Sakhi Executive Director Purvi Shah served on a Grantee Success Stories panel as part of the 2008 Media Communications Conference, hosted by the New York Women’s Foundation on June 13th. Purvi offered insights into Sakhi’s media approach by providing examples and engaging the audience of about 40 people through humor and dialogue. She was joined by Sam Miller, a lead organizer with Picture the Homeless, and Laurie Combo, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, both of whom spoke of their own unique experiences with the media.
To hear selected audio clips of the panel event, click the links below. If you have a slow internet connection, right-click the links and save them to your hard drive first before trying to listen. For the purpose of clarity, some selections are presented in a question-and-answer format.
Purvi speaks about Sakhi’s experiences:
- What does Sakhi do and how did it become involved in producing media?
- How does Sakhi approach media in terms of internal and external content?
- How did Sakhi’s Public Service Announcement come about, and with whose help? (1,2)
- What were some of the outcomes of the PSA?
- In what ways does Sakhi use the experiences of survivors of domestic violence to change institutions for the better?
- What kinds of media does Sakhi produce aside from video?
- How has Purvi’s media background helped her direct Sakhi’s work?
Selections from Sam and Laurie’s talks:
- Sam discusses some positive changes in the way the mainstream media covers homeless people.
- Laurie talks about the controversy that engulfed her museum in March of this year.
The 2008 Media Communications Conference was sponsored by the New York Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, Daphne Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, and the Union Square Awards.