Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Media Party Tuesday

From the Media Arts Project, a don't-miss networking opportunity for Asheville's artsy geeks and new media nerds...

Don’t miss "Code Name : Open Source," a joint fundraiser from the Media Arts Project and Hatch Asheville. The evening will feature innovative local artists who have been awarded MAP's Daniel DeLaVergne Media Arts Advantage Fund grant, and a talk on "The Future of Open Source” from former Red Hat executive Teresa Spangler.

DATE: Tuesday, March 24th

TIME: 7 PM until 9 PM

LOCATION: Pack Place, 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville

COST: $20 tickets online or at the door, includes drinks and appetizers

The Daniel DeLaVergne MAAF, a joint initiative between Advantage West Economic Development Group and the MAP, is given to regional artists each year in order to foster and promote innovative media arts and film in Western North Carolina.

The event will feature a showcase of art by MAAF grantees and judges from years past, including:

* Filmmaker Paul Schattel’s Alison All Over, a micro-budget, professionally executed HD feature film.
* Gene Felice’s large-scale installation employing audio, visual and interactive methods powered by alternative sources such as solar panels and bicycle generators
* Chas Llewellyn’s Zenotopia, an animated film featuring puppet characters
* Michael Folliett’s CRATE Asheville 1.0, a media literacy project that offers youth education in media content analysis and multimedia production
* A collaborative project from UNCA Multimedia Arts and Sciences program’s Lei Han and Lorraine Walsh and their students
* Animator David Miller
* Documentary filmmakers Adams Wood and Francine Cavanaugh with On Coal River,their documentary on the effects of coal mining on a small community
* Craig Hobbs and Chris Bower with science-fiction feature Moon Europa
* Stewart Dickson’s 4-dimensional Zoetropes of 3-D computer-generated animated "morphs" in physical materials

Half the proceeds of the fundraiser will go directly to the MAAF and will be matched by Advantage West, providing up to $12,000 in grants to artists in the region. This event is an opportunity to directly contribute to the creative community in western North Carolina.

The event will also feature a talk and Q&A with Teresa Spangler, now the CEO of Creative Leadership Adventures. Prior to founding CLA, she held senior positions with Red Hat, Inc, where she was responsible for pre-IPO revenue and building the sales organization to drive revenue from under $10 million to over $35 million. She led the business development organization and marketing organizations for Red Hat after its IPO. Her role also included establishing strategic revenue-generating relationships with the giants of high technology: IBM, Intel, Compaq, HP, Oracle and Dell. Prior to Red Hat, Teresa worked with Technauts, Inc. and Picturetel Corporation.

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