Albuquerque: A Hub for Youth & Grassroots Media

cory - Posted on 08 April 2010

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a hub of community media.  In our time here we have got to meet with folks from QuoteUnquote, a community-run Public Access Television Station, youth radio- out of KUNM, and The Media Literacy Project and the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School.  Youth from throughout Albuquerque are creating media, telling stories from their perspectives- and utilizing the media to discuss issues important to their communities.

In our workshops and presentations here we have focused on radio as tool for organizing and as a tool to solve problems.  Participants brainstormed about using radio and community media to overcome discrimination towards Arab and Mexican people, combat drunk driving and pedestrian deaths, end dog fighting, preserve native languages and culture, stop police harassment,  and more.  Youth Radio in Albuquerque already focuses  their radio program on social justice issues which they share through KUNM and also their blog.  They are currently mobilizing and fundraising to send youth members to the Allied Media Conference.

New Mexico is the only state that has recommended media literacy programs as an elective in their high-schools.  The Media Literacy Project had advocated for legislation that would require Media  Literacy  education in all public schools, and instead the legislature passed a bill that makes media literacy  an optional elective in high-schools.  While it is not required, there are many schools that work with The Media Literacy Project to feature classes that allow students to critically consume, analyze and create media.

We held a presentation at MACCS, the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. The school opened two years ago and features classes on video and audio production, blogging and more.  Students from this school also interact with the other various media projects in the city, including producing TV programs that air on the Quote Unqoute channel 27, Encantada TV and also radio pieces that air on KUNM the coll
ege/community station of the University of New Mexico.

On Friday, April 9 we will be featured on Quote-Unquote's indymedia show at 7pm (MST) on Channel 27 in Albuquerque.  Quote-Unquote continues to fight to defend their station, after facing budget cuts, political
attacks, and a loss of their space.

Movie Screening & Benefit Dance Party

Thursday, April 8
The Warehouse
413 2nd St. SW (between Lead & Coal)
Albuquerque, NM
6pm: "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad" - film screening
8pm: Benefit Dance Party feat. BARACUTANGA and DJ Andalalucha
$5-10 sliding scale benefit for Palabra Radio