The Open Media Foundation
July News from the Open Media Foundation

July 2010
In this Issue
Hometown Video Award Winners
First Friday at Denver Open Media
Save The Date
Producer Training & Orientation
Member Spotlight: Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
Youth Production Group
Video Spotlight
Check out a recent video created by the Open Media Foundation for Mondo Zen.
Quick Links
Upcoming Classes/Events
DOM Help Desk Hours
Thursdays 4:30-6pm

Holiday Closing:
July 3, Saturday, All Day

Your Voice. Your Media
July 7, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

DOM Producer Training and Orientation
July 7, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm

On-Camera Teleprompter Workshop
July 13, Tuesday, 6-9pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop - FULL
July 14 & 15, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm

Intro to Studio Production Workshop - FULL
July 17, Saturday, 11am-6pm

Your Voice. Your Media
July 21, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

DOM Producer Training and Orientation
July 21, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Field Production Workshop
July 28 & 29, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Open Media Generation Earns a Hometown Video Award

Spotlight on Students - The Green Episode has been selected as the winner of the Informational Talk Show category in the Youth Division for the 2010 Hometown Video Awards.

The Hometown Video Awards honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, an
d Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

The Hometown Video Awards Dinner will be held during the Alliance for Community Media International Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you want to attend the conference activities go to to register or call (202) 393-2650 x 11.

Hometown Award Winners

View this award-winning show in the Denver Open Media archive (and don't forget to vote to increase its airings on DOM!)
First Friday at Denver Open Media

On the first Friday of most months, DOM host a free community event that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57 and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online.

Next Event: Friday, August 6th 8-10pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

Please note: There will be no First Friday event on Friday, July 2nd.  Enjoy your holiday weekend and we will see you next month for another night of live entertainment!

Know of a band or a local non-profit organization that you think should be highlighted during our next First Friday event?  Encourage them to apply here.

See you next month in August!
Save The Date
Join us this fall for our 2nd annual Join the New Conversation Fundraising Breakfast.  Mark your calendars now!
When: Tuesday, November 9th from 7:30-8:30am
Where: Infinity Park Event Center

Currently, we are looking for volunteer table captains to host guests at this event.  Not only are table captains crucial in making the event happen, but also, they have the opportunity to connect more individuals to OMF and to increase our community support. This event is a free fundraiser, yet donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. Come learn more about the impact we are having in the Denver metro community!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Maria Lewis at or 720-222-0159 for more details.
DOM Producer Training and Orientation

The web department at the Open Media Foundation is constantly working to make improvements to our site. With your feedback, we are able to improve your experience at  Join us in this orientation session to test out the latest developments and learn about upcoming features. There will also be time to have your general questions and concerns addressed.

New to Denver Open Media? This session will provide you with the training you will need to register for classes, make reservations and submit programming.

Sessions to be held this month on July 7th and July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm in the FCP Computer Lab.  Please send your RSVP and the date you wish to attend to

Organizational Spotlight: Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)

Please provide a brief history of your organization.
Doors Open Denver Photo Contest: People's Choice Winner
The mission of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) is to advance arts and culture in the City and County of Denver.  Denver is a culturally vibrant city with over 300 large and small arts and cultural organizations. DOCA supports the arts in three main ways: enhancing community space through public art, providing free cultural programs and events, and strengthening the economy by growing our creative businesses and cultural/heritage tourism. This can only happen as DOCA partners with many other city departments, local community and arts organizations and the public, to fulfill our mission. Our vision is for Denver to be known as the Creative Capital of the West.

What are the issues that you are trying to bring to a larger audience?
We know that arts and culture make a city great, but we also know that sometimes it's difficult to be engaged in what's going on. DOCA wants to make sure that everyone has access - we want everyone to participate in the arts! Whether someone is an artist in need of a studio or a loan (our program Create Denver can help), is looking for free cultural events to attend (check out the Five Points Jazz Festival, Latino Rhythms or One Book, One Denver) or simply interested in walking down the street and looking at art (the City of Denver's Public Art collection numbers over 300 pieces) DOCA is here to provide easy access.

What are some of your primary goals for 2010?
We would like everyone in Denver to read the 2010 One Book, One Denver selection (we're announcing it on September 1st.) A second key goal is to double the number of folks signed up for DENVER 2 for 1 TIX. When you sign up at, you receive a free Wednesday email with 2 for 1 discount tickets that weekend - music, theater, movies, tours - all at half price. What are you doing this weekend?  Always, DOCA continues to provide great, free, arts programs and events and serve as a resource for all things arts and culture in Denver.

What are some of the projects you have worked on with the Open Media Foundation?
Have we mentioned how much we love Open Media Foundation? Our City of Denver website is fine for listing information, but we wanted more involvement and dialogue with the public. We are super excited about our new website,  Now the public has a chance to actively participate in new ways - with contests, voting, podcasts and more. Check out the incredible architectural photos taken by the public during Doors Open Denver, the books that could be selected for the next One Book One Denver, and get ready for the next contest where you have to identify public artworks to win prizes such as iPods and work by local artists. Our Open Media Foundation website makes it a conversation with the community.

How has using television/video/web allowed your organization to reach a wider audience?
We're still figuring this out, but so far, we've noticed that people really want to get involved. They are eager to upload their photographs, vote to decide what books and bands to feature, etc. The hope is that when people are more engaged with what we do, that they will do more! We are also excited to continue to build on the platform created by Open Media Foundation to allow the public to upload video and audio (coming soon).

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes. We think Sharee and Brian are magic. There isn't any empirical evidence to back this up, but since our website worked right off the bat, it must be true.
Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

Spotlight On StudentsAbout the group:  Do you know a student who dreams of being on TV?  How about working behind the scenes?  If so, they should join Denver Open Media's FREE Youth Production Group!

Finally, the Youth Group is meeting weekly!  Now, anyone between the ages of 12-19 can plan to stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun.

Participants will alternate between learning field, studio and editing techniques.  Students will learn how to produce youth-related content and will help solicit new youth-related programs.  Please check out our website for more information or email

We are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and alert during trainings/productions, please let us know if you have suggestions or information about youth group sponsorships.