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Please help support our preservation and archiving projects now underway.

MN Media Arts is here to help!
Please consider supporting our efforts through an operations donation or a special projects contribution. Current projects under development include:

- Melisande Charles Video Art Collection 1972-2010 project support

Preserve the video collection through better environmental storage facilities. Continue our cataloging and metadata efforts preparing the collection for digital conversion. Assist with research and script development of a documentary program based on library and historical footage including video interviews with Ms Charles in the year before her death on September 2, 2017 at age 86.

- Cable Arts Consortium Archive 1985-1993 project support

Help us continue to digitally convert the Twin Cities Cable Arts Consortium video collection of 50+ programs from the mid to late 1980s, featuring artists and arts organizations in Minnesota. Your financial support will be combined with a grant from MNHS Legacy Funds to complete this project in 2021.

- University Community Video/Intermedia Arts "Changing Channels Series" Collection - project support 1974-1978

UCV/Intermedia Arts was a pioneer in community media in the 1970's through their video "portapak" training and the program series Changing Channels that featured community based TV programs broadcast on then, KTCA-TV Channel 2, in St. Paul Minnesota. This was one of the earliest examples of an alternative media program series broadcast in the United States. MN Media Arts is working on the collection's metadata, series timeline, confirming program titles, length, producer and copyright information. Our goal is to secure funding to digitize the collection and make it available for research purposes via an online catalog finding aid. Your support will help with these efforts to bring the series out of storage for digital preservation before the original media further degrades.

Provide Ongoing Support for Our Work via GIVE MN in 2020!

- General Media Lab Conversions 2016-2021 Support

The cultural memories stored on disintegrating videotape media are being lost forever. We need to archive and preserve documentaries and independent programming that may just disappear. Minnesota Media Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization fostering the production, preservation and access to works of media arts. We are working with Minnesota's creative, cultural, artistic organizations and individuals to better manage and stabilize their media collections to preserve our cultural heritage. We do this by offering educational resources and media archive project coordination, production and distribution services.

Your support will help foster our research and assist in providing discounted services to MNMA members and individual artists, and arts and cultural organizations.

Our cultural history captured on videotape is 'in crisis' and may be lost forever. While viable video playback equipment is becoming more obsolete, the magnetic tape medium itself is also disintegrating. We need now to take action to stabilize media collections, through an archive and preservation process as soon as possible, or it may just disappear.

You can donate anytime via our secure fundraising portal  

Questions? Contact Mark at MN Media Arts 612-801-7355


Contributing and Supporting MN Media Arts though technology donations.

We also are very grateful for the donations of used video equipment. Our Media Lab has received equipment donations from Medtronic, Saving Tapes-Cargill, City of Rivers Falls WI, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Northwestern University-St. Paul, Eagan Television. Craig Sinard Productions, Digital Pictures, Greg Stiever Productions, and Big Bang Productions.

Currently we are interested in computers, hard drives, servers and video monitors. We need legacy video format recorders/players: EIAJ 1/2" reel-to-reel VTRs, Betamax, Hi-8, S-VHS, 3/4" U-matic VCRs. We are also looking for working professional video formats: Digital Betacam and Betacam-SP, DV-Cam and Mini-DV VCRs, TBC's, Proc Amps, etc.

We are also seeking people who know how to repair and maintain legacy video equipment. Referrals and Volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

Minnesota Media Arts
641 Fairview Ave N, #191
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Phone: +1 (612) 361-7476