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Mission & Vision

Independent Arts & Media’s mission is to steward and empower independent art and media projects that foster community and civic participation, and facilitate 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 art and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.

IAM values diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, leadership, advocacy, transparency, and accountability:

* Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: IAM is committed to supporting services and programming where all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, citizenship, religion, education, or socio-economic position have access to the resources they need to express themselves; we work both internally and externally towards the liberation of all people.

* Sustainability: Resilient, mission-driven revenue streams and efficient, cost effective operational design are the foundation of long-term success for IAM and its affiliates.

* Leadership & Advocacy: IAM recognizes the importance of cultivating economic, social, and civic engagement as a means of broadening and deepening community leadership and participation. 

* Transparency & Accountability:  IAM’s reputation and role as a steward of charitable funding and resources on behalf of our affiliates, and its status as an IRS-recognized nonprofit public charity, require the highest degree of transparency and accountability in its financial operations and programmatic services.

In 2014 the IAM Board of Directors completed a three-year strategic plan
to guide our growth and the expansion of Affiliate services.

Read more here:

IAM's 2014-2016 Strategic Plan (PDF)