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MNN El Barrio Firehouse

A Community Media Center Supporting the arts and the freedom of expression in these challenging times!

Viviana Puello

During these challenging times, artists around the world are finding themselves censored, persecuted , banned, sometimes even imprisoned by governments, corporations and religious movements that feel threatened by the powerful influenced of art in all its forms.

In times when many cultural organizations are being excessively cautious about the possible legal or financial consequences for the support they may offer to artists exposing challenging artworks, we appreciate the noteworthy work of organizations that are helping build a strong defense for artists’ rights and freedom of expression.

In 2012, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, a Community Media Center opened up its doors in East Harlem with the purpose of ensuring the ability of Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights through moving image media by creating opportunities for communication, education and artistic expression in different languages. Enjoy this interview with Zenaida Mendez, Director of MNN El Barrio Firehouse.

What is MNN?

“Manhattan Neighborhood Network Public Access Television (MNN), the country’s largest community media center, is a non-profit organization that broadcasts programming on five public-access television cable TV stations in Manhattan, New York City. MNN is dedicated to the exercise of the First Amendment rights through moving image media and creates opportunities for communication, education, artistic expression and other non-commercial uses of video facilities.”

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