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Karen Helmerson
Professional Field: Electronic Media Art and Community-Based Media Arts and Education.

Ms. Helmerson is the Electronic Media and Film (EMF) Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts. She oversees funding for non-profit media arts organizations in support of independent film, video and new media throughout New York State. In 2002 the EMF Program initiated Strengthening the Media Arts in New York State, an ongoing effort to address advocacy and representation for NYS media arts organizations and independent media makers. As a member of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media (GFEM) Steering Committee, and GFEM Media Policy Working Group (GFEM-EMP), Ms. Helmerson is focused on the intersection of content and media policy in support of creative expression and critical thinking through media policy in the public interest.  Helmerson is also a former board member of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). 

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