Founded in 2000 by an artist, a journalist and a media producer, Independent Arts & Media provided the nonprofit framework for the Expo for the Artist & Musician and Newsdesk.org. Both projects were independently managed but shared core values of free expression, public participation and informed, civic dialogue.

From 2000 to 2010 the Expo served as a signature organizing and connection event for the Bay Area creative community and beyond, bringing in participants from as far away as San Diego, Portland and the Sierras.

Newsdesk.org pioneered coverage of important but overlooked news about the energy industry, public health, and more. In 2010 Newsdesk.org won a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Over the years Independent Arts & Media would go on to provide fiscal sponsorship to dozens of other programs and projects that share our mission. These programs have won distinguished awards served crucial roles in empowering community participation in local culture and community.