Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just and creative world. From the unique intersection of media and communications, art, technology, education and social justice, we share and develop models for transforming ourselves and our communities.
Our work is grounded in Network Principles developed and evolved through dialogue with our uniquely diverse and collaborative community of participants.
We convene close to 2,000 people annually in Detroit to innovate and exchange strategies through the Allied Media Conference. We facilitate a participatory design process each year to develop a unique range of conference content exploring the intersections of media and communications, art, technology, education, and social justice.
The Allied Media Conference began in 1999 as a celebration of independent publishing and do-it-yourself culture. The AMC has expanded to a large and diverse gathering, offering hands-on trainings in a wide-range of media practices, from breakdancing to video-blogging to building radio transmitters and wireless mesh networks. The AMC fosters strategies for how these practices can support and inspire grassroots organizing for social justice.
AMP moved the AMC from its original home in Bowling Green, Ohio, to Detroit, Michigan in 2007, connecting with the city’s rich legacy of community media and social movements. The AMC has become a one-of-a-kind convergence point for the most visionary and effective media-based organizers from across the U.S. and beyond, who come to Detroit every year to teach and to learn.
Out of the AMC emerge new projects, campaigns, and collaborations that continue year round. Through our Sponsored Projects program, AMP offers these projects access to a range of shared services including fiscal management, project planning, fundraising support, and communications strategy.