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  • Bangor Media Collective 7:27 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

  • Bangor Media Collective 7:15 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    July Photo Contest: WATER 

    Every month, Bangor Media Collective and The Maine Edge newspaper collaborate to hold a themed photo contest. The winners are published in a mid-month issue of The Maine Edge, and also here on bangorcommunitymedia.org.

    July’s theme is WATER. Submissions should interpret the theme an interesting way, and be of sufficient image quality for publication.

    Photographers of all ages and skill levels in Maine are encouraged to submit photographs.

    The deadline for July’s contest is July 1.

    To enter, send your photograph to bangorcommunitymedia@gmail.com with the subject heading, “Photo Contest.”

    We are looking forward to your submissions!

  • Bangor Media Collective 3:56 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    June Photo Contest Winners: Outside My Door 

    Here are the winners of our June Photo Contest in collaboration with The Maine Edge alternative newspaper.

    ➊ Skye Woods

    Skye Woods

    Skye Woods’ photo had excellent composition and texture, as well as an original choice of subject matter. The monochromatic medium works well because of the strong composition.

    ➋ Tony St. Pierre

    Tony St. Pierre

    A beautiful panoramic photo from an artist who specializes in this type of photography.

    ➌ Holly Wells


    Holly Wells

    Photo committee member Martin Chartrand said: “I like the tight composition, the way the colors and textures of the tree are pictured that give it an intense energy, and the clear fit with the theme by being something you could only see outdoors.”

    Thank you all for your submissions! We hope to see even more diverse talent in July.

  • Bangor Media Collective 1:43 am on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Hosting a Secret Cafe for INK Youth Zine Project 

    Welcome to our… Secret Café.

    We at Bangor Media Collective are super excited to be kicking off a fundraising season for the INK Youth Zine Project! INK helps Maine youth to publish zines through direct grants, workshops, support and more! Click here to check out one of the zines that INK has helped publish.

    This season we’ve decided to fundraise using an amazing idea brought to us by Echen Alexander, a Collective member from Olympia, Washington.

    We’ll be hosting the first of Bangor Media Collective’s Secret Cafes in Bangor in July. The Secret Cafe is a kind of in-home restaurant experience: the host cooks some dishes, gets some friends to act as waitstaff & cooks, and invites their friends over for a meal. The guests pay–either a la carte or a flat price for a meal with all the extras (or some combination)– and the money goes to support the cause, in this case the INK Youth Zine Project. It can be really fun, with a themed menu, dress-up atmosphere & coat-checkers, or simple with a buffet and outdoor dining. It’s all up to the host!

    So, here’s what we’re doing: We’re sending out an invitation for folks to host Secret Cafes in their homes during this summer! The style of meal, the way you do it is entirely up to you (though we’d be delighted to help you with ideas)! Do what you feel comfortable doing and what your friends will love. And you’ll be raising money for a great cause– helping us to encourage and amplify youth voices and artistic creativity through print media. If you’re interested in hosting a Secret Cafe in support of INK Youth Zine Project, email INK-YZP at bangorcommunitymedia@gmail.com. We’ll be psyched to talk about it with you and tell you what you need to know.

    I’ve created an online document, a “How-To” for Secret Cafe’ers to use as a starting point!! Check it out!
    Hosting a Secret Cafe for INK Youth Zine Project

    Here are some links describing how other groups have used Secret Cafes to raise money for causes.

    INK Youth Zine Project logo




    INK Youth Zine Project has previously given support to help publish SHOOT: (a youth-edited photography journal), Sprout (a youth-edited literary journal), and the Trans Kid Zine, a zine for and by transgender children, facilitated by the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. INK also publishes the Youth Activism Gathering Collective Zine and facilitates the zine workshop, in addition to offering zine workshops and other support to groups and individuals. This year, INK hopes to make the INK Project bigger and better than ever!

  • Bangor Media Collective 2:39 am on May 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New Bangor Zine Archive 

    A little while back, I dropped off a bunch of Maine zines to R-Massive/Gigantic Monster Records (who I interviewed for RazzleRose when the blog first got started). They were starting a zine archive of Bangor zines from the late 90s and early 2000s. I knew I had some stuff, so I started digging.

    What I found wasn’t exactly all Bangor zines, and some were more recent– I’m young enough to have not really been participating in zine culture in Bangor until 2003 or so. But I had made a couple trips to buy up whatever zine consignments area stores were still carrying before someone threw them out accidentally or stored them in a box never to be seen again. That is how I ended up with White Man – White Flag and Void zine, among others. Some zines–like Sunshines Underground and The Looking Glass— came out of my own circle of friends, making zines before we knew of the wider zine culture. We’re still making them today.

    It’s my hope when I acquire zines that they can someday be shared more widely, so I’m glad these scrappy cut-n-paste artifacts of Maine zine history are now available online in PDF. Check them out!

    R-Massive Zine Archive >


  • Bangor Media Collective 4:25 pm on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Photo Contest Winners Chosen 

    We had a great time judging the May Photo Contest in collaboration with The Maine Edge alternative newspaper.  Here are the winners.

    ➊ Lily Muscatell


    Lily Muscatell, "Tiny"

    We loved Lily’s photo because it is fun, humorous and lively– great characteristics for a “Spring” photo contest. The yawn perfectly captures that sense of trying to “wake up” after a long… long…  Maine winter.

    ➋ Sandy Olsen

    ” if you don’t know where you are, how do you know where you are going?”

    Sandy Olsen, " if you don't know where you are, how do you know where you are going?"

    This photo was a standout with its beautiful composition and color. I love marshes and ponds in the spring– they’re not the “iconic Maine” of the coastline that everyone flocks to see, but they’re my Maine. This little guy fishing captures the still, quiet damp calm of a Maine spring day.

    ➌ Laura Dunn

    “Daisy with clam diggers; gooserocks beach”

    it's a family thing

    Laura Dunn, "Daisy with clam diggers; gooserocks beach"

    Dunn says that this is “our beloved hen Daisy on an excursion to the beach last weekend.” Daisy does look right at home there.

    We truly enjoyed each and every photo sent to us, and we’ve published more of our favorites in the May photo gallery.

    • Pat 7:49 pm on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      GREAT PHOTO! Now you know that is one tame chicken if you can take her to the beach!! She looks right at home too! How many chicken beachcombers has Maine seens on it’s shores? Beachcomber: a person /or a chicken … who searches shore debris for anything of worth!

  • Bangor Media Collective 1:15 am on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    New Member Profile: Cassidy Cupero 

    Member Profiles is a new feature where we talk with a new member and learn more about their artwork, their interests, and their opinions on how the art scene in Bangor and beyond can be better.

     I’m Cassidy and 17, I don’t believe in grudges or lack of representation. I build my life only around the most influential people I can find with the most vast tastes and hobbies. I love owls and anything vintage and I probably don’t belong in central Maine, but for some reason I live here.

    As for my artwork, I pretty much only do photography but every now and again a pen and paper flows okay… Keep Reading >

  • Bangor Media Collective 5:25 pm on May 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Young People Needed for Educational Labor Event 

    Are you a YOUNG WORKER? Do you or someone you know hold an after-school job, or work in retail or restaurants to pay for college, clothes, or rent? 

    Photo by Suzanne Anderson

    Do you want to spend a weekend afternoon in June participating in an amazing, educational, artistic & fun project bringing awareness to the how the labor mural removed from Maine’s Dept. of Labor relates to our lives today?

    Send Zeraph an email at bangorcommunitymedia

    Bangor Media Collective is working with Food AND Medicine and Eastern Maine Labor Council to create a “living” piece of labor history.

    We will raise awareness through this project about the challenges people still face today at work. Six awesome, committed youth are needed for this fun project. To get involved, contact Zeraph at bangorcommunitymedia@gmail.com.

  • Bangor Media Collective 3:30 am on May 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Interview with Meaghan LaSala on Grassroots Media Conference 

    Meaghan LaSala is an Americorps Vista outreach coordinator with WERU Community Radio. She’s also the host of the monthly WERU show Bangor Area Commons, covering a wide range of arts, cultural, and political issues and events from the Bangor area, with live guests and local call-ins. Media Collective organizer Martin Chartrand and I met Meaghan when we had the opportunity to talk about Bangor Media Collectiveon her show last December.

    These days, she is also working an another project in conjunction with the station– a Grassroots Media Conference at Unity College this September.

    The conference aims to bring together media groups, artists and activists from all over Maine to meet, learn and strategize. In this interview, Meaghan explains what the conference is, how it can help you improve your media effectiveness whether you’re an activist or an artist, and how the conference is part of the larger struggle for media justice.

  • Bangor Media Collective 4:23 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    May Photo Contest Gallery 

    Bangor Media Collective received many terrific submissions for our fresh-out-of-the-box photo contest launched this May. The theme for the images is “Spring in Maine,” and submissions reflect on Spring in a way that is “unique to the state of Maine.” Enjoy! If you feel inspired by these photo submissions, check back next week when we announce our next theme.

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