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:
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
- 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.