Mission: The mission of the Ninth Street Media Consortium is to secure a lasting space for the creation and dissemination of independent media technology that promotes democracy, community participation, cultural preservation, access and lifelong learning on behalf of a diverse community of artists and audiences.
Programs: In 2002, Ninth Street purchased and renovated our multi-purpose media arts center in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood. Our facility is co-owned by the Center for Asian American Media, Film Arts Foundation, Frameline and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Along the way, our arts groups also began sharing resources such as digital projectors and other major equipment, as well as shared staff positions. These resources allowed our nonprofits to save tremendously on various costs, thus providing better services to our respective communities.
Ninth Street collaborates on programs such as a shared Youth Coordinator position. We also have a film forum series titled ALIVE@9th Street that explores topics and themes our media arts organizations share in common and an exhibition series of films and programs in our first floor Screening Room that are produced, distributed and/or funded by Ninth Street organizations.
I deeply value creativity, education, and diversity because I believe that they are important elements of a healthy society; supporting a strong democracy. Ninth Street Media Consortium is an extraordinary example of how a facility can embody these values. With numerous groups coming together from diverse backgrounds, with various visions and missions, Ninth Street Media Consortium is a home for culturally relevant media.
Since I've been at Ninth Street Media Consortium, we have redistributed approximately a third of the space in our film center, also incorporating a youth media program "TILT," an Exhibitions program, and the Media Arts Incubator residency program, while continuing to maintain IT/equipment support and handle all building management for our media arts partners and tenants. In short, we’ve been busy.
The past few years have been a time of great expansion but this growth is not sustainable without substantial funding. Ninth Street needs your support for our youth media program TILT, the Media Arts Incubator residency program, the Exhibition program and Building Reserve Fund. In particular, we have learned from an Asset Reserve Analysis that Ninth Street needs a more robust reserve fund to be fiscally responsible for the upkeep of our shared home.