BAVC Media to lead national field-building initiatives in 2023

Published On: January 24, 2023 |

Over the next couple of years, BAVC Media will be leading new and/or expanded national projects to advance the field of independent media making and preservation, and arts organization leadership overall. We’re committed to these projects because we believe that by sharing information and resources, we can help create a stronger and more equitable field. Our success proposition relies upon collaboration and leveraging our collective resources.

Specifically, BAVC Media was selected to lead the following projects over the next couple of years:

A Nation-Wide Survey of Audiovisual Preservation (National Endowment for the Humanities)

A project to conduct a national study employing surveys, interviews, and site visits to investigate the state of audiovisual preservation.

Community-Based Preservation Education and Training (National Endowment for the Humanities)

A continuing education program for collections stewards that would include a six-module hands-on preservation course offered with a train-the-trainer component intended for at least 30 participants at 15 partner sites. The award would also support a nine-month post-graduate fellowship in AV preservation.

The Film & Media Arts Field-building Initiative (National Endowment for the Arts)

a collaborative partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative is focused on creating space for knowledge exchange and relationship-building, with an emphasis on promoting regional networks, equity, and career sustainability for individuals working in the film and media arts industry.

Bay Area Film Research Project 

Regionally in the Bay Area, BAVC Media will be conducting a Bay Area Film Research Project about the film and media sector in the Bay Area, in collaboration with WolfBrown, with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. The purpose of this project is to advance the health of the independent film and media sector in the Bay Area through better data collection of independent media makers, and a survey of best practices in other film and media markets around the country. Our aim is to share data and recommendations with the field to support positive change, and to develop a survey tool that can be re-deployed annually.

Voices of the Community

In addition, we’re excited to partner with Voices of the Community to launch a series of conversations this year about how Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations are surviving through the pandemic, and all of its crazy twists, turns and aftermaths. This program has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

If you have questions, or want to collaborate with us on any of these programs, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

All our best from the Bay,
Paula Smith Arrigoni, Executive Director


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