ST. PAUL (June 9, 2014) — This year, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), has been creating a wide variety of opportunities for local citizens to make their voice heard.
The organization’s diverse array of programming has been expanding to engage more community members than ever before, and receiving accolades for this work. Amidst the uncertainty of cable in St. Paul, with questions still unanswered as to what company will control the local cable system, SPNN continues to build community through media.
Several new funders have ensured that SPNN will maintain the organization’s mission of amplifying diverse, often unheard, voices. Doc U, an award-winning documentary filmmaking program for low-income adults, is entering its third year with full funding. Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation, Doc U will engage 12 low-income adults in an intensive 16-week mentorship program, with women and/or people of color making up more than half the participants.
Participants will receive a stipend as they learn the art of documentary filmmaking from SPNN Access staff and local documentarians, and they will leave the program with a 10-minute documentary on a topic of their choosing. Applications for the program are currently being accepted at www.SPNN.org/DocU through June 30th.
The F.R. Bigelow Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Voqal Fund have committed to funding Hmong Pioneers, a multi-year documentary film project that will capture, share and preserve the foundational story of the Hmong community in Saint Paul. Award-winning staff producer David Zierott will work with the Hmong community to capture oral histories and create an hour-long documentary film. SPNN will use the completed film to foster community, hosting screenings with live panel discussions, cablecast on SPNN’s Channel 19 and shared online. The project will involve Hmong youth as co-producers to inspire cross generational connections.
The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps program based at SPNN has offered a creative vision for national service for over ten years. CTEP was recently recognized for this leading-edge work when it was chosen as one of the most innovative national-service models in America by the national nonprofit Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP). CTEP AmeriCorps bridges the “digital divide” for new Americans and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 35 CTEP AmeriCorps members, working at sites across the Twin Cities metro area, help youth and adults use technology to better access social, civic, educational and economic opportunities.
SPNN’s mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding. The organization’s award winning programs continue offer St. Paul’s diverse community meaningful access to media and technology skills. SPNN is proud to be an asset to the community, offering valuable locally produced content alongside other services, including training, youth programming, and CTEP AmeriCorps. SPNN is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area.
For information call 651-224-5153 of visit SPNN at 375 S Jackson St, Suite 250, St. Paul, MN 55101.