Keith LaQua has been named executive director of the
. The international non-profit organization headquartered here is dedicated to advancing the field of moving image archiving by promoting collection, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials as our heritage for future generations. It has 845 individual and institutional members in some 30 countries.
AMIA President Janice Simpson notes that while much progress has been made, the rapid evolution of film, digital and hybrid technologies requires diligent, industry-wide education and cooperation to ensure that contemporary moving images will endure for posterity.
LaQua is AMIA’s first executive director. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the management of non-profit organizations to his new role, including stints at the Directors Guild of America’s Artists Rights Foundation, The Pasadena Symphony, CARE, and television stations KOCE-TV, WHA-TV and Prairie Public Broadcasting in the public television sector.
AMIA traces its roots to the late 1960s when representatives of moving image archives began meeting informally and organized the Film/Television Archives Advisory Committee(s). By the late 1980s, there were several hundred members and more than 100 organizations involved. The name of that group was changed to AMIA in 1990, and the following year it was incorporated as a non-profit association.