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, arts festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.
Public Media Institute is committed to the region’s cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects. Programming includes two annual international arts festival, Version and the MDW Fair. With over 1000 participants a year, the festivals act as filters for experiencing a wide variety of cultural programs, artist-run initiatives and projects.
PMI publishes several periodicals including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun. 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 the experimental cultural center, Co-Prosperity Sphere: a 5,000 + sq ft visual arts and performance space. PMI coordinates the Co-Prosperity School, an artist led initiative that discusses the contemporary art worlds of Chicago. PMI also coordinates and supports the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL). SMALL promotes companies and individuals that manufacture products locally.
PMI programs and host numerous events and social art projects throughout the city of Chicago and beyond. For a look at our current activites and programming please visit the following websites: