October has seen a rush of lively Localore events—from gather-rounds at the Third Coast Conference, to Hear Hear's live storytelling event at San Francisco's LitCrawl, to last night's Ed Zed Omega session at the Walker Art Center, where the project's dropout teens walked participants through a huge floor map to share stories about the realities of school today.
Here's a guide to what's coming up next:
Sundance New Frontier Story Lab
Localore producers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, who are incubating their Reinvention project at WYSO, have been selected to take part in this intensive retreat designed to support makers using technology to deepen story and engage audiences. Localore Executive Editor Noland Walker and Kara Oehler—editor-in-chief of Localore partner Zeega—will also serve as creative advisors to the lab. Learn more.
Localore producer Ken Eklund, who is heading up the Ed Zed Omega project at TPT, will present a keynote titled "Play It, Live It, Change It: Shaping the Future through Authentic Fiction" at this international gathering exploring video games, mobile apps, animation and other rising digital forms. Learn more.
National Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts—Washington, DC
AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt will discuss the emerging role of producers as creative change agents, and show highlights from the Localore productions at the public meeting of this council that advises the NEA on policies and programs. Learn more.
Summer Nights Finale at the Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Museum of California—Oakland, California
Join Localore producer Erica Mu and her team from KALW from 5:00-9:00 p.m. to experience the Hear Here installation. Visitors can walk through the story tunnel while listening to Hear Here stories activated by QR code scanners on their smartphones. A separate listening station will be available for those who do not have smartphones. Learn more.
Co-Creative Communities: Storytelling Futures for Community Arts and Media
Australian Center for the Moving Image—Melbourne, Australia
AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt will present on a panel titled "Broadcast Yourself" at this conference that brings storytellers, broadcasters, filmmakers, artists and researchers together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of digital convergence. Learn more.
Museum Computer Network Annual Conference: The Museum Unbound
Localore producer Ken Eklund will present on "Provocatively Reimagining Education: The Ed Zed Omega Game Project" at this national gathering of musuem information professionals. This year's theme is "shifting perspectives, evolving spaces, disruptive technologies." Learn more.
Futures of Entertainment 6
AIR Media Strategist Jessica Clark will moderate a panel titled "The Futures of Public Media" at this annual event exploring the future of media, brands and audiences. This year's focus is on how producers and audiences are relating to one another in new ways in a spreadable media landscape. Registration is still open—join us.
Launch Party: Austin Music Map
The ND—Austin, Texas
Join Localore producer Delaney Hall and her team from KUT from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for a preview of the immersive Austin Music Map site co-produced with Zeega, and details about how members of the public can contribute to the project. Plus: performances from DJ Nick Nack, Susan Torres and the Squeezebox Mafia, the Minor Mishap Marching Band, and White Ghost Shivers. Watch for details.
Curious City Pub Trivia Night
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, Illinois
Join Localore producer Jennifer Brandel and her team at WBEZ at 7:00 for a pub trivia night featuring 10 questions asked by Curious City participants. Team up with friends, strangers and WBEZ reporters to test your Windy City knowledge and win trophies. Watch for details.
Annual Meeting: American Geophysical Union
San Francisco, California
Localore producer Julia Kumari Drapkin will present on the iSeeChange Almanac that she has been developing with Zeega and partner station KVNF. This gathering is the largest worldwide conference in geophysical sciences. Learn more.
Oakland Museum of California—Oakland, California
Localore's Hear Here installation returns to the Oakland Museum of California from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Hear Here producers will also perform live on stage, opening the evening for KALW's Live Crosscurrents show. Participants are invited to a mixer prior to the show, and are guaranteed seats for the performance. Watch for details.
Austin Remixed PREMIERE!
Join Localore producer Delaney Hall and her Austin Music Map team from KUT for the debut of six original compositions, produced by local musicians in collaboration with the people of Austin. Watch for details.
Vote for the Localore session at the National Conference for Media Reform, and stay tuned for details about Localore at SXSW and other spring gatherings!