Public media efforts get backing from latest NEA grants

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Colorful dancers open CAAMFest 2014 in San Jose, Calif., in September. The Center for Asian American Media is receiving NEA support to continue the annual event. (Photo: CAAM)

Colorful dancers open CAAMFest 2014 in San Jose, Calif., in September. The Center for Asian American Media is receiving NEA support to continue the annual event. (Photo: CAAM)

Seven organizations associated with public media are among 1,116 grantees announced Tuesday by the National Endowment for the Arts for funding that totals just over $29 million.

In the announcement, NEA Chair Jane Chu said the selected projects “will continue to demonstrate the power the arts have to deepen value, build connections and foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation both at the community level and with individuals throughout the nation.”

Six public-media grantees will receive funding through the Media Grants category:

  • Atlantic Public Media, Woods Hole, Mass.: $60,000 to support Transom.org, its website providing tools, support and technical assistance to independent audio producers.

 

  • Bay Area Video Coalition Inc., San Francisco: $85,000 for its MediaMakers Fellows program, supplying documentary and new-media artists with production equipment, project development and training. The program has expanded in recent years to assist producers of interactive games and mobile apps.

 

  • The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), San Francisco, a member of public broadcasting’s National Minority Consortia: $45,000 for CAAMFest 2015, a media arts festival highlighting Asian and Asian-American artists.

 

  • Kartemquin Films, Chicago: $25,000 for professional development services for independent documentary producers. The doc house also will provide work space and equipment.

 

  • KCRW, Santa Monica, Calif.: $85,000 for the Independent Producer Project, providing opportunities for radio producers, filmmakers, writers and multimedia artists to create work to air on the station and its digital platforms as well as for national distribution.

 

 

In the Arts Education category, New York Public Radio will receive $40,000 for Radio Rookies, its media arts education program open to young people from across the city’s five boroughs to learn radio production.

 

A panel of 192 experts collectively reviewed 3,455 applications for funding, according to the NEA.