ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0165 Christian Media Association Records

Scope and content notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0165

Collection 

Christian Media Association Records

Date Range

1981-2005 

Quantity

1.2 m (6 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

unstated

Related Collections

HMSS 0285 ACT Churches Council 

In 1981 the ACT Christian Television and Radio Association was formed, to be a forum for the Christian church organisations of the ACT Churches Council so that they could provide a single voice in the media. This was achieved principally by providing video advertisements on local commercial television channels that were played in the nature of public service announcements. The Association was affiliated with the Australian Christian Media Association (ACMA).

In 1986 the name was changed to Christian Media Association, ACT. Over the next 17 years the CMA (ACT) produced and promoted Christian Spots for television, especially with Channel Seven and later Channel Ten. It also offered forums for discussion on topics from media outlets, and from 1995 encouraged children from all over the ACT and NSW to become involved in Christian Art Competitions.

A media conference in 2001, entitled Christianity and the Media: Is Christianity News? was successful, but a proposed series of evening seminars never eventuated, and in 2002 it was clear that CMA ACT’s goals and purposes were generally being served by its constituent organisations, and that free-to-air television was becoming difficult to source and fund. The Association was wound up in 2003.

The assets should have reverted to the Churches Centre, but this also was being wound up, so it was decided that the assets should fund an art competition managed by the Australian National University: the Phoenix Prize for spiritual art. The proposal was that the prize could be funded for some four years during which the ANU would seek additional donations to create what would be, in effect, a perpetual prize. It was intended to be complementary to the Blake Prize for Religious Art.

The name denotes in part that "the prize rises from the ashes of the donating organisation". The Phoenix Prize requires that spirituality is to be the point of the art, but puts no limitation on art medium or manifestation. The inaugural competition contained works of painting, sculpture, installation and weaving, depicting motifs clearly deriving from Christianity, tarot, homosexuality and the spirituality of Australian Aborigines.

The collection includes minutes, correspondence, media bites for exposure of Christian issues for TV and radio stations in the Canberra region, and community service notices. Samples of children’s artworks from the Christmas Art Competitions are also included.

BOX LIST

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QTY

DATE RANGE

 

MINUTES
Includes minutes of general, annual general and informal meetings, and related papers, some annual reports

 

1981 – 2005

1

Christian Television and Radio Association of the ACT
Constitution
Minutes 10 June 1981 – 25 June 1986

Christian Media Association ACT
Minutes 25 June 1986 – June 1988

1 file

1981 – 1988

1

Christian Media Association ACT
Minutes 8 June 1988 – December 1997

3 files

1988 – 1997

2

Minutes February 1998 – August 2002
Constitution 3 June 1992

1 file

1998 – 2002

2

Minutes October 2002 – July 2003
Brief history of the Christian Media Association in the ACT, July 2003
Proposal for a spiritual art prize
Correspondence, newscutting and flyer for inaugural 2005 competition

1 file

2002 – 2005

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION OF CHRISTIAN MEDIA ASSOCIATION ACT

 

1992 – 1999

2

Constitutions 1992 and 1999

2 items

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

1993 – 2005

2

Correspondence in and out 25 January – 1 December 1993

1 file

1993

3

Correspondence in and out February 1994 – 21 June 2000

2 files

1994 – 2000

4

Correspondence in and out
- 2 August 2000 – 9 October 2002, with a separate sequence of printed emails
- 4 December 2002 – 9 March 2005, with a separate sequence of emails relating to the establishment of an art prize

2 files

2000 – 2005

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS
Publications in video format or as posters are in Box 6

 

1992 – 2001

4

One World, Many Nations, One Saviour (poster) – correspondence and distribution list

1 sleeve

April 1999

5

One Solitary Life (poster) – correspondence and distribution

3 folders

1996 – 1997

5

People People; Being Challenged by People with Faith. 13 part study series in two sections: Responding to Challenge and The Church in the World. November 1995. Workbook

1 booklet

1995

5

Correspondence and lists relating to distribution of People People

1 folder

July 1996 – October 1997

5

Correspondence, minutes and discussion papers relating to:
- People People, 1995-1996
- Australian Churches Media Association, 1995-2001

University of Canberra, Communication Research Methods, Research Reports:
- Michael Gladwin. The Effectiveness of Christian Television Messages
- Philippa Corderoy. ACT Christian Media Association
- Stephanie Lane. ACT Christian Media Association

1 folder

1995 – 2001

5

Christian Media Association ACT. Living with the Media; Advice and Guidelines for Church Communicators, groups, parishes and schools.

1 booklet

May 1992

5

Christian Media: a Christian presence in the modern marketplace

1 sleeve

1998

5

Christian Media Association ACT website pages

1 sleeve

2001

 

 

 

 

5

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS ART COMPETITION

 

1997 – 2001

5

Correspondence, mailing lists, certificates, lists of prize winners and participants, photographs

4 folders

1997 – 2001

7

Selected entries in the 2001 Christmas Art Competition

1 oversize folder

2001

 

 

 

 

 

Is Christianity News? Media conference held in Canberra February 2001

 

 

5

Correspondence, attendance lists and conference agenda

1 folder

2000 – 2001

6

Planning papers, correspondence, etc

1 CD

2000 – 2001

 

 

 

 

 

RECORDED MEDIA

 

1985 – 1999

 

Videotapes

 

 

6

Set of 5 television broadcast tapes, submasters, made by Capital Television for Christian Media Association ACT

5 reels

9 February 1995

6

ACT Christian Media Association, master broadcast videocassette, 2 copies
- Many Nations, CMA 9901
- One Saviour, CMA 9902

2 videocassettes

1999

6

Christian Media Association. Christmas Competition, broadcast videocassette, 15 grabs

1 videocassette

19 November 1996

6

Catholic Communications. ACMA Show Reel

1 videocassette

 

6

Combined Churches Media Service. Canberra; broadcast on ABC

1 videocassette

11 August 1985

6

People People; Being Challenged by People with Faith. 13 part study series in two sections: Responding to Challenge and The Church in the World. 2 copies of videocassette

2 videocassettes

1995

 

 

 

 

 

POSTERS

 

1996 – 1999

7

One Solitary Life, 1996
One World, Many Nations, One Saviour
, 1999
What Makes Christmas Special to You?
Artwork by Rebecca Gillett. 1996
What Makes Christmas Special to You? Artwork by David Phelps. 1998

 

1996 – 1999