BIG we are here to help amplify ALL of our community’s voices, and hope you will support us to continue that critical work in 2020!
Brookline’s fall town meetings were filled with diverse perspectives and new voices on many important topics affecting our community. Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) was there for every minute of these town meetings, as always. Our work assures thatBrookline’s public process was 100% transparent and accessible to all through our independent community cable channels, live streaming, social media and archived community content online.
Unfortunately, BIG’s critical coverage may not survive without your support. Even as BIG expands its public media mission, we are losing major funding from cable fees.In 2020, BIG stands to lose ⅓ of its total budget as we face difficult policy battles with the FCC.
Please help us protect BIG’s community media resources in 2020 by becoming a donor, member, volunteer, creator, or make a recurring donation on Patreon!
In 2019, BIG covered over 850 hours of local government meetings and election forums, taught 200+ youth and adults in after-school and evening media literacy programs, and helped over 100 members, town committees, and community groups create their own media for BIG’s online and cable channels. BIG’s members produced over 20 programs monthly on topics such as health care, senior living, music and performing arts, politics, children’s yoga, religion, education, politics, domestic violence, and climate change.
Additionally, BIG engages the entire community in becoming media makers, sharing their stories, gaining new skills, and documenting local news & history through creative community projects like these:
Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end contribution of any amount to help us continue this work in Brookline in 2020. Make your gift at www.brooklineinteractive.org/donate or by sending a check in the enclosed envelope, or make a recurring donation by becoming a Patron on Patreon.com.
Thank you for your continued support, and wishing you a happy holiday season! Warmly,
Executive Director, and the entire team at BIG!
As BIG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, your contributions are tax-deductible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to receive our tax-deductible ID.
Here are a few of our initiatives that need your support:
Job Training Program for Brookline High School
In the fall of 2017 BIG launched a pilot job training program for Brookline high school students. In this program, BIG staff trained students about using cameras, lighting, audio, and working with clients, ultimately preparing them to be able to go out and film community events. All participants in this program are paid for time they spent training, working on projects, and filming events. They work between 2-5 hours a week, and starting in the spring of 2018, we expanded the program to include 20 students, and include training in graphic design, journalism, web development, production, marketing, and VR! Donate here!
VR/AR Scholarship Program
The Public VR Lab, the first lab to make VR/AR/360 accessible to the public, works to provide the public with full access and consumer/creator education regarding how to use this new technology. The public can create their own non-commercial content in the public interest using free and low-cost media equipment, training, classes, and development collaboration at the Public VR Lab, or create commercial content within some parameters.
The Lab and its parent non-profit organization, Brookline Interactive Group, are building an inclusive, diverse and globally-networked Community XR field that mirrors BIG’s thirty-five-year local history providing community-based media, training, and access to equipment to the general public.
The Lab and BIG completed its first year of a new job training program for Boston-area youth focused on traditional and emerging media training and soft/hard job skills, and builds on this program by announcing a new college scholarship program focused on youth who are interested in pursuing careers in emerging media as programmers, producers or creative designers.
As part of this program, BIG and the Lab have seeded the scholarship program with donations from Brookline residents, as well as regional VR/AR enthusiasts, professionals in the industry, and former participants of the Lab’s programs, Meetup group, and hackathons. Donate here!
Arrival: Immigration in Full Frame
The Public VR Lab has launched the first national collaboration project around 360 filmmaking, immersive journalism, and community storytelling, and is focusing it on the topic of immigration.
With participant grantees from Alaska to Philadelphia, we have gathered a cohort of filmmakers, activists, storytellers, journalists, librarians, and community media arts organizations to collaborate to create the largest immersive experience of immigration stories in 360/VR by collecting immigration stories from people whose families immigrated to America anywhere from 1620 to present-day. These stories will be gathered locally and distributed worldwide. This immersive storytelling project demonstrates the broad diversity and beauty of American immigration, the ways we might re-imagine migration, and outlines a visual narrative of where and how Americans came together. Donate here!
Middle School Media Literacy
This fall, we piloted a new after-school program for Brookline girls in grades 6-8, called “Middle School Media Literacy.” In this new 8-session media arts class, students explore how women and girls are represented in the media and think critically about how they are portrayed. Then they wrote and created their own videos that challenge stereotypes and problematic messages and tells a story they want to tell. BIG staff mentored them through the entire creative process and taught them production skills as they wrote, filmed, and edited their own media content. We were able to offer this class thanks to a generous grant from the Brookline Community Foundation, and hope to offer it again in the future. Donate here!