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IPMA is an
independent educational nonprofit focusing on public service through media arts--photography, video, radio, and the World Wide Web/ Internet. IPMA utilizes media arts as an educational tool for reflection, learning and empowerment. IPMA focuses on the first-person point of view of people traditionally under-represented in main-stream media. To this end, IPMA helps people engage community issues and create media that represents their point of view.
Access & Artistry
"Our reporters do not cover stories from their point of view. They are presenting them from nobody's point of view." -Richard S. Salant, President of CBS News, in TV Guide
With the introduction of the 1996 Telecommunication Act, media conglomerates are buying up more television and radio stations, taking over smaller media organizations and controlling more of the information we receive through print, television, radio and now the Internet. As a result, people are losing ground, losing influence and losing out. Certainly these recent events highlight the need for broader access to media tools, which is one of IPMA's primary goals. However, IPMA also believes that there is a need to develop the art of using media tools.
As Ellen Schneider, Executive Producer of the PBS series "P.O.V." and
IPMA project advisory board member, put it, "You can't just give someone
a typewriter and expect them to write a novel." IPMA can't only provide
access to media tools without also building the skills and artistry of
the people using those tools to communicate about community issues they
find important. When IPMA works with teens through Youth Voice Radio,
they aren't just learning how to use the equipment, but also how to
create radio that will eventually be viable for NPR. Similarly, visually
impaired students at Governor Morehead School for the Blind aren't just
learning how to use a camera for the first time. They are learning how
to take pictures that can be presented publicly. In fact, a Governor
Morehead School student's photograph was included in a national student
art exhibit at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC during the summer of
Civic EngagementFrom TV satellite links, to instantly transmitted photos of world events, to the Internet, media tools have enormous power to bring our world together. Often, though, these same tools are used in a way that alienates people from each other by perpetuating stereotypes and creating atrophied arm-chair critics. IPMA sees communication as engagement. IPMA reclaims the use of media tools to build community; to advance education and the articulation of under-heard voices; and to increase critical thinking and community problem-solving skills. When IPMA worked with students at 19 colleges and universities across the country as a part of the
CURRENT IPMA PROJECTS
During the Spring 1996 semester and the entire 1997-1998 school year,
During the 1996-97 school year,
Sound ShadowsSound Shadows is a literacy-through-photography program started by IPMA in 1992 at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. In a predominantly visually centered world, Sound Shadows is a bridge between visually impaired students and a visual world which has traditionally alienated them. Since it began, Sound Shadows has worked in-depth, one-on-one with over 50 high-school students. The program has seen measurable success through improved grades in language arts and spelling, increased self-esteem among participants and introduction of a new way to render their ideas, beliefs and lives in a visual world.
From The Hip Photo Exhibition & Documentary BookIn 1993, From The Hip-a visual diary of community service-paired 280 young photographers and writers from across the country to discover and record what young people are doing in their communities and how they define service. With funding from the Corporation for National Service, the From The Hip photo exhibit opened at the Boston Center for the Arts in April 1994 and has toured the country to the Council on Foundations Annual Meeting in New York City, Vanderbilt University, Ohio State University, Washington, D.C., Durham, NC and other places.
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