The Alliance facilitates collaboration, strategic growth, innovation and cultural impact for the media arts field.
The Alliance believes in a world where media artists and organizations are essential and undeniable leaders in a thriving global community.
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
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.
Wendy is the Executive Director of the 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.
Andy Beach works at Microsoft as a Principal SDE with the Communications and Media Team. With more than 20 years of experience, Andy Beach is a respected industry voice in online video and streaming media. Founder and Principal at Techgeist, Inc., Andy consults with companies that touch every part of the Over The Top distribution...
Emily Verellen Strom is a senior media executive with fifteen years of diverse experience developing stories, curating content, building partnerships and creating social action strategy. In addition to running a strategy consulting agency, Emily was co-founder of The Helm, a community and venture fund reimagining how people invest in female entrepreneurs. From 2008-2017, Emily was Senior Director of Programs...
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, among many others. Chris is the creator of the Question Bridge project and co-Director w/ Hank Willis Thomas...
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.
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.
Gita Pullapilly is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and director known for her intimate and authentic storytelling. Pullapilly and her film partner, Aron Gaudet, wrote and will direct Crook County, a true story on the 1980s FBI investigation in Chicago called Operation Greylord.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Christina Orticke is the Senior Consulting Producer for Arts2Work, a creative workforce development initiative of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture. Christina has over 25 years of experience working with large international public and private corporations, start-ups, minority-owned/women-owned enterprises, and nonprofit organizations.
Gemikia has garnered national acclaim for her RYSE music videos using powerful imagery and storytelling to bring to life the music of her peers. Her first video, Street Literature, which she made in response to the murder of Oscar Grant, received an honorable mention for “Best Video Linking to Social Change & Public Health”. Street Literature,...
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Jason Wyman is an artist that uses a wide range of available tools — photography, video, interviews, social media, sound, design, illustration, mobile media — to create visual works that reveal layers, connections, and perspectives. They are a writer, a performer, a curator and an educator — cultivating environments of peer exchange rooted in creative...
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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.