IAM’s mission is to support independent, non-commercial art 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 art and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.