NAMAC produces a national/international conference every two years – and this year, we are in Oakland, CA.

ALLIANCE 2016 is a conference for media arts and culture practitioners, organizations, thinkers and doers. A place where conversations about collaboration, innovation, creativity and impact bust out in the open; a conference of new ideas — and a celebration of community.

We are anticipating 500 – 800 attendees at the Marriott Convention Center – including media arts organizations, independent mediamakers and performers from across art and social practices, technologists, educators, museum curators, funders and many others.  The conference program is a collaborative effort led by NAMAC Executive Director Wendy Levy with group of NAMAC’s Creative Leadership Lab alumni and the conference-producing team at Story Matters, Patricia Finneran and Kelly DeVine. There will be three days of roundtables, panels, funder meetings, story circles, keynote and ignite talks, one-on-one conversations, screenings and live performances. ALLIANCE 2016 will also be the site for a Virtual/Augmented Reality Doc playground, a Rockefeller-sponsored HatchLab for environmental justice storytelling, an Indigenous Media Workshop run by VisionMaker and PBS, and the kickoff of NAMAC’s National  Collective Impact initiative in Youth Media.

On Thursday night 6/9, the night before the conference officially kicks off at the Convention Center, we are thrilled to host Welcome To Country, an event at the Oakland Impact Hub where local filmmakers, poets, musicians and dancers share their work and welcome conference attendees with the heart + soul that is Oakland’s creative community.

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The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is a 36-year old member organization founded in 1980 by an eclectic group of media arts organization leaders who realized they could strengthen their social and cultural impact by working as a united force. Their idea was as bold as it was simple: to create a national organization that would provide support services to its institutional members, and advocate for the field as a whole. Since it’s founding, NAMAC has worked to raise the profile and influence of the media arts on behalf of its growing and changing membership. Today, NAMAC welcomes individuals across disciplines, local, regional and national media nonprofits, international NGOs and strategic partners from all sectors as we move into a collaborative, creative future. Our mission is to facilitate collaboration, strategic growth, innovation and cultural impact for the media arts field. We believe in a world where media artists and organizations are essential and undeniable leaders in a thriving global community. www.namac.org