building creative momentum
for change

About Us

What is the Access to Media Education Society?

AMES boosts the imaginations and skillsets of young digital activists and creative change-makers by providing them with unique opportunities to MAKE and SHARE meaningful media.

The work, workshops and educational materials created through our programs are used in schools and other public settings to expand horizons, prompt courageous conversations and build momentum for change.

Acknowledging Shared Territories

AMES was born on the unsurrendered territory of the Penelakut people, and other Hul’q’umi’num speaking Nations who hold rights and responsibilities in and around the place that’s come to be known as Galiano Island. Most of our projects collaborators, and participants hail from the stolen and unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, colonially known as Vancouver.

Recent News

We know it’s been a minute since we last caught up, but rest assured, our silence has been the result of some …

In May, AMES selected the art awardees for the ChARTing Change Contest! See more about the six chosen below!

During our initial research interviews, mentors and facilitators shared what they’d learned about Community Digital Storytelling (CDS), based on their years of experience.

Community Digital Storytelling grows out of our experiences in the world, shared as stories. Our strategy, as mentors developing new approaches to storytelling, is to create and hold open a receptive and welcoming space.

Doing this work in community (when safer spaces are created and held) tends to accelerate the process of individual healing, but it also activates …

Trauma, illness and grief create frightening forests of pain, with unfamiliar roads? In such a context, listening to stories suggests myriad pathways …