September News from the Open Media Foundation

September 2013
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In this Issue
September Classes
New Classes - Reality TV and Illustrator
New Member Orientation
Letter from the Executive Director
FREE Event: Access La Alma
Intern Spotlight
Organizational Member Spotlight
September Classes and Events
Click the class and event titles to read descriptions and register online.

Tuesdays, September 3,10,17,24
6:30-9 pm

Wednesday, September 4

Thursday, September 5
Friday, September 6

Wednesday, September 11

Thursday, September 12

Thursday, September 19

Saturday, September 21

Wednesday, September 25

Thursday, September 26

Saturday, September 28
New Classes - Reality TV and Illustrator

Two new classes will be offered by Open Media Foundation in the month of September.


Our Adobe Illustrator Workshop covers the popular vector graphics editing program. Learn when to use Illustrator versus Photoshop, how to get around in the Illustrator interface, and how to use some of its tools. In this class, students will design a logo that can be used for print, web or video.  Thursday, September 19th, 6-9pm.


Introduction to Reality TV, a special 8-hour class, demonstrates the process of reality TV show development - from creation, to making "the pitch", to production.  Taught by three experienced television professionals, the class shows what is required by networks to get in the door.  Saturday, September 21st, 10am-6pm.

So you have a DOM Membership - Now What?

Join us for the revitalized New Member Orientation class Wednesday, September 4th at 6:45pm. This FREE session will provide you with the information and training you will need to register for classes, connect with others, make reservations and get your shows on-air.


During this session we will also review the rules and regulations related to your membership at Denver Open Media as well as answer any questions and concerns you may have.


Future sessions will be held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:45-8pm (right after the Your Voice Your Media tour). Register for the free class hereContact for more information.

Letter from the Executive Director, Tony Shawcross
I'm proud to live and work in my favorite neighborhood in Denver. Last month, this community was officially re-named "La Alma/Lincoln Park." The name change is a symbolic gesture, combining two names befitting a community that likewise combines a long, proud history of Latino culture together with the burgeoning Arts District, which brings a culture of its own, often completely separate from that of the community in which it is located. 

This coming First Friday, OMF is hosting a celebration that aims to merge these two cultures, embracing the Latino community as the soul of this neighborhood, though they are often absent from the First Friday celebrations in the Arts District on Santa Fe. Partnering with a number of local organizations, we've invited most of the residents of the neighborhood for a First Friday celebration that should be unlike anything you've experienced before. See below for more info:
 Special First Friday Event! 
Come Celebrate with OMF and DOM at 
Access La Alma/Acceso La Alma
Friday, September 6th: 5:30-9pm 

The Open Media Foundation is hosting a FREE Neighborhood Party on Friday, September 6th from 5:30-9 pm.  


The event will be held inside and outside the Denver Open Media studios on the 700 block between Santa Fe and Kalamath. DOM will broadcast LIVE via cable and internet streams and feature an exciting Denver Latin band, IZCALLI, inside the studio. Outside, long-time DOM partner KGNU - Denver's Community Radio station, will celebrate their 9th Anniversary on-air in Denver by showcasing the East Colfax Scratch Academy DJs.


In addition to its regular First Friday LIVE TV entertainment show from the Denver Open Media Studios, DOM will play host to dozens of nonprofits, activities, music, entertainment, food and drinks for the whole family spread across the entire 7th Avenue block.


Access La Alma is focused on celebrating the La Alma/Lincoln Park Neighborhood, connecting nonprofit services with the community's residents, and building local partnerships throughout our neighborhood. It is also designed to thank YOU - our friends and partners! We hope to see you there!   


Sponsors for the event include local favorites Wynkoop Brewing CompanyBlack Eyed Pea, Illegal Pete's, EldoradoBoulder Ice Cream, Rudi's Bakery, and Taste of the Wild Denver Zoo Catering.


For more information, click here or contact the Open Media Foundation at

Intern Spotlight: Andres Lopez, Public Access

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am 16 years old, and I am a junior at The Denver Center for International Studies.  I have attended a film school at The Binning Family Foundation for four years. I think that audio interests me the most.


Why did you decide to do an internship at OMF?

I pass by OMF everyday after school so I decided to do a little site searching then I found the internship page so I thought that this would be a good opportunity to do something that I love! So far I have learned how to use all the cameras and how to do audio for a live show.


Why do you think community media centers like Denver Open Media are important?

I think that community media centers are important because it allows the community to have access to something that they normally would not be able to have access to.

Organizational Member Spotlight: SOCUE (Sisters of Color United for Education)
1. Brief description of the work of the organization.
SOCUE is all about building a community of promotoras, community health workers. Through an innovative curriculum that involves about 150 hours of instruction, SOCUE trains promotoras to become trusted community leaders who pass knowledge, mentoring and empowerment to other people in the community in times of growth and need. SOCUE believes that indigenous communities have the inherent strength, wisdom and ability to nurture individual growth and mobilize for a better quality of life through education and access to wellness services.
2. What relationship does the organization have with OMF?
In spring 2013, SOCUE received the Open Media Foundation Multimedia and Outreach Assistance Grant. During the initial months of the project, four SOCUE members and associates completed courses in studio production, video editing and other multimedia software applications. With assistance from OMF's Director of Video Production and a Community Engagement Intern, SOCUE completed pre-planning and primary production on a short outreach video. For the project, we interviewed five individuals, including promotoras and officials in Colorado's health system. In September 2013, we will complete the outreach video and screen the work at SOCUE's health pachanga (party) for community elders on the 28th September. We are also moving forward with a fundraising video and a PSA to showcase how SOCUE reduces health disparities among Latinos in Colorado.