I particiapted in a NAMAC regional meeting today were about 20 other thouhgt leaders were in attendence sharing thier stories of inspiring and impactful media arts experiences. There were so many recurring faces and a few new ones to me. I really felt the span of generations. So many wonderful experiences from a range of media arts educators, activists, adminstrators, exhibitors, etc. The common threads revolved around seizing opportunities, articulating visions, being open to new ideas and discovery, and most importantly acting.
George Fifiled talked about the first Boston Cyberarts festival and how it distilled a community of people aorund art and technology.Â Wendy Blom about the Southeast Asian Water festival in Lowell and how it transformed how she thought about public access television.Â Danielle Martin talked about having to quickly improvise a digital storytelling workshop for hearing impared girls.Â Joe Doullette shared his story of mentor a young filmmaker.Â Laura Simmons recounted the formation of the her People of Color Collaborative and creating new opportunites.Â I could go on, but you get the idea.
It was a good gathering.