Hiphop artist Guante headlines TC Media Alliance Fall Media Forum on November 23


Why did we invite a hip-hop artist to be the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Media Alliance’s ninth annual fall media forum?

Easy. The theme of this year’s forum is “Getting the Word Out: New Media Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities.” And hip-hop performer Guante has a lot to say about how activists, artists and non-profits can use media more effectively.

Aside from being a critically-acclaimed hip hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a longtime media justice advocate– from founding an alternative publication in college, to being a founding member of the Opine Season op-ed co-op, to blogging regularly, to running social media trainings for artists and activists, and more. His writing and/or multimedia work has been featured at The Progressive, Racialicious, Feministing, the Asian-American Literary Review, Rain Taxi, MSNBC and elsewhere. 

We’d love to have you join us. Click here to pre-register.

Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m; program begins at 9:30. A limited number of scholarships are available on request, thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, the Bush Foundation. 

Here’s what we have planned:

Morning presentations:

Welcome to North – video by Josh Chitwood and Morgan Jensen

Keynote by Guante: How can non-profits, artists and activists better use social media to amplify underrepresented voices?

Panel: Media Strategies for Engaging Diverse Communities: 

  • Alberto Monserrate, Latino Communications Network
  • Tom Gitaa, Mshale
  • Alfred Walking Bull, The Circle
  • David Kang, Hana Media & Development
  • Julia Opoti, The Minneapolis Foundation 

Showcase: Best Practices, Effective Tools: 

  • Jason Tanzman  Cycles for Change 
  • DeAnna Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Lolla Mohammed Nur, Twin Cities Daily Planet 
  • Chaun Webster – Free Poets Press
  • Karyssa Jackson, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 
  • Wintana Melekin, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Lunch Break / Performance: Guante 

Afternoon program:

Breakout sessions:

  • Media Access, Media Justice – moderated by Lolla Mohammed Nur, Twin Cities Daily Planet
  • Tips and Tools for Keeping Social Media Under Control – Brian Roemen, Backpack Tactics, LLC.
  • Local Media Platforms for Engaged Citizens –  Jay Clark, University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Community Storytelling: People, Place, and Passions – Jen Kohan, Woodshed Consulting
  • Nonprofits Telling their Story to Make a Difference, A Community Workshop Sampler: John Capecci
  • Data and Your Neighborhood: Resources to Create Community Change: Jeff Corn (CURA) and Ruth Hamberg (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation).

For complete program details and registration, go to our registration page.

Location: The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center is located at 2001 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis. Ample free parking in the UROC parking lot, and on-street nearby.

Everyone is welcome to attend the morning sessions, the afternoon sessions or both.