May 2019—
9:00 am—5:00 pm

The American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please note: This is a funders-only event.


The 2019 Media Impact Forum: Radio Active Culture

Join us on May 23 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Cultural organizations are increasingly relying upon film and digital media to strengthen their programming onsite and to reach a broader audience online and in their communities. Innovative figures at museums and other arts organizations are leading the way, with significant support from philanthropy. And more and more arts and culture organizations are using these tools and resources to spark civic engagement, beyond traditional educational and aesthetic functions of their organizations.

Among media forms and formats, radio is seeing a resurgence in reach and impact, driven in part by the explosion of interest in podcasts and other streaming media experiences.

Taken together, this year’s Media Impact Forum will explore the intersection between the arts, culture and media, and will focus on the impact of creative expression through media. In particular, we’ll take a close look at the connection between radio and community, and how this format continues to promote civic dialogue to the broadest audiences possible.

We will hear from philanthropist Peter Buffett about the development of local radio stations designed to build a sense of community in Kingston, N.Y., and Milwaukee, Wis. He will be joined by Sara Lomax-Reese, President and CEO of WURD in Philadelphia, who will discuss her station’s role as a prominent voice in Philadelphia’s black community. Later, Stanley Nelson will bring his new film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. And throughout the day, we’ll hear about ways that cultural and media organizations are working together to deliver creative content in the public interest.

Stay tuned as we continue to shape this program.

About the Media Impact Forum

Each year, this annual gathering brings funders from across the country together with media makers and analysts to share insights about the field’s most influential projects and trends. We come together for a day of inspiring media presentations and dialogue, and the chance to network with peers to deepen learning and spark collaboration.

Want more Media Impact Forum? Check out our 2018 Forum, which helped philanthropy focus on the special role of science in our national debates, the importance of sharpening the communications of science, and broader issues about understanding how and when communications and storytelling make a difference.

Watch the 2018 Media Impact Forum

Learn more about previous Media Impact Forums here.

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