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Alliance for Community Media National Conference Comes to BRIC House In Downtown Brooklyn
The national gathering of prominent media leaders, producers, content creators, and entrepreneurs will take place June 27-29.
(Brooklyn, New York – May 5 2023) The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) is partnering with BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, in Brooklyn this year to host the organization’s National Conference, “B Transformed for Good, #BT4G.” The conference runs Tuesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 29 at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) in the Downtown Brooklyn cultural district.
The conference provides an opportunity for community media professionals from across the country to celebrate and explore the meaning of making hyper-local, neighborhood, and community-based media. REGISTER HERE.
For the first time since the Alliance for Community Media held its first national conference in 1978, the conference is being held at a community media center. This is special for many reasons – media professionals will learn, create it’s being held at BRIC which lives in the greatest city in the world, Brooklyn is holding its national conference at a community media center. For the last Normally held in conference spaces, The convergence of media professionals in one of the conference provides an opportunity for community media professionals from across the country to celebrate and explore the meaning of making hyper-local, neighborhood, and community-based media.
Featured speakers at “BTransformed4Good” include Joshua Breitbart, Senior Vice President of ConnectALL, the State of New York’s organization assigned with developing and extending broadband and digital equity for all residents; and Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, the African American artist and academic whose work focuses on techno-vernacular creativity, Afrofuturism, and artificial intelligence.
While most of the conference attendees work in community media, the conference is open to all, and offers sessions that are relevant to those who work in education, journalism, youth development, and technology.
Wednesday night features the 45th Annual Hometown Media Awards, which recognizes and honors the work of creators who address community needs, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience media in a different way.
“New York City is a leader in support and development of community television in the United States, and has vibrant and exciting organizations leading this work,” said Mike Wassenaar, President and CEO of the Alliance for Community Media. “It’s time we recognize and celebrate the work of organizations like BRIC, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, BronxNet, Queens Public Television, and Staten Island Community Television. This is our opportunity.”
“BRIC is extremely proud of the role we play in providing resources, support, space, and opportunities for Brooklynites to engage in the world of community media,” said Anthony Riddle, BRIC’s Senior Vice President of Community Media. “This partnership with the Alliance around our industry’s annual conference will bring together producers and creators from all across the country and from all walks of life. We’re thrilled to share the experience of what makes BRIC a truly special place with them this June.”
Sponsorship options are still available, exhibitor booths are selling fast. If you are interested, contact Katie Benson: [email protected]
For questions about the Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference, please contact the ACM by calling 952.928.4643 or emailing [email protected].
ABOUT Alliance for Community Media
Founded in 1976, the Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media center throughout the country. The ACM works to protect the interests of these access centers and those who use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the Internet.
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn’s creative future. Learn more at BRICartsmedia.org.