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About SPNN

Mission & Purpose
Founded in 1984 to offer a media voice to underrepresented people, SPNN is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that has since grown to harness its unique media tools, digital communications expertise, and spirit of innovation to elevate community media arts to a new level, becoming a national model. SPNN improves community social, civic, and economic equity via the transformative art of media making and 21st century skill-building. Our mission is: to empower people to use media and communications to make better lives, use authentic voice, and build common understanding. We utilize the power of technology to:

  • Develop the personal and artistic expression of underrepresented people in media.
  • Foster arts experimentation and collaboration among young people, emerging artists, and partners.
  • Create meaningful connections between diverse arts voices and the broader community.
  • Increase 21st century work-readiness skills of underserved youth and adults.

SPNN’s four core areas—Community Media Access, Youth Programs, Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP), Production Services—help underrepresented populations grow artistically, build confidence, and equip adult and young learners with the 21st century skills they need to be successful in the workforce or the growing makers economy.

Community Impact
Last year, SPNN served nearly 4,200 people directly and through our four cable channels provided 55,000 households with locally-focused TV.