Join us as Team-Hercules Members. Make a mark on our community with your digital and public art services. We celebrate our volunteer’s service and voice at the Annual Celebration of Service & Voices each January.

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Do you believe in the power of art & new media to solve problems, unite communities and tell informing stories?

We are because you are. We experience collectively more within our shared experiences in stories and art and kindness.

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Team Hercules Projects (Compensation for high valued volunteers):  If you have data entry, audio, or video editing skills you may become eligible for project-based work assignments at WPAA-TV in 2020.

How it works: Train | Volunteer | Be Hercules Our hiring has always been preceded by a stint as a volunteer. That does not change. To be eligible you will need to do 5 hours of training per job skill of interest. Then you provide 10 hours of service to confirm you have nominal skills for assignments. If all is good you can become a Team Hercules Project Skilled Resource eligible for compensation. If you have previously volunteered and the training session affirms your skills are still sharp, eligibility may be quicker for you.

If you are as good at a task as the unpaid Executive Director, the project rate will be like $24 ph. If you are nominally skilled, the project time | pay will be about minimum wage which is $12 effective Jan 1. If you are a person that is unfocused and social and looking for something to do and pocket change you get project rate even if it takes you lots of time.

Compensation will be designed equitably but also to fit your personal needs. Most projects will be $100 after taxes or $120 with 1099. If you are paid $600 without taxes withheld you will get an IRS 1099 at yearend. The time required for such a project will range from 6 – 15 hours based on skill level. All assignments will have target dates. Most will be flexible hours that you decide. You will be eligible for more projects based on how well you do with assignments.

Interested? SEND an inquiry wpaatv@gmail.com with SUBJECT ‘Team Hercules and your name’. This is indeed the 1st test of your eligibility.

 

Make your mark with art:  The paw-print of our mural tiger Hercules is a metaphorical symbol of empowerment for those journeying with us on adventures in citizen media. TeamHercules participants help us produce video stories, share our adventures in social media and transform our community in ways they choose, every day.

A much-bigger-than-life mural of a tiger fills the north side of 28 South Orchard St., home of WPAA-TV. During three days in May 2015 local graffiti artist Ryan “ARCY” Christenson painted a photo-realistic mural on an outside wall of the TV station building. Later in 2015 through a community engagement contest to Name the Tiger  this mural tiger was named ‘Hercules’ by a member of Most Holy Trinity Church.

Community Engagement Contest
Community Engagement Contest

Why was Hercules selected as the name and not Stripper or Leo or any of the dozens of submitted names?

The name Hercules won because of its affiliation with heroic transforming stories; stories that feature a flawed character who discovers resources for gaining wisdom, endures misunderstanding and experiences a wild yet empowering journey to personal freedom and greater human-kindness.

The mythological Hercules was a defender of his birthplace and a multifaceted hero-figure with contradictory characteristics. He became famous for his strength, numerous far-ranging adventures and his virtuous struggle and suffering. Terrible things happened to him because of a hatred that he was not responsible for. Throughout his journey, Hercules learned to redirect his immense anger and rage into eradicating rather than wreaking evil. He learned that noble blood, physical strength, and political power aren’t enough to succeed or be happy. He came to know that patience, fortitude and endurance are heroic and transforming attributes that can humanize a man making him more a part of, rather than apart from, others. Hercules’ adventurous tales became lessons about humanity.

The philosophical world view that embraces redemption and transformation by uplifting diversity and mutual support within a community is Ubuntu. It promotes the idea of achieving a community’s good through an unconditional recognition and appreciation of individual uniqueness and differences. The spirit of Ubuntu is what we hope to accomplish with the Team-Hercules movement in our community. The truth taught in Ubuntu is “I am a human because I belong. I participate. I share. In essence, I am because you are.”

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