Support MTN on October 16th

Support MTN on October 16th

The City of Minneapolis is once again considering significant cuts to its allocation to MTN in 2013. If you're interested in understanding more about
our budgetary relationship with Minneapolis, MTN's budget hearing for 2013 will take place at the City Council champers on October 16th at 11:30 am.
If you'd like to express your support for MTN, be sure to call your City Council member in advance of the meeting and explain how the work we do makes
a difference in your life.   

Free festival on October 10th

Third ward neighborhoodfest is on Wednesday October 10th at 5:30 pm. It is a free festival held at Nicollet island pavillion. Come down and check out
the free entertainment, food, and tastings. There will be exhibits featuring businesses, restaurants, services, neighborhood groups, local talent, city and
county projects, and new development in OUR community. Click here to see the video from last years festival that MTN put together.    

photo courtesy of Northeast Minneapolis


Doug's session highlights at NAMAC

The national organization, NAMAC held its conference on the Nicollet Mall early in September. The organization, Nat'l. Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC)
celebrates public art, non-profit arts & media producers and other educational organizations. This years conference theme was "Leading Creatively." 
Sessions highlighted
were "Artists As Leaders" and "Creative Placemaking."

MTN check out manager, Doug Cain attended a session on Representative Media, Creating Equity & Claiming Power. Producers from our Youth Dept. team alongside
media activists from SPNN helped create documents on the technology workshops being held throughout each conference day. Doug hopped on a bus to visit a couple
of local creative art sites. The tour took him to a long-time partner institution in its 40th year, InterMedia Arts, to see how they have re-adapted their space to further
serve arts producers in many ways. There has been a merging with youth media group, formerly known as Phillips Community Television, which for many years produced
a series on MTN called "Our Turn." But that barely scrapes the surface of what they are now doing.  Check out Intermedia Arts wonderful website for a rich representation
of their mission, showcasing artists they support and assist. 
The colorful exterior walls are created by local artists, curated and repainted on a regular rotation. They have
grants available, rotating exhibitions and screenings, too.  "InterMedia Arts: Art. Changes. Everything."

The last spot on the tour Doug took part in was the gallery and performance space called Franklin Art Works. This old silent film theater was
resurrected and its early 1900's interior partially restored. It features two galleries for exhibitions and hosts some screenings and
performances as well. The curator led a very informative walking tour and I was surprised by the caliber of international and local artists
it exhibits. Check out their website.


Vera's session highlight at NAMAC

Our lucky director of programming, Vera Allen took a photo with Hank Shocklee. The music producer and Public Enemy Founder, Hank Shocklee was at the NAMAC
2012 Conference. Shocklee participated on
 Saturday morning panel on "Digital Frontiers" exploring digital rights, censorship and other issues of online media and culture.


MTN youth covers NAMAC

On Saturday, September 9th, MTN youth took their video cameras and media savvy on the road to cover the National Alliance for Media Arts and
Culture bi-annual conference in downtown Minneapolis. MTN youth Nate Danforth, Sophie Ballman, and Sam Snow spent the day interviewing
conference organizers and attendees, performingquick-fireedits, and posting instant mini-docs online. Ballman said she loved covering the conference
because it gave her a chance to develop her editing skills as well as make connections with talented people from across the country. “Connections
and skills are a huge part in making a career so I think this experience was very valuable,” she said. Ballman first became involved at MTN as a
Step-Up Intern in 2010. As a senior at South High this past year, she participated in MTN’s Video VOICES program, and is currently a first year
student at MCTC, studying in the Cinema Division Program. Members from the Twin Cities Youth Media Network worked with NAMAC organizers
over the past year to include a youth experience as part of the conference. Youth from IFP-MN covered the event Friday. All of the youth-produced
videos can be viewed here. 
TCYMN is a network of youth-serving media organizations from across the Twin Cities that encourages collaboration within
the community of youth media makers and youth media arts educators. NAMAC works to foster and fortify the culture and business of independent media arts.

The national convention of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) was attended by hundreds of media artists and the people who run the organizations
 that work with media artists. This year, the conference was documented by two crews of young media makers from  organizations representing the Twin Cities Youth 
Media Network. During the first full day of the conference a crew of three youth from IFP-MN created two mini-documentaries welcoming people to the conference and
 looking at some of the events and workshops going on. On the second day, Sophie, Sam and Nate represented MTN and interviewed convention-goers and organizers,
 shot b-roll, and edited together two short documentaries showing what went on that day. You can watch these short documentaries on MTN and on right here.

Voices return to MTN

The South High Video Voices class of 2012-13 has arrived and is getting ready to wow you with their command of the TV medium. They spent the 
week of September 10 at MTN learning basic camera and will be starting edit training soon. Video Voices is a collaboration between South High and 
MTN that is 23 years old. This year's class of seniors will learn video production from MTN and produce with MTN equipment and help, Public Service 
Announcements, documentaries and studio shows during the school year. They will be working with MTN's CTEP Americorps Member, Jessica Talley. 
This summer at the national conference of the Alliance for Community Media, Video Voices was recognized for its work in winning two awards for 
Excellence in youth produced television.

Amy Goodman!

You may have heard our announcement during the past week in anticipation of radio and television activist/host, Amy Goodman's visit.  
Her visit is part of a 100 city tour promoting her new book, "The Silenced Majority" and raising awareness during this years' presidential
election process.  Amy Goodman is one of the hosts of "Democracy Now!" - which can be seen Monday through Friday on MTN's Channel
17 every weeknight (M-F) at 10 pm.  You can also watch it on line here.

Take a Class

Our classes are now scheduled through the end of the year. If you were planning to take a class this fall, now is the time to sign up! Visit and click on "Take a Class." For upcoming October class dates, check the side bar of this email!

Show up for a Free MTN Orientation
Upcoming dates for the orientation: October 10th, October 24th, and November 14th. Starts at 7 p.m. Come in, send someone, or come as a GROUP to learn what MTN is all about!

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