Mission & Vision

IAM’s mission is to support independent, non-commercial arts and media projects and producers for the purpose of building community and civic participation, and facilitating cultural engagement and free expression.

Media, journalism, the arts and culture are all arenas of social interaction and civic engagement. Yet even in the Internet era, these arenas are closed to public participation due to commercial or institutional barriers. We champion those media producers and culture makers who are doing significant work to advance civic engagement and cultural participation in our communities and our democracy.

Our ultimate vision is to strengthen a culture of democracy by cultivating arts and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.


Democracy Needs Independent Voices

Democracy is more than political parties, opinion blogs and long lines at the local polling station.  Democracy is a conversation, one that’s going on all the time — an exchange of ideas, perspectives, experiences and information about our world and how we want to live in it.

Independent Arts & Media exists to broaden and deepen that conversation.

We support the media producers and culture makers whose important works don’t fit with the commercial mass-media formula — and whose innovations are below the radar of the big nonprofit institutions.

Read more:

IAM’s 2014-2016 Strategic Plan (PDF)

“State of IAM” in 2014 (PDF)

Arts, Dialogue & Community