News Bites: Printmaking Alum Named Executive Director of Grand Rapids Community Media Center
Alum Tom Clinton (Printmaking, ’02) will join the Grand Rapids Community Media Center (CMC) as the organization’s new Executive Director. It’s yet another new turn in Clinton’s unusual career path, which has taken him from partner at Varnum LLP law firm, to KCAD student, to co-founder and operator of SiTE:LAB alongside KCAD professor Paul Amenta.
In an article on The Rapidian, Clinton pointed to similarities between SiTE:LAB and the CMC as an exciting asset: “SiTE:LAB was founded to give emerging artists and art students opportunities and experience in exhibiting their work. And the CMC’s mission involves giving a broader range of people access to the tools and technology needed to share their ideas and creations with the community.”
The CMC roots go back to its founding in 1980, when it was known as the Grand Rapids Cable Access Center. Since then, its media platforms have expanded to include community radio station WYCE, the Wealthy Theatre, and The Rapidian, which is a online hub for citizen journalism on local topics of interest. The CMC also provides IT and media support to nonprofits and offers educational programming in media literacy and production.
Clinton will start in his new position in early May.