Mission

Chicago. PMI has been committed to the region’s cultural ecology, as consistently demonstrated by our series of programs, spaces, and projects.

PMI’s promotes community development by creating sustainable and innovative cultural programming and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, arts festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.

Programming highlights include our annual arts convergence, Version Festival. With hundreds of participants each year, some new and some veteran, the festival presents multiple platforms for experiencing a wide variety of public cultural programs, artist-run initiatives, and projects. Our latest project is the low power FM radio station 105.5fm WLPN which serves up to million people in the metropolitan Chicago area.

PMI publishes several periodicals, including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, The Bridgeport International, and Mash Tun Journal.

PMI also promotes companies and individuals that manufacture products locally through the Small Manufacturing Alliance.
For the past 14 years, PMI has showcased emerging and established artists and makers from Chicago and around the world in our network of art spaces and partner organizations. Our main facility is the Co-Prosperity Sphere, a 5,000+ sq. ft. visual arts, performance space, and experimental cultural center. PMI coordinates the Co-Prosperity School, an artist-led initiative highlighting and amplifying the diverse contemporary art worlds of Chicago.

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:

Lumpen Radio
Lumpen
Proximity Magazine
Mash Tun Journal
Mash Tun Festival
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Small Manufacturing Alliance

Public Media Institute