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CAT's Next 24-Hour Film Competition -- Friday, April 22 @ 5 p.m.

CAT announces the 2016 installment of its popular 24-HOUR FILM COMPETITION

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 22, at 5 p.m., for the kickoff -- teams will meet at CAT's downtown Community Media Center at 23 N. Tenth Street to find out this year's film genre and required props and lines of dialogue. Then we set those teams loose to create an original 3-minute film, all within 1,440 minutes (24 hours!). 

Preregister today at only $20 per team (CAT membership not required). Come by 23 N. Tenth Street, call 573-442-4447 or visit to learn more. CAT's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. We can't wait to see what you create!

[Not interested in creating your own 24-hour film? Then please join us for the 24-Hour Film Screening Party, open to the public, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at The Bridge (1020 E. Walnut St.). We'll raffle off a few prizes and watch the hot-off-the-press, brand-new 24 hour films! $5 entry fee.]

CAT's Dine for Donations at Noodles Co. -- Thursday, March 31

CAT is hosting a Benefit Night at Noodles & Company, downtown Columbia location, TONIGHT from 5-9 p.m. You must present the flyer when ordering; either hard copy or electronic copy will work. Bring your family and friends out to Noodles for a trip around the bowl and support CAT. 20% of all purchases with the flyer will be donated to empowering our community members and local nonprofits to SHARE their diverse voices with Columbia, LEARN new and innovative media skills and USE high-tech video equipment and other media technology.

So show your flyer and devour some dinner for CAT!

***You can show the flyer from your phone!***

Board & Staff Retreat Note - Marie Nau Hunter, Facilitator

Dear CAT board members, staff and members:

First and foremost, kudos on your dedication to CAT and resulting efforts put to a board retreat. I think so highly of Sue Greenberg (Facilitator on Feb. 9 -- Director of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts) so I am thrilled that you made the time to meet with her. And it was my pleasure to spend time working with you on your next steps and action plans. I've done some follow up with Sue, Jennifer and Shelly since and wanted to offer up some parting words to all of you.

I was very impressed with the dedication of the board -- what a key group you are to CAT's future. Your willingness to take on many tasks is impressive since you all have demanding jobs and families. Please lean on each other and continue working as a team, in concert with staff.

The same goes for staff. Especially in small organizations, what you put to your work is so essential. Now is the time to work together like never before -- the board and your membership are counting on it. You are all creative thinkers and hard workers or you would not be in your positions, so face this challenge head on and together with the board.

Above all, your committee work seems so very key in the coming months. It is my hope that the committees we discussed -- fundraising and membership -- will work robustly with regular meetings, clear goals and a keenly positive outlook about coming together to move CAT forward. It will take many meetings for many months and members willing to work at a clip on to-do lists to see the results needed.

As we discussed, advocacy for CAT is so important right now, especially in the current political cycle. Then, after the election, find a way to regularly engage Council members on CAT TV so they maintain a connection to your work.

Quick Retreat Note from CAT Board Pres., Shelly Silvey

Greetings All:
While we are waiting for a final Retreat Report from our facilitators, I thought I'd share some of my notes from Feb. 9 & 13.
The CAT Board and Staff Retreat went very well, and we have much to discuss and many action items to review. Below is a quick itemization of the topics we covered:
City Funding
-Advocacy CAT Members
Reorganization of Board Committees, with Action Items
-Strategic Planning Task Force (new)
March Fundraising
-Phone Bank
-Board Membership
-Membership Renewals
Other Action Items
-CAT Programming Blocks
-Share Mailing Lists with Collaborating Partners
-Partnership with Public Library
-Imbedded Video Appeals in CAT Newsletters
Also, the Fundraising Committee is already in the thick of things -- they met yesterday, Monday, Feb. 22, and will have a full report ready for the March Board Meeting (March 8, at 6:00 p.m.)
Thanks for your interest and membership in CAT and community media!
Shelly Silvey
CAT Board President 

CAT Board & Staff Retreat -- Coming Up Feb. 9 & 13, 2016

Columbia Access Television’s Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce that they will conduct an organizational retreat to cover items related to CAT’s budget, and plans for the future, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 13.

The retreat will begin with a regular monthly business meeting, open to CAT members, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the Denver Room at Shakespeare’s Pizza South (3911 Peachtree Drive.)

One week following the retreat, the nonprofit organization will release a report outlining action items, describing plans and asking for member feedback. Please watch for this report the week of Feb. 15 -- we will post it here, on the CAT Blog -- and plan to get involved as we work together to make sure that community media remains strong in Columbia, Mo.

Thank you for your time and support of CAT’s mission of educating and empowering our community!

Columbia Access Television and the 2016 City of Columbia Budget

Hello CAT members and supporters of community media in Columbia!

Columbia Access Television (Columbia's PUBLIC VOICE) is expected to receive $50,000 in City funds in fiscal 2016 -- down from $100,000 this year and $200,000 for the previous five years. We are grateful for the continued support from the City of Columbia, which allows CAT to maintain low fees and collaborate with nonprofits throughout our region.

The City Channel (Columbia's GOVERNMENT VOICE) will receive nearly $400,000 in fiscal 2016. All this, while the City continues to receive substantial amounts of cable-franchise-fee funding from local cable providers -- the City's projections indicate that they expect to receive more than $600,000 per year for the next three years from local cable companies.

Long & short? Your City leaders may vote in favor of a 2016 budget that gives $400,000 to the GOVERNMENT VOICE, and $50,000 to CAT, the PUBLIC VOICE. Is that okay with you?

CAT IS COLUMBIA'S PUBLIC VOICE. If you believe the City should support the PUBLIC VOICE in addition to its own government voice, tell your city representatives!

What YOU can do to help

Add Us to Your Calendar - Show your support IN PERSON:

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 21 - Meet at CAT's downtown space (23 N. Tenth Street) at 6:30pm to walk over to the 7 p.m. City Council meeting, listen in and speak up.

Share Your Stories - Contact your mayor and city councilperson

September 10 -- CAT's 15% Day at Shakespeare's Pizza

There can’t be an easier or more fun way to raise money than to invite everyone to come and eat their favorite pizza for a good cause.


We invite everyone in the area to come enjoy your favorite pie or discover your future favorite pizzeria and help support community media at the same time. 


All you have to do is eat as you normally do and pay as you normally would and Shakespeare's will donate 15% of that day's proceeds to Columbia Access Television.


What can you buy??? Of course you can grab one of the amazing Shakespeare’s Pizzas (frozen, dine-in, carry-out, or delivery) on the day of the event and purchase other stuff too like T-shirts and gift certificates. 

This is happening at ALL THREE Shakespeare’s locations, on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10.


Shake's designed a flyer for you to leave with them when they make your purchase and they attach a copy of your receipt and set it aside. At the end of the night, they add up all the receipts and write a check to Columbia Access Television for 15% of the total.

We have the flyers at CAT's downtown media center at 23 N. Tenth Street. Email us at or call 573 442 4447.


Video Vanguard Music Video Contest



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Are you interested in having access to all the equipment and know-how you need to produce your own professional quality HD videos this year? 

Rose Music Hall and Columbia Access Television (CAT-TV) are teaming up to help you do just that with an event that will kick off at CAT’s downtown Community Media Center (23 N. 10th Street) on July 30th. Entry includes access to gain training on video production equipment including HD cameras, Go-Pros and Final Cut Pro X editing software to produce a music video for one of your band’s original songs.

Friday, July 24 -- Columbia Access Television 10% Day at Logboat Brewing Company

Join us on Friday, July 24, for the Columbia Access Television 10% Day at Logboat Brewing Company! Starting at 3 p.m., CAT will put on a summertime party for everyone who values community media in Columbia. Bring friends … Eat, drink and be merry, while supporting an important local cause … Challenge each other to yard games … Adopt a homeless kitten or puppy on-site (yes, live cats will be at the CAT-TV event) ...

In short, we promise you a fun-filled Friday night for the whole family!

  • Bocce and Bag Toss Tournaments throughout the day.

  • Live music during Happy Hour, 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Food specials from Playing With Fire Wood-Fired Pizza, a mobile Neapolitan-style pizzeria (10% of their profits will also go to CAT.)

  • Pet adoptions on-site, provided by the Central Missouri Humane Society.

  • Local CAT-TV programming on the television screens (Cardinals game will take over at 7 p.m.)

  • CAT/Logboat collectible pint glasses


CAT's 24 Hour Film Competition

Follow this link for all the info