New Year, New Opportunities

I’m writing on New Year’s Day 2016, and I’m excited to kick off what is sure to be an exciting and challenging year. I’m also beginning to give shape to “A Look Back at 2015,” our annual report video for the year.

In the big picture, changes in technology, continued Big Media mergers and telecom-friendly legislation make the business of being a non-commercial community-media center ever challenging. Yet those same changes render the need for local content, and hands-on digital learning opportunities, ever more critical. DMA is ready for the challenge, and poised to unroll some exciting new services this year.

As DMA has time and again adapted to changing needs in our community, our community steps up to support DMA and the many programs we provide. Thank you—all of you! We’ll need your continued support this year. DMA will once again participate in the Big Day of Giving (May 3), and conduct our grassroots funding campaign throughout the month of May.

In the meantime, there’s much to occupy us on the local front: PSA Day for local non-profits is coming in February, and in late March we’ll begin recording “Meet the Candidates” for offices ranging from Davis City Council to the Assembly and Senate. This winter also brings new projects ranging from producer screenings; Final Cut user groups; a teen animation club; a new menu of paid production services, and more – see DCTV Updates for details on these, and find updates on our KDRT & DJUSD.TV projects below, as well.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016, and hoping our paths cross often in the spirit of deepening community.  

--Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

Open House a Big Success

Thanks to Team Davis & all who attended DMA’s Holiday Annual Open House. The Team Davis Youth sang live on KDRT and were the highlight of our evening. The place was absolutely packed, friendships were renewed and forged, and many new folks came to check out the media center. You can see Eunah Cho’s wonderful photos from the evening here.


DMA Board Updates

DMA is governed by an active and committed group of volunteers. Kate Snow served on the board for the past four years, and as its chair for much of that time. Her second term ended in December and we bid her a fond farewell, as a board member. Her work with the school district, and connections to social justice and immigration work informed DMA’s work in those areas as well. We are grateful for her time and energy shared. Thank you, Kate!

Thanks also to Andrea Jones, who has assumed leadership as our new board chair. Andrea held this position once before, for several years, and we are grateful for her institutional memory and leadership moving forward. Andrea has a wealth of experience in government and community leadership, and works as a principal with Foley Jones & Associates, a professional consulting firm specializing in grant writing, fun development and program design.

Also joining the board is Craig Blomberg, a longtime supporter and advocate for KDRT, and chair of the KDRT Management Team for the past few years.  Craig has a long history of service in our community, including his work with the Davis Human Relations Commission, and works as a Case Manager Supervisor for Sutter Davis Hospital.  We are delighted to welcome him to the board, where he’ll serve along with Andrea, Valerie Jones, and Henry House. DMA will be doing further board development this year and looks forward to sharing more

Updates from DCTV – Public Access Television

DMA ShortsCurrent DMA volunteers and producers are welcome to attend "DMA Shorts" on January 27 at 7pm. DMA Shorts will be a screening of DMA Producers (& friends) short-form completed work, current drafts, or other projects intended to provoke discussion. Look for a registration link on our DMA volunteer email list to guarantee a seat.

PSA Day: DMA knows how difficult it can be to get the word out about your programs and services—and on a budget, no less! Short, pithy, visual, inexpensive, and available online? We can help, via our annual PSA Day. This special production opportunity will help you make a 58-second public service announcement highlighting your organization and how it serves the community.  This year’s event takes place Feb. 10 & 11. Please see here for details and registration.  

Teen Animation Club: DMA is pleased to support a new club launched by 8th-grade Da Vinci student Zahra Baxi. A veteran of DMA’s Kid Vid Production and Animation camps, Zahra seeks to create a community of young animators who want to learn about more about animation. The club held its first meeting last month, along with adult mentors, and discussed possible activities for the year: meeting animators, working on animation projects, maintaining an animation blog, teaching animation to younger children, field trips to film festivals and screenings of animated films, and learning from each other. Email and we’ll put you in touch with club organizers.

Artist's Connection: "Artist's Connection" continues to provide unique insights into the world of making music. Check out the latest episode, in which host Kevin Fagan and artist Kari King discuss songwriting. More information available here


Updates from KDRT – Low-Power Community Radio

KDRT had a great year. KDRT programmers and volunteers provided major support for the Davis Music Festival, organized benefit concerts at Sudwerk and the Davis Odd Fellows, and hosted Professor Jesse Drew and about 30 students from the Technocultural Studies Program at UC Davis every Tuesday morning during fall quarter for another round of Technocult Radio.

Ruth Chambers and a cast of several brought us old-time radio storytelling on Chambers Street Theatre, and other long-running shows continued to delight and inspire (Davisville, Na Mele O Hawaii, Davis Garden Show, Live Tracks, The Grapevine).  Check out new show Davis Music Connections, “a panoply of music somehow connected to Davis” with your host Connections Clyde (Clyde Bowman), Tuesdays 2-3 p.m. Wednesday mornings at 10 brings The Folk Brothers with an eclectic range of music from traditional folk of the British Isles and United States. Find jazz, rock, hiphop and Afrobeat Friday mornings at 10 with Harold’s Chicken, followed by the landscape of metal with Heavy at 11.

Want more? See the full weekly schedule here, and to get involved attend a general orientation.


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