PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, art & culture organization located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport in the city of Chicago. Our mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.
In 2015 PMI created a Low Power FM radio Station to serve our local communities based in the near south side. We launched the announcement of the Radio Station during Version Festival 15: 100 Watts. Plug-in and listen commercial free at lumpenradio.com and live at 105.5FM Chicago.
Public Media Institute is committed to the region’s cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects. Programming highlights include our annual arts convergence, Version Festival. With over hundreds of participants a year, the festival presents multiple platforms for experiencing a wide variety of public cultural programs, artist-run initiatives and projects.
PMI has published several periodicals including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Public Media Institute showcases emerging and established artists from Chicago and around the world in our network of art spaces and partner organizations. Our main exhibition facility is the experimental cultural center, Co-Prosperity Sphere: a 5,000 + sq ft visual arts and performance space. PMI coordinates the Co-Prosperity School, an artist led initiative that discusses the contemporary art worlds of Chicago. PMI also coordinates and supports the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL). SMALL promotes companies and individuals that manufacture products locally.
PMI programs and host numerous events and socially engaged projects throughout the city of Chicago and beyond. For a look at our current activities and programming please visit the following websites:
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.