The Open Media Foundation will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th and will reopen with usual business hours on Thursday, July 5th.
|The 2011 Open Media Foundation Annual Report is here! Our annual report is only available online this year, and you can check it out on our website. The theme for this annual report is celebrating OMF's role to help bring stories past the gatekeepers in today's media. Read about our accomplishments, watch videos about our work in community media, and see all the people that helped make it possible in 2011.|
|A year ago the OMF web team launched bouldermountainbike.org with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, a nonprofit that has curated a wealth of information and volunteer initiatives in order to preserve and grow the mountain bike trail systems in the area. It has been great to continue working with this group and help them continue to grow their website as they realize new potential in the way the community can use their website; the latest fruit of our combined labor is a Twitter update feature connected with their real-time Trail Conditions updates. Trails can be updated by anyone that visits the website, utilizing the enthusiasm and support of volunteers in order to inform the community about the health of trails - a very useful tool and creative way to make trails more accessible. Now trail conditions can be updated on BMA's website by tweets that include the name of a Boulder Trail and the hashtag #boco_trails. Our development team set up the feeding action that corresponds to content updates on their Drupal website, and BMA's web team helped put together formating code so the updates that appear on the website clearly show the Twitter names of anyone creating a trail update.||
For anyone that still discounts the positive impact that social media can have for public good, this example of information sharing and collaboration should warrant some second thoughts. We are happy to share another example of putting the power of the media in the hands of the people!
What is the change you would like to see in the world? Come and explore Open Media Foundation's facilities and see what we truly have to offer. Every first and third Wednesday evening of the month, we hold a special information session we call Your Voice. Your Media. where we discuss our work with community media and take you through all of the departments in the OMF building at 700 Kalamath. By the end of the tour you will know why we are so committed to providing services, education and tools to our community in order to put the power of the media in the hands of the people. Everyone is welcome, and Your Voice. Your Media. is great for anyone new to our work and potential interns, volunteers or members.
Help us spread the word, and tell your friends about OMF Tours - download our PDF invitation with all the details.
Tours start and end promptly at 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Please send your RSVP for Your Voice. Your Media. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're keeping things fresh in the Learning Lab this summer, with new classes and recurring favorites being added to our class calendar every month! What's new with June, you ask? Well for starters, the Narrative Scriptwriting seminar is making a triumphant return to the Open Media class lineup. Storytelling and screenplay techniques, as well as software training with the Celtx program; learn about everything you need to know to get your next big production off the ground! The four-class seminar meets on Monday nights starting June 18, and seats are filling fast! Class details and class registeration are online, read all about it here.
Other major players for June include 3D Animation with Blender, Final Cut Pro X Workshop and Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. We're always offering different classes every month, and you can see what's happening with the online class calendar or subscribe to our newsletter to get the full scoop. Members of Denver Open Media get a discount on all OMF classes, so if you have been considering the allure of public access TV and want to take more classes for less money, check out what memberships are all about on DOM's website.
It's going to be a really fun night on 7th and Kalamath this Friday!
OMF will be open to the community starting at 6:30 PM. We invite you to check out our facilities and Denver Open Media (DOM): Studio A will be broadcasting live and the Learning Lab will be open for mini workshop demos. Musical guests Ed McGee and Ward Scott will be performing in the studio at 7 PM.
For a limited time, the DOM Santa Fe street team (a group of volunteers getting folks excited about OMF) will be outside shooting live video and offering mobile green screen photos to the First Friday crowd! Follow us on Facebook for all the First Friday live updates.
Together with the Knight Foundation and The Denver Foundation, OMF is looking at the unique communication patterns and needs of our neighborhood here in La Alma/Lincoln Park. We are looking for neighborhood residents to help us with a Digital Scavenger Hunt we will be conducting in the OMF Education Lab.
To all of our neighbors, we hope you come out and say, "Hello" when our volunteers go door-to-door on Saturday June 2, inviting residents to participate in an in-person review on June 9th, our Digital Scavenger Hunt. The deal is sweet: take a short survey and get a free Programming Membership, and once you take the short survey you also have the opportunity to come to our building and your time will be reqarded with an upgraded Field, Studio or Editor Membership and a free class. We offer the community access to communication, technology, and media education and this Digital Scavengar Hunt will help us improve as an organization to better serve our neighborhood.
Please email email@example.com to find out more about the Digital Scavenger Hunt if you live in the La Alma/Lincoln Park area and would like to participate.
The Open Media Foundation will be closed Monday May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Denver Open Media will remain open during normal hours on Saturday, May 26 (11 AM to 6 PM). Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.
This summer, young people ages 14 - 19 are getting the chance to be apart of something big here at OMF. The youth education program has put together a music video camp for one week in July that will go through the video and sound editing process from start to finish to create music videos for local bands who have donated a song to be used for the program, and now we have added the Seredipity Project to our list of musical collaborators. We are so happy to working with these talented musicians to help promote their music, and getting our campers some experience on working with media that has a direct impact on our local community.
Spaces are filling up - make sure you register before May 15 for Early Bird prices! Click here to register now.
Every First Friday, the Santa Fe Arts district opens it's doors to the public to present art, music and all-around creative ingenuity. At the Open Media Foundation, we open our doors to our beautiful facilities at 700 Kalamath, Denver CO, including our studios at Denver Open Media and the upstairs lounge area with a place to sit and look out West at the mountain view. There is no lack of music and creativity over in Studio A where our community access station presents live entertainment and broadcasts the evening's activities to Comcast Channel 57.
This Friday May 4, we present our friends at the Oriental Theater who will be presenting some shorts from local filmmakers. Musical guests Sweet Corn & Mayonai$$e will be performing, as well. Come by and stay awhile - it all starts tomorrow at 8 PM.
OMF is excited to spread the word and offer congratulations to our former intern John Stephens on his recent acheivement. The Colorado Chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Stephens and his group with a couple of first place prizes in Health Reporting. See all those awarded on the SPJ Website.
John Stephens was a Studio intern for Denver Open Media from January to March in 2012. John grew up in Colorado and left in the '70s, returning in 2010. "I have a large skill set and a debt to public access. I'm making the transition from still photography to story telling. I just got my eighth granddaughter at the winter solstice. I've done human powered transportation since 1995, with over 130,000 miles under my wheels." You can find out more about his velomobile at: http://www.lobosolo.com/velo
The Open Media Foundation announced today for anyone interested in registering for our Youth Music Video Camp can take advantage of early bird registration pricing - only $399 if you register by May 15, 2012 11:59 PM MST. This great deal is $50 savings on regular registration prices, and includes all of the following:
- Daily workshops on using a camera and lighting techniques to shoot video footage
- Create a story using video and music
- Learning about and using audio and video editing equipment
- Premiere your finished video at Open Media Foundation
- Mentorship with experts in the industry
- Access to state-of-the-art production and editing gear
When: July 16-20th, Final Screening on eve of Thursday, July 26th
Who: 14-19 year olds
How: Register online here
Open Media Foundation has opened registration for their 2012 summer youth filmmaker camp, to be held July 16-20th. Students aged 13-19 will work on a production team, using songs from local bands, to film and edit a music video in one week.
A little about the local acts that are donating music to the program:
The Flobots are a progressive act with a progressive message, and are a nationally recognized musical act. In 2008, the band started a 501(c)3 "using music and the arts as inspiration to help young people with tools to make a difference in themselves, their communities and their world" [visit their website to learn more].
Total Ghost is a multimedia performance band consisting of fictional German rock gods Chön and Biktor. The project started with a custom birthday video gift for a friend, and has grown to include award-winning music videos from the Nix Brothers. Check out the Nix Bros. work on totalghost.com.
Don't delay, spaces are limited. Register for the youth filmmaker camp today - click here!
Music video production is one of the most accessible and hands-on ways to learn the business of film and video production. Modeled after similar programs that have a track record of success, Open Media Foundation’s camp will offer the youth participants an opportunity to gain real-world production and editing experience. The camp’s instructors bring experience from all segments of the video production community, including pre-production, production, editing, aesthetics, and audio.
Come out and enjoy the arts and entertainment of First Friday April 6.
The Open Media Foundation has a great evening in store, and we are conveniently located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District! Free and open to the public, our guest host will be the Colorado Anti-Violence Program and musical entertainment will graciously be provided by Jen Korte and the Loss. Studio A will be cablecast live on channel 56, Denver Open Media.
See you there!
As we move to Daylight Savings Time and the sun begins to slowly feel warmer, we know that spring is close.
Unfortunately that also means that the tax filing deadline is fast approaching. With that in mind, check out our Charitable Contributions page for tips on claiming any donations you made last year to the Open Media Foundation.
Your support helps us continue to support and build our great community programs such as our youth media education program, Open Media Generation, and our expanding class offerings in our community computer lab.