Five Alliance for Community Media related conferences are on my calendar right now…I just need to figure out how to take advantage of my frequent flier miles.
First is the ACM-Northeast Region Spring Conference in late April, hosted by the New Hampshire Coalition for Community Media in Bedford, NH. Dot Grover and the NHCCM have been doing a great job organizing people in the Granite State (did I get that right?), and the Northeast is a hotbed of organizing activity with great work happening in just about every state.
That same weekend is the ACM-Northwest Conference, ENGAGE, ENLIGHTEN, EMPOWER: MAKE OUR MEDIA MATTER” in Olympia, WA. The Conference will feature the Best of the Northwest video festival.
Soon after that is the WAPC Spring Conference in Madison, WI the weekend of May 4-5. I have a fond place in my heart for my brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. They have built a solid base of PEG centers supporting professional and political education work in the past decade. ACM-Midwest will be co-sponsoring the conference. Meet me for beer on the Terrace.
Then June rolls around, and ACM MidAtlantic holds their Thinking Outside the Box Conference, June 8 & 9 in Edison, NJ. Jersey Access Group is playing host, and again have a great track record of building a statewide professional education group for community access television.
And of course everyone is invited to Twin Cities for the Alliance’s National Conference July 25-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The conference will have a special youth producer registration rate, a media camp for children, a Drupal boot camp, a video screening by the Twin Cities Youth Media Network, the Hometown Awards ceremonies at the Walker Art Center, and an evening celebration on the banks of the Mississippi River by historic Saint Anthony Falls. It promises to be a great gathering of community media practitioners from around the U-S! If you want more information about what to do in Minneapolis, go here.
I am still trying to figure out if there will be a Chair’s Polka Party here. Stay tuned.