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Welcome to the 20th Annual Allied Media Conference!

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Practice Space Session [clear filter]
Thursday, June 14
 

10:00am

Two-spirit and QTBIPOC Practice Space
Two-Spirit and queer, trans, black, indigenous people of color: there is a multilingual space away from cissexism and white supremacy at Allied Media Conference.  This is a community-created space where two-spirit and queer, trans, black, indigenous people of color can heal, learn, and be in community with other two spirit and QTBIPOC folks. Our practice space will feature workshops on performance, sex positive education, survivor support, asking for what you need, consensual ways to break the ice, a Black trans Healing space, a two spirit Healing space, an Asian and Pacific Islander Healing space, transcestor futures, medicine harvesting, and a healing circle, among other things. The space will exist all weekend, with workshops on Saturday and a safe space on Sunday - food, water, and community provided. Come to McGregor 202 (E).

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:00am - Sunday June 17, 2018 4:00pm
MCGREGOR: Room E
 
Friday, June 15
 

11:00am

Character Animation for every BODY
Are you fed up with not seeing a true representation of all body types, hues, and abilities in animation? Come right this wrong! In this workshop, SPNN Youth Action Committee leaders will show you how to use the fun and easy Adobe Character Animator program to build an animated character and make the character talk! By the end of the workshop, we will have created a short animated video with messages challenging narrow definitions of beauty and celebrating every BODY.

Presenters
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SPNN Youth Action Committee

www.spnn.org
The SPNN Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a youth leadership group at SPNN, in Saint Paul, MN. We take action on social justice issues, create media projects, and teach others about how to use media to make change in our communities.


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room B

11:00am

Ripple Mapping the Impact of the AMC
Interactive art piece to map all the ways that the AMC has impacted our lives and work.

Presenters
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Una Lee

Design Justice Network / And Also Too
Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led design facilitator, and community organizer. She is the creative director of And Also Too, a design studio for social justice visionaries and an organizer of the Design Justice Network, which seeks to use design as a tool for collective... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

2:00pm

Intro to Podcasting
Everyone’s got a podcast idea, but you can’t subscribe to an idea. In this workshop, participants will dive into editing, mixing, and cutting audio. Participants will also outline a show concept and learn the basics of podcast distribution. It is recommended (but not mandatory) that all participants bring their own headphones to this workshop

Presenters
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Aaron Lakoff

The Rebel Beat podcast
Aaron Lakoff is an award-winning independent journalist, media-maker, and community organizer based in Montreal, Canada. His work combines a passion for popular education, social justice, and artistic expression. He has filed radio and written reports from several countries, including... Read More →
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Abby Madan

Abby Madan is an independent audio producer. She interweaves sound and story to spark discovery, build empathy, and cultivate community. Her work has featured on NPR's WNYC, KJZZ, WCAI, WOUB, on the podcast network Canadaland, and in museum exhibits. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley... Read More →
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Aliya Pabani

The Imposter podcast / Canadaland
Aliya Pabani, Aliya Pabani is a multidisciplinary artist and host/producer of Canadaland`s arts and culture podcast The Imposter. Now in its second season, The Imposter casts a wide net, from candid interviews with artists like Tanya Tagaq and Lido Pimienta, to the story of a psychic... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 384

2:00pm

Participatory Video for Peace
You do not need to amplify someones voice, just hand over the mic. This participatory video (PV) for peace workshop centers on those directly impacted by violence, oppression or poverty and hands over the mic and camera so they can tell their own stories. The session will introduce participants to key exercises, principles and methods to make or facilitate a participatory video project. Together participants will co-create a short video and learn while doing.

Presenters
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Monica Curca

Activate Labs
Monica Curca is a recovering refugee, a peacebuilder and a strategist working at the intersection of social transformation and storytelling. Monica has designed and led strategy for immersive storytelling and social engagement campaigns with Palestinian Youth Movement at Standing... Read More →
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Thor Morales

Activate Labs
Thor has 4 years experience facilitating Participatory Video projects in northern Mexico. He's also facilitated participatory photography workshops. Thor has a background in Biology and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He's worked with local and international organizations... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

2:00pm

Propaganda Party for Housing Justice & Clean Water
Interference Archive, Mobile Print Power, and friends will team up to host a propaganda party in support of Detroit activists fighting for clean water and housing justice. Participants will create graphic and informational materials (posters, buttons, and flyers) that can be disseminated and used to propagate for clean water and affordable housing. Party attendees will also reimagine propaganda as a tool for social change and share strategies for community engagement and political resistance.

Presenters
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Nora Almeida

Interference Archive
Nora Almeida is a Brooklyn-based writer and librarian. She works at the New York City College of Technology and is a volunteer at Interference Archive.
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Lena Greenberg

Interference Archive
Lena Greenberg supports education and programming at Interference Archive. Lena also works with young people to envision a world beyond plastics through creative storytelling and manages farmers markets across New York City
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Maryam Gunja

Interference Archive
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Jen Hoyer

Interference Archive / Brooklyn Public Library
Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. She loves working through how archives can help people understand themselves and their place in the world around them.


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

4:00pm

Audacity Awesome: The Basics of Editing Audio
If you want to learn the basics of audio editing and want to use free opensource cross-platform software to do so, this is the session for you! This session will give participants an introduction to Audacity and how to use it to edit audio. We will cover how to open files, combine tracks, enhance the quality of the recording, and other steps to get a stereo track ready for sharing. This session will give you the knowledge to prep audio for podcasts, pre-recorded radio shows and more!

Presenters
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Krusheska M. Quirós

Audio Editor | Co-Producer | Curator, Suena a Revolución Podcast
Krusheska M. Quirós is a queer Afro-Taina from Boriken now living in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Coast Salish people (a.k.a. Vancouver, Canada). She is the creator, audio editor and co-producer of the podcast Suena a Revolución. Krusheska... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

4:00pm

DIY video making
So you want to be a video ninja? In this crash course learn how to make a fast turn around video reports, with subMedia`s videoninja monks! We will be covering basic shooting and editing techniques as well as
tips on video appropriation and sampling. We will also provide a security tools 101 overview. You can view our work at sub.media

Presenters
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Djab Maroon

Versatile in the arts of videoninjitsu and the Sith, Submedia
Veteran Videoninja
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Tierra Morena

Submedia
Submedia Witch Doctor


Friday June 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 114
 
Saturday, June 16
 

11:00am

Act Out to Tear Down: Disrupt with Theatre of the Oppressed
How do you organize where everyone has a role and a voice? How do you use tools that go with you from the street corner to the stairs of the State house? In this session we will move through several Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to explore what community organizing can feel like when the basis is built on moving through shared struggle, communal intimacy, and trust. The intended outcome is that participants learn how to use physicality and everyday objects to organize.

Presenters
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Raven Stubbs

Raven’s practice of dismantling is her work as an educator, artist, writer, facilitator, and independent consultant specializing in anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings as well as creating programs and curriculum and designing implementation strategies. She has lived at the intersection of theatre and social justice since her early days at the Detroit High School of the Fine and Performing Arts. At Illinois Wesleyan University, Raven obtained an honors research in Ethnodramtic Theatre Studies. Her research led her to creating Anti-Oppression workshops as a tool for community building and organizing. Raven’s passion of advocating for social change and human rights led her to her Masters in Education Policy and Management with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She hopes to make intentional hugs and kindness law in this country., IND Consultant
Raven's practice of dismantling is her work as an educator, artist, writer, facilitator, and independent consultant specializing in anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings as well as creating programs and curriculum and designing implementation strategies. She... Read More →
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Chahney Young

Chahney Young is a Virgin Islander and 4th generation New Yorker. They are a writer, advocate, and educator, specializing in Program and Curriculum Design and Implementation, and Organizational Development, and are a Trauma-Informed Facilitator and coach in Emotional Intelligence... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

11:00am

Youth Fighting 4 Justice: The Mixtape
Learn how TRUE Skool, (Milwaukee, WI) engages, empowers and educates youth leaders using the elements of Hip Hop culture to build arts based platforms as a way to address solutions to injustices directly affecting them.
Become a performer, contributor or partner in the `Youth Fighting 4 Justice` Media Project. We will be creating art, filming and recording video and audio content, for our ongoing YF4J campaign that connects like minded orgs, artists and activists for future collective impact.

Presenters
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Shalina S. Ali

TRUE Skool
YF4J Impact Connector & Co - Executive Director of TRUE Skool
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Tyrone Randall

YF4J Engagement Facilitator & TRUE Skool Program Intern, TRUE Skool / Urban Underground
YF4J Creative Engagement Engineer & TRUE Skool Program Intern
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JENE TATE

TRUE SKOOL
YF4J Creative Designer & Performing Artist. Program Assistant at TRUE Skool
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FIDEL VERDIN

TRUE SKOOL
Fidel Verdin YF4J Visionary Strategist and Co-Executive Director of TRUE Skool.


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 115

2:00pm

afrofuturepast: Dance Technology and Aesthetics as Self Care
Black aesthetics play a pivotal role in ritual and emergence. afrofuturepast posits Black dance and adornment as essential tools for self care. This two part session and performance series will introduce Dunham Technique basics and improvisation, and discuss daily care rituals. Participants will leave with an understanding of the relationship between form and function in everyday aesthetics.

Presenters
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Bree Gant

afrofuturepast
Bree Gant is a documentarian from Detroit exploring Black aesthetics, ritual, and emergence. Since graduating from Howard University in 2011 with a BA in Film, Gant has traveled as a fashion and portrait photographer, and worked as a Teaching Artist in her hometown. Gant is currently... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

2:00pm

The Art of Interviewing
With so many podcasts entering the marketplace, quality interviews can make or break your podcast episode. We will explore the dynamic between host and guest and the needs of both parties in the interview process.
From equipment to booking to sitting down with your guest, we explore what to do before and during the interview to ensure you get that audio you need. Participants will learn tips, tricks, and techniques that will ensure they are always prepared.

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Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

4:00pm

Joyful Resistance: Art and Protest in Defense of the Hood
How can art and culture be used to activate communities in the fight against gentrification and displacement? This session will give examples of creative anti-gentrification work being done in Pilsen, Chicago. We will learn about how to use art as a resistance tool and strategize how to use media to spread your messages reach. Participants will walk away with creative ideas for art activations/protests and new ways of connecting in solidarity with other groups through the use of media.

Facilitated by: Amara S Martín, Isaura Flores, William Camargo

Presenters
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ChiResists and Barrios Against Displacement

ChiResists and Barrio Against Displacement are two autonomous POC, Womxn and Femme led creative organizing groups based on Chicago’s Southside. ChiResists focuses on art based public interventions, supporting local economies, community healing and cultural stewardship as well as... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MCGREGOR: Room J

4:00pm

Staying Power: Creative tools for housing & belonging
Come build narrative power for housing justice & belonging! In this session we look at art tactics developed to shape public narratives specific to Black displacement in Richmond (CA) thru a year-long art and organizing process - a know-your-rights mural, videos, poetry, and more. We will explore how these projects supported policies such as “ban-the-box” for housing, and rent control. Participants walk away with transferable creative tools to support material wins for housing justice.

Presenters
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Evan Bissell

Staying Power
Evan Bissell facilitates participatory art and research projects. He is the director of knottedline.com, freedoms-ring.org and a coordinator of Staying Power. Evan has facilitated projects in schools (K-12) and community settings throughout the country and teaches a studio art course... Read More →
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Ciera-Jevae Gordon

Ciera-Jevae is a Richmond native and spoken word artist who is currently the Media, Arts, and Culture manager at the RYSE Center. She is currently serving as poet laureate of Richmond, CA. Her role in Staying Power has been taking the lead on a book of poems that came out of interviews with community members on the topic of belonging and housing issues., The RYSE Center
Ciera-Jevae is a Richmond native and spoken word artist who is currently the Media, Arts, and Culture manager at the RYSE Center. She is currently serving as poet laureate of Richmond, CA. Her role in Staying Power has been taking the lead on a book of poems that came out of interviews... Read More →
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Sasha Graham

Sasha Graham is a native Richmond, CA resident. She is a Black mother and Undergraduate Ethnic Studies major at the University of California, Berkeley. Sasha serves as a State Board member of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and is an activist for education, health, housing, and challenging the dominant narratives within mainstream culture. She plans to attend law school and become a district attorney., Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Sasha Graham is a native Richmond, CA resident. She is a Black mother and Undergraduate Ethnic Studies major at the University of California, Berkeley. Sasha serves as a State Board member of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and is an activist for education... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 128
 
Sunday, June 17
 

10:00am

Transformative Radio with CKUT 90.3 FM
What is the transformative potential of community-based radio? In this workshop, we will explore how independent media produced by marginalized communities is transformative by allowing them to control their own narratives. Participants will reflect on the challenges of activist media, for example: how can entertainment media be activism? And what is the importance of creating a cultural archive? We hope participants will leave with strategies to produce their own activist-oriented media!

Presenters
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Teagan Corazon

Teagan Corazon is an artist living and working in Montreal and a host on Venus Radio CKUT 90.3fm. Key themes in their work revolve around personhood, identity, power, and the embodied self. They work primarily with video and photography to create immersive audiovisual installations and responsive video., CKUT
Teagan Corazon is an artist living and working in Montreal and a host on Venus Radio CKUT 90.3fm. Key themes in their work revolve around personhood, identity, power, and the embodied self. They work primarily with video and photography to create immersive audiovisual installations... Read More →
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Jax Geldart

Jax is an occasional host of Venus Radio on CKUT90.3fm. A very enthusiastic and shy individual who tries to keep up on current discussions on feminism, race politics, art and pop culture. She also like to make art., CKUT
Jax is an occasional host of Venus Radio on CKUT90.3fm. A very enthusiastic and shy individual who tries to keep up on current discussions on feminism, race politics, art and pop culture. She also like to make art.
avatar for Sophie MacArthur

Sophie MacArthur

Montreal based producer, DJ and radio host Canhota (Sophie) draws from disparate genre influences such as baile funk, ta, CKUT
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Elena Stoodley

CKUT
Elena Stoodley is the production coordinator at CKUT radio station. She is also a singer, songwriter and producer who excels in the Blue-eyed soul genre, which she composes on a loop pedal with a negro spiritual approach.
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Cala Valentina

ckut
Cala Valentina is the volunteer coordinator and a host of Venus Radio at CKUT radio in Montreal. They are concerned with questions around visibility, representation, belonging, and transgression.


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
STUDENT CENTER: Hilberry D

10:00am

Conducting A "Person On The Street" Style Interview
Person on the street style interviews get real, unscripted feelings and answers from a variety of strangers. With purpose and well researched questions, this technique gathers a public opinion sample on the topics being explored. We will learn how to: ask great questions, build rapport with your interviews, where to interview, how to approach people, how to use a microphone, and what to do with your interviews afterwards. Participants will walk away confident to interview and record anyone!

Presenters
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Katey DeCelle

WFNU-LP
Katey DeCelle has been working in radio and television for the past 8 years. She has conducted hundreds of "person on the street" style interviews for the organizations Storymobile, MN Capitol News, KFAI radio, WFNU radio and multiple podcasts including her own podcast Great Question... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
STATE HALL: Room 116

10:00am

Invasive Papermaking for Everyone
We challenge the idea that invasive plants are all bad. We’ll use invasive plants harvested from Detroit to introduce the act of paper-making; an accessible form open to all ages and abilities. We’ll explore this idea of "invasive" as we make together, finding new solutions for unwanted plants and seeking connections between our horticultural and anthropological languages. Participants will make their own paper and generate new ideas about how to better treat our landscapes and neighbors.

Presenters
avatar for Meg Heeres

Meg Heeres

Meg Heeres has called Detroit home since 2007 where she’s been involved in the community as an artist, advocate, and tea, The Invasive Paper Project
Meg Heeres has called Detroit home since 2007 where she's been involved in the community as an artist, advocate, and teacher, all roles she plays with her Invasive Paper Project. She maintains a studio on Detroit's west side. Meg also works as a facilitator and strategist for local... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
MCGREGOR: Room J