NEO To Build Media Arts Center
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/03/2006 - 00:26.
Discussions at the NEO Excellence Roundtable on Film surfaced many areas where people want to pursue initiatives, but none had as much support as a "Media Arts Center".
Even without ever having seen a media arts center, I can picture what it looks like, offers the community, and adds to the economy. To make this picture a reality, we need to help many community leaders see it clearly too. Let's start by throwing around some ideas - here's what we started with from the Roundtable notes:
- Having a vibrant film industry creates visual outcomes - films and increasingly multimedia - that enlightens and transforms the community itself
- Need to make basic film making tools more accessible.
- Cameras are $1,000s
- Adequate computers and prefered software are expensive
- Could share many facilities - green screen - soundstage
- Loan or rental program
- Need media arts center
- Examples in Pittsburgh, Columbus
- Other examples
- What should a media arts center provide/be?
- Not just about film - all media - music for media?
David Reed of the Kent State Urban Design Collabortive pointed out they are working on some major projects in East Cleveland
- Quality power in = quality power out
- Cleveland can be source of quality films, but we need to have excellence in every segment of the industry, from K-12 and higher education to creative funding to technology support... along with talented film makers
- East Cleveland has some lowest cost space, including land bank properties. If you have a great idea that will need some land, then this is an opportunity
- Need to develop more opportunities in film for students - all ages - draw them into industry and keep them in town
- Film is not just film makers or actors - there are many interesting good paying jobs and related businesses supported
- From real estate and economic development perspective, the arts are part of urban sustainability and we need to help film industry grow
- Film is important part of community story telling
- Again, the issue is raised that many of the new technologies are expensive - barrier to entry - need lending and timesharing program
- Includes facilities for special effects, animation, etc.... this is where many of the jobs develop
- Computer labs need help bringing video resources into urban areas - need to bridge digital divide
- This is especially a problem in poorer parts of the community, where few individuals and organizations, schools and clubs have high end computing equipment, software and high bandwidth
- Some attendees expressed immediate needs for donations of adequate computers and software, like a G5 and Director, to run a video production lab at public schools and community centers - who can help out?
- East Cleveland would like help with this
- There are lots of mini-studios in town - many people here have artistic side down pat - need help on business development side
- The most frequently raised idea is a non-profit, cooperative Media Arts Center
- David Reed of Kent Urban Design Collaborative explained there is one-stop urban design center in Columbus that is very powerful - suggests same for film here
- Raises obvious question... is Kent providing that service in Cleveland, or planning to, or is there a way it may be created here... we ned this for matters such as the I-90 bridge and Flats/Lakefront planning... something driving more collaborative community engagement and understanding
- The new Dean of the Kent State University College of Architecture and Urban Design will be featured at the March 21 Excellence Roundtable, so we'll have a chance to explore this further then
- What are world-class examples of such Media Arts Centers in the world today? We need to find the best practices - visit them - interact with their planners and managers - become experts and package this for this community