Update

March 25, 2020

Governor Inslee has issued a Stay At Home order that takes effect March 25, 2020. As a result, the TCMedia facility will remain closed to the public and for member services through at least April 12, 2020.  

Most of our staff is working from home. A skeleton staff is at the studio to continue programming TCMedia channels 3, 22, 26 and 77.

As this situation evolves, we will continue to collect and share information with the community.  We're working with local government to provide coverage of meetings using virtual meeting tools when necessary, and our friends at TVW are sharing their video of Governor Inslee's press conferences.  

Check the readerboard messages on the channels or in the Connect section of or website for event cancellations, helpful information from agencies and nonprofit organizations, or other COVID-19 related information.

This is a challenging time for all of us.  We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to the day when we reopen for regular operations.  

Stay home, stay healthy!.


CLOSED TO PUBLIC

March 13, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,
In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and with an abundance of caution, Thurston Community Media is closing all member services until March 31, 2020.

Thurston County has declared COVID-19 a local emergency and the Board of Health has issued guidelines to minimize risk. We take the health of our staff and our members seriously and are implementing this closure in an effort to limit potential exposure for you and for us.

Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 there will be no classes, no member studio productions, no facility reservations, and no equipment check-out until at least March 31, 2020.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will do our best to reschedule missed classes or refund class fees as necessary.

We will continue to monitor information about the COVID-19 outbreak and will evaluate the availability of our member services weekly. We will keep you up to date by email. If you have questions, please call us at 360.956.3100. While the facility is closed, staff will continue to support local jurisdictional communications. We will forward information about the COVID-19 outbreak as we receive it.

If you have programming to drop off, you can put a thumb drive in the drop box outside our front door. Be sure to label it with your name and program title.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based (at least 60%) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth
  • If you have symptoms, stay home!
  • Cover your cough / sneeze with your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue away and WASH YOUR HANDS.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces often.
  • CALL FIRST.. if you have symptoms and plan to seek medical care, call your healthcare provider first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms, or direct you to the appropriate resource.
  • Steer clear of illness... try to avoid people who are sick.

Information about the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here:

https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this challenging time.


History Documentary Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Suffrage Now in Production

February 3, 2020

Pop quiz: What was the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution all about? The 19th amendment, which was passed in 1920, gave most women the right to vote. Our state was ahead of the nation with suffrage. Most women in Washington won the vote in 1883, but it was repealed in 1888, and reclaimed in 1910. Ours was the fifth state in the nation where women had the vote.

As the centennial of this momentous amendment approaches, organizations across Washington are planning commemorations, celebrations, and events. TCMedia is positioned to document this history and celebrate the work of suffragettes and their allies. To support this effort, Thurston Community Media (TCMedia) was recently awarded a Votes for Women centennial grant in the amount of $5,000. Votes for Women Centennial Grants are provided by the Washington State Women's Commission and the Washington State Historical Society.

For more than 30 years, TCMedia has brought award-winning, nationally recognized local election coverage, candidate forums, and Video Voters Guides to the Thurston County area. Educating our communities on the importance of civic participation seemed like a logical outgrowth of their work. "The objective of the Centennial Video Project is to capture the stories of the courageous people that worked to achieve universal suffrage," said Andrea Capere, director and project manager for the Centennial Video Project. "The project will inform our community about continued efforts to reduce inequality in the political process. We hope the project will continue efforts to normalize women in political office, inspire young women to vote, to become engaged in policy development, and to run for office themselves."

The Votes For Women grant will help support several multimedia and voter education projects undertaken by TCMedia including but not limited to:

Washington's Undiscovered Feminists
Presented in part of Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program, Seattle, WA writer Mayumi Tsutakawa, talks about five "woman warriors" in the early years of our region.

Women Vote NOW: Suffragists Of Color Who Made A Difference
A commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the women of color who worked for suffrage, abolition and civil rights.

Public Service Announcements

The Women's Suffrage Centennial History Special
The history special will be a long-form television documentary on the history of women earning the right to vote in Washington state.

To find out more about the Centennial Video Project, visit tcmedia.org or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @tcmedia_wa. To learn about Votes for Women Centennial events across Washington, visit suffrage100wa.com and follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @suffrage100wa.

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