20th Annual Allied Media Conference (2018)

Over 3,000 attendees converged at Detroit’s Wayne State University for the 20th anniversary of the Allied Media Conference. AMC2018 was a celebration of how far we have come and the critical connections that have made the growth of this conference and this work possible. AMC2018 was also a moment to pause to collectively envision how the Allied Media Conference may evolve throughout the next two decades. Both plenaries and the Cumbia Kids Party returned for a second year, and the Dream Cafe, an epic experiment in food, culture, and community, made its debut, popping up at the Cass Cafe throughout the weekend. This year’s Opening Ceremony event featured a keynote conversation between Tarana Burke, lifelong activist and founder of the #metoo Movement, and Mariame Kaba, long-time AMCer and founder of Chicago’s Project Nia.

AMC2018 Program Book

Click on the image below to download a PDF of the AMC2018 program book.

Image of a stack of two AMC 2018 program books. the covers are black with a large '20' in gold foil

AMC2018 Online Schedule

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Tracks, Practice Spaces, Network Gatherings


Practice Spaces

Network Gatherings

20th Anniversary Podcast

AMC Video Playlist


Browse AMC2018 photos on Flickr: Friday, June 15 | Saturday, June 16 | Sunday, June 17

Or you can browse photos on the AMC Facebook page.


Major Funding Provided By

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Ford Foundation
Open Society Foundations
National Endowment for the Arts
MacArthur Foundation
Knight Foundation

AMC2018 Sponsors

The California Endowment
Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
Knight Foundation
Michigan First Credit Union
New Center Park
New Economy Initiative
Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Baltimore Gallery
Cass Corridor Films
Downtown Detroit Partnership
Detroit Free Press
The People's Iftar
Abundance Foundation
The Center for Media Justice
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
New Center Park 2018
The California Endowment: Sons & Brothers

Media Partners

PM Press