Survey: Dyke TV

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
digital media resource center and public access/streaming television show
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
In the early 1990s, Linda Chapman, Ana Simo and Mary Patierno started Dyke TV, the first (and only) cable access TV show by, for and about lesbians. Using the tagline, "Television to incite, subvert, provoke and organize!" the founders sought to document rising lesbian activism and to provide a viable platform for lesbian voices to enter the realm of popular culture. The first show aired in June 1993 on a Manhattan cable channel to a viewership probably composed entirely of Linda, Ana and Mary and all of their friends. Since that modest beginning, The Show now airs on over 108 public access cable channels throughout the country, and for the past ten years has documented the lives of lesbians from Memphis to Modesto. As an organization, Dyke TV has developed into a community media resource center where lesbians can learn through the mentorship of experienced video mentors about all aspects of video production, video editing and web design. They can then use their skills to create segments for the Show or public screenings in New York City. Operating from a multi-racial, multi-generational perspective, we especially encourage those traditionally underrepresented in mainstream and LGBT programming, including lesbians of color, lower income women, seniors and youth. With these efforts, Dyke TV hopes to contribute realistic, inclusive lesbian voices to the public discourse about our lives. Dyke TV is funded primarily by generous contributions from its constituency. We are currently looking for corporate and grant funding. If you would like to make a donation you can do so by credit card here or by sending a check to DTV Productions, 71 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217. Our Mission is: To arm the global queer community with the tools to produce media to incite political change, subvert mainstream hetero-normativity, provoke action, and to organize a counter mainstream media movement. Our Core Values are to be: * Inspired and created by (birthed out of) the Dyke Movement of the early nineties, we recognize the need for greater inclusivity of our diverse communities * Organize from a feminist women’s perspective* * Emphasize coalition with other progressive groups (recognizing the necessity for alliances when fighting for social and economic justice) * Actively work to gain and maintain equal rights and freedom for queer people * Deeply committed to create mutually supportive relationships with our community *defining women as past, present and future female-bodied and/or identified
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Dyke TV aired for the first time in 1993 on a lone public access cable (PAC) channel in Manhattan. Today, the show is broadcast on PAC stations and the independent satellite channel, Free Speech TV, in 78 cities and 23 states across the US, which have a combined subscriber base of 4 million viewers. Episodes feature current news and events, political commentary, arts, health, sports and other issues of interest to lesbians in the US and beyond. We use this national platform to support balanced, LGBT-specific programming from diverse rural, urban, racial, economic, artistic and political perspectives. Staff, interns, volunteers, graduates from our video and editing workshops and local independent groups from around the country produce all segments.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Dyke TV first aired on Manhattan’s public access channel, MNN. Throughout its thirteen years, Dyke TV has shown in every borough of New York City, in Philadelphia, Oregon, Canada, and nationwide on satellite cable channel Free Speech TV. Dyke TV’s current programming schedule includes MNN, BCAT (Brooklyn public access), DuTV (Philadelphia public access), Cable 8 (Greensboro, North Carolina public access), Free Speech TV, and 24 hours a day in streaming media on our website. Dyke TV has also held screenings in the New York City area of current shows as well as compilation "Best of" shows.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Sally Sasso
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Anezka Sebek
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Katrina Schaffer
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Although landlord would like for us to remain, rent is expected to jump at our next renewal to an amount requiring termination of the lease and changing of our priorities.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Lack of Staff
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
We have been approached by a queer organization at Yale University, but they are only in the beginning stages of raising funds and won’t be in a position to take our archive material for years, possibly.
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Material may be with former producers, editors, or other staff or volunteers who kept their footage when they became inactive with Dyke TV.
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Those wishing to access our archive material may view it on our website (an option which will be removed soon, as the archive takes up a large amount of web space that we need). Our license rates are listed on our website, with different rates for business and non-profit/educational purposes. The interested party calls or e-mails our office, and a time schedule is set in order to give us enough time to find the material requested, a licensing agreement is executed, and payment is given, before the person receives the material.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
81 - 90
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
11 - 20
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
100 - 150
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Board Vice-President, who is totally volunteer, and paid Executive Director
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
We are not currently processing new material
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
catalog entirety of digital material
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Not enough staff
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Fully catalog
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Recognition of historic worth
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$50,001 - $60,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
25b. Who?: 
We have been contacted by a new/forming queer group at Yale University who want to pay for archiving our material, but they have just started the fundraising process and will not be ready for at least a year.
Dyke TV
Who executed this survey.: 
Cynthia Kern
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: