It was early 2011. Masses of people in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt were taking to the streets and public squares to change the course of their future – and the Wisconsin Uprising was emerging to maintain collective bargaining rights in the state. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Erick Boustead and Nolan Morice were on the job as Line Break Media for the first time, traveling throughout the Twin Cities to conduct interviews with staff and alumni of Voices for Racial Justice (formerly the Organizing Apprenticeship Project).
This fledgling moment for Line Break Media came after months of dialogue with community partners they’d built relationships with over their years as organizers and activists. One theme resonated through these conversations: while artists, organizers, and advocates described their amazing accomplishments – building solutions for racial opportunity gaps in education, convening community dialogues on preparing for climate change, using politicized art to generate funds and support for striking workers – they also revealed their need for additional communications capacity to challenge dominant cultural narratives and elevate their own stories through compelling digital and traditional ways. While working full time jobs and with what little gear they could afford to start out, they set up shop in Nolan’s attic apartment.
Initially, Erick and Nolan turned to an informal advisory committee to help build the foundation. In late 2011, Eleonore Wesserle emerged as someone with a complementary approach and able to take on a more active role with organizational development, workshop design and communications strategy. In April of 2014, Eleonore came on as a full-time partner to build out Line Break’s communications strategy and training capacity. Line Break also collaborates with several independent media makers and producers (see Who We Are).
Since launching, clients and collaborators have utilized content produced with Line Break to spark conversations at public meetings, galvanize their bases, and share their stories at local and national conferences as well as online through outlets such as Colorlines, The Nation, and Gawker. Eleonore, Erick and Nolan have all presented on communications and multimedia production at local convenings as well as conferences including the Allied Media Conference and the NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) Conference.
We currently have offices in Minneapolis, MN and New York, NY, and travel wherever needed for production, training and facilitation purposes.
Thanks for visiting,
Eleonore, Erick and Nolan