mission

Public Media Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3, community based art & culture organization with a mission to create, incubate and sustain innovative and equitable cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, community aid platforms, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, broadcasting, and new media.

Public Media Institute and is run and founded by BIPOC and queer community members. PMI’s board, staff, and volunteers work to bolster antiracist, anti-capitalist, and anti-colonial cultural communities. We do so by championing the work of historically oppressed artists, thinkers, activists, journalists, and other cultural producers, and by nurturing intentionally heterogeneous communities. We strive to make PMIs’s projects braver and safer, inclusive and welcoming for all, especially publics historically unwelcome in cultural institutions.

Public Media Institute’s commitment to the region’s cultural ecology is manifested in service to emerging and established artists, musicians, journalists, and activists from Bridgeport, Chicagoland, and around the world. Lumpen Magazine, Co-Prosperity, Lumpen Radio, and Buddy are PMI’s four core programming platforms. Besides them, experimental new projects and initiatives are vital to PMIs strategies to provide sites of radicalization. Enduring community partnerships, including those with Maria’s Community Bar, Kimski, and Marz Community Brewing, provide additional publics for culture and politics and help us feed and celebrate with our neighbors.