Valley Media Works, previously known as Eau Claire Public Access Center and also as Chippewa Valley Community Television, is celebrating its 40th year of providing community-generated media to the Chippewa Valley with a public gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St.
The SmokeStream food truck will be on site, local band AcoustiHOO will perform and an interactive display of video production equipment will be featured.
Although Valley Media Works has been best known since its start in 1978 for providing televised access to local government meetings, the organization also serves as a space for community members to broadcast their video content to an audience.
In addition, Valley Media Works provides internship opportunities for local college students and a variety of courses in video production and other topics. Providing more opportunities has been a goal over the past several years as technology and social media has made information more widely accessible, said the group’s outreach and communications coordinator, Heather Rigby.
“We are much more than government meetings,” Rigby said.
Valley Media Works has grown from providing about 20 hours of content to the public per week on just one channel to running two channels all the time, Rigby said.