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From the Executive Director. The notes I write in this eBulletin are designed to be uplifting to the arts organizations, cultural institutions, filmmakers, youth media centers and creative communities that make up the Alliance member network.
Friends, colleagues, members, partners, … I hope everyone is someplace safe as we navigate this new reality. As we struggle collectively to locate ourselves in virtual and emotional proximity to one another when physical closeness is prohibited and could be a matter of life and death, I have realized in a new way how much my own identity is grounded in other people.
Washington, DC—In recognition of the arts’ $877 billion contribution to the U.S. economy and a source of 5.1 million American jobs, the National Endowment for the Arts will distribute $75 million in funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times.
Today, we talk with Jocelyn Arem, founder of the Arbo Radiko archival storytelling studio, about leveraging the past to redefine the future and how she uses hidden archival materials to retell stories that otherwise might remain unheard.
Zun Lee wasn’t all that interested in teaching students the ins and outs of taking pictures.
On Tuesday, Barack and Michelle Obama announced that they’ve signed a deal with Netflix to release seven films through the Obamas' new production company, Higher Ground. The Obamas launched Higher Grounds in spring of 2018 in hopes to create story-telling content that amplifies the voices of often underrepresented communities.
“The theater became a space for multi-tribal community of people -- celebrating who they are and rising up their stories. I was in the back of the theater, weeping,” remembers Wendy Levy, Executive Director of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, an international nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate collaboration, strategic growth, innovation and cultural impact for the media arts field.