Archive: February 19, 2015

About MediaRites

MediaRites Mission Statement

MediaRites is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard. Through our radio documentaries, new media and outreach projects we create lasting legacies and connect communities.

MediaRites Funders have included:

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Oregon Arts Commission
Regional Arts and Culture Council
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
Autzen Foundation
Collins Foundation
Templeton Foundation
Humanities Washington

MediaRites Board of Directors – 2015

Dr. Patti Duncan, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

Larry Toda, marketing manager.

Clark Salisbury, engineer and media trainer

Sara Caswell Kolbet, President

National Advisory Board – 2015

Steve Rowland; CultureWorks, Philadelphia
Barrett Golding;
Spencer Weisbroth; Attorney

MediaRites Awards

MediaRites radio programs and websites have received the following awards:

Peabody Award
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Radio and Television News Director Award
United Nations Silver Award
Heart of America Awards
Clarion Awards
Webby Worthy Award
National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden and Silver Reels
National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Award
Kaiser Media Fellowship
Writers Digest Award
Asian American Journalists Association Award

Volcano Embrace (1999)

By Dmae Roberts

Directed by Carolyn Holzman

A collage play with movement, music and sound, Volcano Embrace was performed by Dmae Roberts, Elaine Low, Mary Jo AbiNader, Wendy Graybill, and Sharon McAllister under the direction and choreography of Carolyn Holzman at Dreams Well Studio, November, 1999.

Hawaiian music was by Sam Kama, original music by Stephen Hoyt, lighting design by Sharon McAllister and set design by Jeri Swatosh.

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1st Person: Stories of Loss, Hope & Peace (2001)


When do you know to let go?
And when do you remember?

For the first anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, MediaRites put together a  a collection of first person stories dealing with grief and loss. Hosted by Dmae Roberts, this CD collection has stories from some of the finest independent producers and writers around the country.

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Theatre Diaspora

Theatre Diaspora is a project that created the first Asian American/Pacific Islander theatre in Portland by producing an on-going series of  staged readings with movement. The project is committed to celebrating and creatively advocating for the AAPI experience through stage work.  These stories are an under-represented and misunderstood part of the American historical and cultural narrative.

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