Gary Handman (
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 08:20:31 -0800 (PST)

Leslie Sundal OR Helen DeMichiel

415-431-1391 or


The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) recently
launched its new "Online Support Center for Independent Media" at

NAMAC's Online Support Center provides a central place on the World
Wide Web where media organizations, producers and media educators can
connect with each other, learn about the services and programs offered by
the nation's major media arts groups, find current news and useful
resources, share experiences and insights, and participate together in
shaping the future of the media arts field.

Founded in 1980, NAMAC is a San Francisco-based national nonprofit
association of over 150 organizations whose purpose is to further the media
arts in all its forms -- film, video, audio and interactive.

NAMAC's members include local nonprofit media arts centers and
production facilities, university and museum-based media programs, film
festivals and archives, media distributors, community access TV stations
and individual media artists. Collectively, these organizations represent
over 400,000 media producers and professionals.

"Media arts organizations, as well as individual media makers and
educators, work largely in isolation from one another, yet share the same
problems and have many of the same needs," said Helen DeMichiel, NAMAC's
National Director. "NAMAC's Online Support Center was designed to help the
media arts field overcome this isolation and create a stronger national

NAMAC's site will be updated monthly with the latest news,
announcements, links, resources and events. Site visitors can subscribe
free online to NAMAC ENEWS and receive regular e-mail announcements about
new additions to the site, upcoming NAMAC events and action alerts.

Among the major resources now featured on the site are:

** DIRECTORY OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS. The most comprehensive guide
available to media arts related organizations in the country, featuring
detailed profiles of NAMAC members and direct links to their e-mail
addresses and Web sites. The Directory can be searched by state,
alphabetically, or by type of program or service (i.e., which media centers
offer exhibition venues, production equipment or classes, funding
assistance, festivals or distribution help).

** NAMAC CONFERENCE '98. Details on NAMAC's upcoming biennial
NAMAC Conference planned for October 1998 in Pittsburgh and how you can
participate. Also read summaries of the 1996 Conference's keynote speeches
and panels, which focused on cultural equity and access to media.

** ADVOCACY AND ACTION. A central place on the Web to learn what
you can do about current media and arts-related legislation and policies,
and where to find more background information.

** THE MAIN: NAMAC'S NEWSLETTER. Read recent issues of NAMAC's
quarterly newsletter, The Media Arts Information Network (MAIN) , which
reports on news and issues relevant to the media arts field. The latest
issue features a wide variety of views on the current state of the field.
Your comments are encouraged.

** ANNOUNCEMENTS. View postings by NAMAC members of media-related
job openings, upcoming events, new publications, funding opportunities and
other news.

** RESOURCES & LINKS. Find links to the most helpful media
sites, arts organizations, funders and non-profit support sites. Also
learn about NAMAC's Media Education Directory and other useful publications
available from NAMAC members.

** MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS. An area specifically to help NAMAC's
members develop and strengthen their capabilities. Find out about NAMAC's
Peer Technical Assistance Program, read case studies of media
organizations, and find other useful support resources.

consortium of seven national media organizations, including NAMAC, that
advocates for equity and access in telecommunications and media policy.

** ABOUT NAMAC. Learn more about NAMAC's mission, current
programs, staff and board. Also find out about the benefits of membership.

"NAMAC's Online Support Center is a flexible work-in-progress which
we intend to develop further," noted DeMichiel. "We encourage feedback and
ideas from all site visitors to help guide us in shaping an even more
useful Web site."

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