These Actions are officially launching at the end of the Summer of 2012, in association with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) of Signal Mountain. You can get involved today at

Association of Student Video Productions
WHAT: Creating a resource network for students (K-12 and college) involved in producing videos.

WHY: Our students and schools need to learn from each other and share resources.

HOW: Establish resource directory. Hold workshops. Identify and host festivals and competitions.

SIMILAR: Bay Area Video Coalition



WHAT: Combining community with television = CommuniTV

WHY: There’s not much distribution of community-generated videos within our community.

HOW: Develop an infrastructure for input and output of community videos. Use the Denver Open Media model. Establish distribution channels and outlets.

SIMILAR: Denver Open Media

Community Memory

WHAT: [Introduction] Learning to tell stories to each other, record them, and save them for others to hear.

WHY: Few stories get recorded and shared in our community.

HOW: Learn how to tell stories and how to ask good questions. Identify resources for capturing stories. Tell stories and record them. Preserve stories in a digital keyword-searchable database. Collect more stories. Share with community.


Facilitation & Mediation

WHAT: Becoming better facilitators and mediators within our community

WHY: Every community meeting and conflict needs people to facilitate and mediate.

HOW: Learn methods. Practice techniques. Apply to community meetings and conflicts. Become a community resource.

SIMILAR: Community Boards of San Francisco

Imagine Chattanooga 2020
WHAT: Finding ways for the community to help with Imagine Chattanooga 2020 (IC2020).

WHY: IC2020 wants the arts to support the community.

HOW: Document the progress of IC2020. Promote IC2020 activities and events. Identify and implement strategies to reinforce IC2020 objectives.

RELATED: Imagine Chattanooga 2020

Info Dojo
WHAT: [Introduction] A workshop (whether virtual, physical, or event-based) where we learn how to communicate better, practice using our tools, and find ways to distribute our content.

WHY: It’s difficult to know where to start, when you’re trying to communicate with the community.

HOW: Teach and learn efficient and effective ways of using the most appropriate mode of communication for what you’re trying to do. Identify resources for learning more. Promote communication education and experiments.

SIMILAR: Hacker Dojo; AVA Media Lab

WHAT: Experimenting with interesting combinations of music, art, and dance.

WHY: Our community often has a lack of context for music, art, and dance.

HOW: Develop a series of experiments. Get feedback. Try new ideas. Repeat.

SIMILAR: Wide Open Floor

Real Drama
WHAT: Using dramatic plays and improvisational acting to spark discussion of community issues.

WHY: Drama is a powerful mode of communication, and can express some ideas more effectively than other modes.

HOW: Identify topics and plays. Cast volunteers for each part. Direct them in rehearsals. Schedule public performances. Get feedback. Write new plays and situations.

SIMILAR: Plays for Living

Speech & Debate
WHAT: Learning to express thoughts in public and defend them.

WHY: Each community meeting and presentation needs public speakers.

HOW: Hold workshops and rehearsals. Identify community topics. Identify and host competitions and tournaments for students and adults.

SIMILAR: Toastmasters, Greater Chattanooga Area Forensic League

WHAT: [INTRODUCTION] Gathering together unexpected audiences for sharing ideas.

WHY: It’s easy to get tunnel vision and not realize that a solution for a problem has already been invented by a neighbor.

HOW: Hold talks and seminars with a wide cross-section of people with different interests. Track the most interesting topics. Record the talks and presentations. Share with the community.



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