2012 NAMAC Conference Blog
Last week, the NAMAC offices were abuzz with news that Member organization, Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT), was generously offering to fund up to six Native media professionals to attend NAMAC 2012. In the announcement of this scholarship, NAPT wrote that the conference is "a hotbed of creativity and community innovation for the media and visual-arts field," so much so that NAPT had already committed to funding 30 Native producers to attend.
NAMAC is proud to work with NAPT in hosting a national conference inclusive of a variety of perspectives and communications. We spoke with NAPT Executive Director, Shirley Sneve, to discuss the importance of gatherings that bring together arts leaders from different sectors and cultures, especially in this funding climate in which we all must work collectively and share responsibility.
Breakthrough music producer, audio innovator, and digital pioneer Hank Shocklee will be a featured plenarian at NAMAC 2012: Leading Creatively, to discuss "Artists as Leaders" and digital rights. In preparation for these momentous conversations, NAMAC sat down with Shocklee to ask his thoughts on arts leadership and arts innovation in the coming age.
For the first time this year, NAMAC is delighted to incorporate an open-source, hacker space into the daily proceedings of NAMAC 2012. This space will be organized and led by the community of makers based at Hack Factory, a project of Twin Cities Maker. NAMAC spoke with Riley Harrison, board member of Twin Cities Maker, experienced bowyer and bow-making instructor, and NAMAC 2012 Hack Factory facilitator, about the maker/hacker movement and the potential synergies between this movement and the media arts discipline.
Pathbreaking music producer and Audio Innovator, Hank Shocklee, addresses digital rights and artist leadership at NAMAC 2012. Shocklee will participate on the Friday plenary session on “Artists As Leaders,” as well as a Saturday morning panel on “Digital Frontiers” exploring digital rights, censorship and other issues of online media and culture.
Preliminary Schedule Announcement: Leading Creatively, the NAMAC National Conference, Sept. 6-8, Minneapolis
[Please note: All listed schedule details and times are confirmed; Some participant and program details are still pending.]
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Afternoon at the Hyatt Regency
- Conference Registration
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Reception @ the Walker Art Center:
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As part of Leading Creatively, NAMAC's 2012 Conference, we're teaming up with our Twin Cities host committee to set up a variety of "orbital" parties to introduce our visiting conference attendees to the active media and visual arts communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here's a quick overview of some of the shindigs we have on tap for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, September 6-8—from a plush reception at the Walker Art Center, to eye-popping art openings at the Soap Factory and Franklin Art Works.
By Eric Martin, Native American Public Telecommunications
It was at SXSW 2011 that someone tweeted about realizing that not all their clients had smartphones and tablets, followed by a telling hashtag: #beyondthebubble.
This was followed by a tweet from our friends at Native Public Media, heralding the wonderful achievement of reservation homes surpassing the 75 percent mark for landline phone penetration.
Seeing these two tweets back-to-back just showed how out of touch many of those in the SXSW bubble were with the rest of the country—especially rural and poor areas.
By Jack Becker, Forecast Public Art
The Twin Cities have more community-based arts organizations per capita than anywhere in the country, and it shows. Public art is everywhere, and many artists benefit from the grants and commission opportunities that abound.