Squeaky Wheel

Buffalo, NY

To promote and support education, access, creation and exhibition of independent film, video and digital art.

Creativity and experimentation across multiple disciplines and technologies. We embrace experimentation and risk taking as essential to the creative process.
Media literacy, promoting hands-on media making and critical thinking about media messages. We empower the Buffalo community with opportunities for media arts education for youth and community members at every level of need or knowledge.
Community connections and collaborations, from local to international, as both a leader and a partner with artists, educators, schools and community groups.
Freedom of expression and diversity of voice through supporting artists, introducing audiences to the magic of independent media arts, and teaching community groups to integrate media as a tool of cultural and creative expression.

TechARTS is a free after-school computer art program for adolescent girls from neighborhoods affected by poverty. TechARTS partners w/ community groups to effectively reach girls from economically disadvantaged families to teach them essential computer skills in a playful and nurturing setting. The Buffalo Youth Media Institute is a free program, offering participating students an hourly stipend to produce social documentaries about Buffalo-related themes, ensuring that young people from poor families can participate without economic hardship. Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier helps publicize issues related to poverty by matching documentary filmmakers with grassroots initiatives to produce documentaries about economic, racial, and environment issues that promote social change. (Videos produced by Squeaky Wheel’s programs can be seen at vimeo.com/squeaky). Squeaky Wheel’s workshops are offered at low cost. Screenings and equipment rental is offered at very low cost as well.

Supported Projects

Community Outreach Coordinator

Goda Trakumaite

The Corps member will help promote and brand Squeaky Wheel’s individual programs (such as the Buffalo Youth Media Institute, techARTS for girls, and Channels - Stories from the Niagara Frontier), help raise the visibility of Squeaky-produced media, amplify the marketing of their educational and production programs, and strengthen Squeak Wheel’s community presence of its media literacy and production workshops. All in all, the community outreach coordinator would help make Squeaky Wheel and its services to the community more visible and accessible to more people.

Goda Trakumaite has expanded and developed our outreach activities by bringing the services that Squeaky Wheel offers to the attention of many schools, organizations and other groups. She has accomplished this by providing free one-day workshops, by organizing a number of public screenings and by directing our community outreach and documentary production program, Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier. Goda has increased the visibility of Squeaky Wheel’s Channels program through weekly screenings, regular email notices and acting as the contact point for filmmakers and organizations who are interested in becoming involved in the Channels program. In addition to this, Goda has helped increase the national visibility of work created through Squeaky Wheel programs by submitting films and videos to various festivals throughout the country. Goda has also been overseeing the coordination of various in-school workshops. Her activities have been crucial part of increasing the recognizability of the Squeaky Wheel brand and helping schools to see first hand how Squeaky Wheel can help them to incorporate media literacy and production into their after-school and in-class activities.

Since Goda has served here, we have increased our membership, revived our Channels program and increased the number of schools and organizations contacting Squeaky Wheel for customized workshops, screenings and other off-site events. By having established these very important connections, Squeaky Wheel will continue to benefit from it’s increased visibility through greater attendance at screenings, more and higher quality applicants to our community programs and increased enrollment in our workshops. It is our hope that because many of these benefits lead to increased income for Squeaky Wheel, it will be possible for us to be able to afford to maintain this position of an outreach coordinator.

Transmission Project