What is different with UMA

UMA is a broader organization that encompasses several key programs and offerings.

  • MATV (Public, Education & Government Cable Access Channels)
  • Neighborhood View – citizen journalism
  • Gallery UMA – physical & virtual gallery
  • Malden Reads – collaborative community reading program
  • Filmbuilding – co-creative, discovery-based filmmaking
  • Education – Media Arts Education workshops
  • Podcasting – resources & a community of podcasters
  • Arts & Culture initiatives
  • UMA events

How is UMA different from MATV?

  • Though still serving Malden, it will expand its reach beyond Malden, playing a more regional (not just Malden-specific) role that even connects across the globe.
  • More active efforts to connect community online. We have introduced an online community component.
  • Adding new staff and interns to help serve you.
  • Proactively recognizing community initiatives, like Filmbuilding, and inviting new partners to collaborate with UMA.
  • A new pay what you can membership model.
  • More active support for community businesses and groups.
  • More active research about media forms that support members.

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