity: celebrating beauty and imagination in artistry and civic action
  • Equality: prioritizing parity, social justice and human rights
  • Integrity: making a commitment to principled engagement and rigorous analysis
  • Inclusion: promoting democratic ideals and participatory access
  • Openness: encouraging free expression and innovation
  • Story: inspiring empathy, dialogue and the exchange of knowledge

History

The ALLIANCE was founded in 1980 by an eclectic group of media arts organization leaders who realized they could strengthen their social and cultural impact by working as a united force. Their idea was as bold as it was simple: to create a national organization that would provide support services to its institutional members, and advocate for the field as a whole. Since its founding, The ALLIANCE has worked to raise the profile and influence of the media arts on behalf of its growing and changing membership. Today, The ALLIANCE welcomes individuals across disciplines, local, regional and national media nonprofits, international NGOs and strategic partners from all sectors as we move into a collaborative, creative future.

Staff and Board

Wendy Levy

Wendy Levy

Executive Director
Wendy is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts And Culture. She is also the founder and director of New Arts Axis and a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
Kasandra VerBrugghen

Kasandra VerBrugghen

President, Board of Directors
Kasandra VerBrugghen is the Executive Director of Spy Hop Productions, a youth media organization in Salt Lake City dedicated to empowering young people through the digital media arts.
Eric Doversberger

Eric Doversberger

Vice President, Board of Directors
Eric Doversberger is a manager and technology strategist on Google’s People Analytics team, with deep specialization in interactive data visualization.
Anula Shetty

Anula Shetty

Secretary, Board of Directors
Anula Shetty is an award-winning filmmaker and co-director of Termite TV Collective, a group of video artists who produce experimental and activist media.
Mary Tahui An

Mary Tahui An

Board of Directors
Mary Tahui An is the Senior Director of Africa Programs at Sesame Workshop.
Amanda McDonald Crowley

Amanda McDonald Crowley

Board of Directors
Amanda McDonald Crowley is the consulting Curator for Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
N’Jeri Eaton

N’Jeri Eaton

Board of Directors
N'Jeri Eaton is the Senior Manager of Programming Acquisitions at National Public Radio (NPR) where she is charged with sourcing new content, partnerships and talent.
Brian Frye

Brian Frye

Board of Directors
Professor Frye joined the faculty of University of Kentucky in 2012. He teaches Civil Procedure, Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Nonprofit Organizations. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law.
Gita Pullapilly

Gita Pullapilly

Board of Directors
Gita Pullapilly was recently selected as one of Variety’s “10 Directors To Watch” for 2013 for her narrative feature directorial debut, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY.
Casey Rae

Casey Rae

Board of Directors
Casey Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit education, research and advocacy organization for musicians.

Advisors

Nathalie Applewhite

Nathalie Applewhite

Advisory Group
Nathalie is the Managing Director of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. She has played a key role in the development of the Center's model and approach towards journalism initiatives and educational outreach.
Amikaeyla Gaston

Amikaeyla Gaston

Advisory Group
Amikaeyla Gaston is an award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI).
Anselm Hook

Anselm Hook

Advisory Group
Anselm Hook is an Augmented Reality developer at Samsung Accelerator. Working with a small team of artists, programmers and Computer Vision experts, he prototypes new hardware as a foundation for building new software experiences.
Nathaniel James

Nathaniel James

Advisory Group
Nathaniel James is the Founder of Philanthrogeek. He is a social entrepreneur, strategic consultant and activist across many fields and disciplines, including media & telecommunications, arts policy & advocacy.
Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Advisory Group
Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants.
Cece Hughley Noel

Cece Hughley Noel

Advisory Group
Cece Hughley Noel is the Executive Director of Portland Community Media. Cece has led PCM to develop innovative strategies to provide access to technologies, services and training to promote digital inclusion.
Gillian Caldwell

Gillian Caldwell

Advisory Group
Gillian Caldwell is a strategist who helps non-profits, foundations, films and socially responsible corporations increase their impact.
Alex Sloan

Alex Sloan

Advisory Group
Alex serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Tides, which facilitates effective grantmaking programs for individual donors and institutions and also provides infrastructure and nonprofit management services to hundreds of nonprofit projects nationwide.
Syd Stewart

Syd Stewart

Advisory Group
Syd Stewart is the Founder and Executive Director of Better Youth, Inc., a creative arts mentoring agency for youth.

Rockefeller Foundation Panel for Data, Ethics and Community

Anna Lauren Hoffman

Anna Lauren Hoffman

I am a trans woman and scholar working at the intersections of information, technology, culture, and ethics. My research considers the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of social justice.
AnneMarie Cordeiro

AnneMarie Cordeiro

I am a UX designer with a passion for creating experiences that meet user needs in context—geographical, physical, emotional, intellectual—UX that satisfies, informs, and empowers without becoming a distraction.
Anselm Hook

Anselm Hook

Anselm Hook is a Canadian serial entrepreneur currently pioneering the field of Augmented Reality at groundbreaking startups like Dekko and Liminal. He previously worked at Palo Alto Research Center and regularly involves himself with community projects that bring social value through surprising perspectives.
Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda

I’m a serial entrepreneur and strategist obsessed with building capacity, assets and relevance with those whom are mission driven. My passion and experience are reflective of the work I’ve done with youth, homeless, educators, activists, storytellers, artists, technologists and broadcasters.
Michael Orange

Michael Orange

Michael is the Director of the Matatu Festival of Stories in Oakland, CA. He has been a purveyor of good culture and public/private space in developing communities for nearly 20 years.
Scott Shigeoka

Scott Shigeoka

I grew up in Hawaii. My first job was as a mango picker. Since then, life and purpose-driven work has taken me across the world. Now, I live in San Francisco. I like to freestyle rap, snowboard, rock climb, travel and dance. I’m the storyteller and community designer at OpenIDEO.
Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris is a Changemaker, working at the intersections of entrepreneurship, education & creative transformation. Zakiya is a co-founder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, Grind for the Green, Hack The Hood, Earthseed Consulting, and a Fellow of Green For All and Bold Food.

Consulting Producers, Mentors & Facilitators

Macky Alson

Macky Alson

Creative Leadership Lab
Macky Alston is Vice President for Strategy, Engagement and Media at Auburn Theological Seminary, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice in the media. Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and since then has served as its director, innovating a range of programs related to media and religion.
Mary Tahui An

Mary Tahui An

Board of Directors
Mary Tahui An is the Senior Director of Africa Programs at Sesame Workshop.
Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

HatchLabs
Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong creates structure through story, most recently designing a storytelling program at IDEO's open innovation community platform, OpenIDEO. She has designed and implemented projects on four continents in conjunction with USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford's d.school, DfID, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MIT, and Harvard.
Niema Jordan

Niema Jordan

Social Media
Niema Jordan is a writer, director, and producer from Oakland, CA. She is an associate producer at Trilogy Films, has worked on social media strategy for entrepreneurs, and serves on the board of directors for Camp Reel Stories.
Rose Kaplan

Rose Kaplan

Membership/Communications
Rose has consulted for The ALLIANCE since 2011. Previously, she developed youth and community media programs/partnerships at Access Humboldt (Eureka, CA) as a member of the Digital Arts Service Corps.
Megan A. Zebrowski

Megan A. Zebrowski

Membership/Communications
This is Megan's first year with the ALLIANCE. She has also been doing freelance film and video work in NYC since 2013, specializing in editing and post production.
Leah Mahan

Leah Mahan

Story Revivals
Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. Her most recent film, Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, is about a group of determined Mississippians struggling to save their endangered Gulf Coast community in the face of rampant development, industrial pollution and disaster.
Myah Overstreet

Myah Overstreet

Youth Engagement
Myah Overstreet is 19 years old and is currently studying English and Art at San Francisco State University. She fell in love with production, design, and writing in high school and has since worked on multiple projects designed to empower communities.
Gibrán Rivera

Gibrán Rivera

Creative Leadership Lab
Gibrán Rivera is an internationally renowned master facilitator who has devoted his life to work with those who are committed to social transformation. A former Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change, Gibran is the originator of The Thrive Workshop.
Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

Video Roundtables + Creative Leadership Lab
Melinda Weekes-Laidlow is the President of Weekes In Advance Enterprises, an organizational development firm offering consulting, facilitation, coaching and professional development services in arts and culture, social innovation, racial equity and collaborative leadership spaces.

Funders and Partners

Philadelphia Foundation
Fledgling Fund
National Endowment for the Arts
Media Democracy Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Warhol Foundation
Adobe Foundation

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