The Allied Media Conference is a community-designed event relying on the brilliance of the Allied Media Projects Network to facilitate dynamic and engaging content over the course of  four days in June. The conference explores two overarching  themes: media for liberation and visionary organizing. 

Through an open proposal process in the summer, we select focus areas that provide a deeper dive into the two main themes of the conference. These focus areas take the form of tracks and network gatherings (T/NGs). 

Each T/NG is coordinated by a team of at least three people. These teams envision, curate and raise resources to support the tracks and network gatherings for each AMC.

a Track is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme.a Network Gathering is a day-long mini-conference convened by a local or national network on the Thursday of the AMC weekend. A network gathering is an opportunity to convene a network for focused work and strategy-development within the AMC. A typical network gathering is between 20 and 75 people, however, some are larger.

Through a call for session proposals in the winter, the AMC collaborates with T/NG Coordinators to select the hundreds of sessions participants will experience over the course of the AMC weekend. 

Types of AMC Sessions

  • Hands-on workshop: a session that engages multiple senses in the learning process and allows participants to construct their own knowledge. Presenters may use a mixture of: direct instruction, discussion, small group work, multimedia sharing, games, and making things! 
  • Meet-ups: a focused discussion amongst a specific group with a shared identity or interest 
  • Strategy session: a gathering of collective brain power around hard questions that generate possible solutions and clear next steps
  • Panel: featuring three or more presenters and a strong moderator/facilitator sharing critical knowledge and expertise on a given topic, ideally with ample Q&A time with participants
  • Tours and field-trips: a three-hour immersive experience that takes participants off campus to learn from the history and current realities of Detroit 
  • Film screening or performance: a session that shares a piece of media or performance and provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions during or afterwards.
  • Practice space session: an interactive, hands-on session centered on media-making within a practice space
  • Plenaries: a lecture or panel presented each morning for a large audience of AMC participants, featuring critical conversations with some of our network’s most dynamic media-based organizers


At the AMC, we take celebration seriously. We believe that relationships begin in workshops during the day, but they are solidified on the dancefloor and in other community-building spaces at night. AMC@NIGHT is a 4-night festival showcasing visual artists, filmmakers, and performing artists working at the intersection of art and social change.