about

Public Media Institute (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, community spaces, exhibitions, and media.

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 Co-Prosperity, a 5,000 + sq ft experimental cultural center, visual arts and performance space. PMI founded and coordinates Buddy, a retail shop in the Chicago Cultural Center that promotes companies and individuals that manufacture products locally.

Throughout its history, PMI has published several periodicals including the international arts and culture journal Proximity Magazine, Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. 

In 2015, PMI founded a low power radio station to serve our local communities in the near south side.  Listeners can tune in and listen, commercial-free, on 105.5FM in Chicago or online at lumpenradio.com from anywhere in the world. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, PMI is administering over $520,000.00 to support artists, writers, performers, as well as workers in the hospitality industry through emergency programs and new initiatives, such as The Quarantine Times,  the Community Kitchen, and the Community of the Future Market. 

The Community Kitchen is a food service program that provides complimentary box lunches to in-need residents, families, and healthcare workers in Chicago. Currently, we provide 900 meals a week to local senior housing complexes, food pantries, hospital staff, and residents of Chicago.  

Since March, The Quarantine Times has been commissioning and sharing creative responses from Chicago community members getting through this crisis as best they can. We share their news daily across all our platforms.

The Community of the Future Market is a City of Chicago Licensed Farmers Market hosted in the parking lot behind Marz Community Brewing every Sunday, from 10 am – 2 pm. We strive to provide a space for our community to purchase directly from farmers and vendors in a safe and comfortable manner.