Things I learned at NAMAC: a list of apps, websites and articles for media makers

Me and some other workshop participants in Beth Kanter's (far right) crowdfunding workshop.
Me and some other workshop participants in Beth Kanter’s (far right) crowdfunding workshop.

The other week I had the chance to attend the ACM/NAMAC (that’s the Alliance for Community Media and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) conference here in Philadelphia.

But because there’s a few things competing for my attention these days–you know, the whole having a small baby thing and gearing up to shoot a webseries in September and things in the world exploding on social media and affecting my day job--I haven’t had time to write about it.

Instead of more detailed posts about each session I attended, here’s a quick and easy list of some highlighted resources I learned about there:

  • If you ever have to write grants for cultural work, the Cultural Data Project will give you hard data and figures on the revenue and audiences for arts and cultural work in your area.
  • The Harmony Institute works with social issue documentary filmmakers to analyze the impact of their films in shifting public opinion through some interesting scientific methodology. They also collaborated with BAVC to produce the Impact Playbook–available for free download–which summarizes best practices for media makers for social change to understand the impact of their work. Also useful for grant writing!
  • This Storymaker app  provides lessons as well as template overlays that help people learn to take good photos and get quality interviews, with their phones. Neat.
  • In the community arts world the term “creative placemaking” is thrown around a lot these days. A good place to start with understanding it is Creative Placemaking: the politics of belonging and disbelonging”
  • Malkia A. Cyril, director of the Center for Media Justice, is so on point with an analysis of the role of media in social justice and you should see Malkia speak if you ever have a chance
  • If you want to geek out using Arduino this is a cool sitei as is this. A panelist in the open source workshop had wearables she made using conductive thread and electronic code that got me excited for a possibility to merge my love of sewing with tech geekery.
  • And, I got to finally meet my social media guru Beth Kanter in person for the first time! I won her book in the workshop, but gave it away to someone from another org who really really wanted it.
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