Macarthur Foundation Grants
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $550,000 in grants to 22 local media centers and national media organizations. The awards were made to media centers in 11 states for film and video projects in three categories: those that foster community engagement; those that serve and involve children and youth; and those that stimulate community discussion about issues related to welfare, workforce development and economic opportunity.
911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA
In support of "Reel Grrls," an after-school program in which 20 diverse teenage girls will work with professional media artists to create videos about images of young women in mainstream media. 911 has been awarded a total of $162,000 by the MacArthur Foundation since 1987.
American Indian Film Institute, San Francisco, CA
In support of a pilot project, the Tribal Touring Program, which will tour a condensed version of the American Indian Film Festival, with presentations by media artists and media production workshops for youth, to Indians living in rural and tribal communities in California, This is the Foundation's first grant to the American Indian Film Institute.
Appaishop, Whitesburg, KY
In continued support for a project with the Kentucky Economic Justice Alliance to increase the participation of grassroots citizens groups and progressive organizations in discussions about economic justice and welfare reform. Since 1987, $461,000 has been awarded to Appalshop under this grantmaking program.
Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco, CA
In support of the Artist Equipment Access Program which will assist artists in the completion of community-based work using video and to provide a context and forum for discussion and active engagement with these works through extensive outreach and audience-building activities. Bay Area Video Coalition has been awarded $350,000 since 1986.
Children's Media Project, Poughkeepsie, NY
In renewed support for "TALKING WALLS: Transformation from the Inside Out," a project that teaches documentary video production and media literacy skills to at-risk youth in Dutchess County, New York. Children's Media Project was awarded $20,000 last year.
Community Film Workshop of Chicago, IL
In renewed support for an after school media arts, technology and peer leadership program and an expansion of the program to include the Englewood and Grand Crossing neighborhoods of Chicago. Since 1987, the Community Film Workshop has been awarded $120,000 by the Foundation.
Deep Dish T.V. Network, New York, NY
For a media activist project incorporating video production training for students, a national media activist television series and a town hall meeting on prison reform, which will be distributed on cable and the Internet. Deep Dish T.V. Network has received $310,000 from the MacArthur Foundation since 1990.
Downtown Community Television Center, New York, NY
For a project to add a webcasting component to media training programs serving high school students, homeless youth and physically and mentally disabled individuals, culminating in a series of interactive Community Cybercasts. Under this grant-making program, Downtown Community Television Center has been awarded $450,000 since 1986.
Educational Video Center, New York, NY
In renewed support for the Youth Organizers TV Youth Watch Human Rights project, which engages inner-city teenagers in documenting the experiences of youth in the criminal justice system and exploring alternatives to incarceration. Since 1993, Educational Video Center has been awarded $160,000 by the Foundation.
Global Action Project, New York, NY
In renewed support for "Urban Voices," a media production training program for young people. …