The Public Media Institute

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,  festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.

 PMI launched Chicago’s newest Low Power FM Radio Station to serve  communities based in the Chicagoland area.  Lumpen Radio, ( WLPN-LP ) is on the air 24 hours a day at 105.5 fm. You can also Plug-in and listen at

Public Media Institute is committed to the region’s cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs and projects.

  Programming highlights include our space the Co-Prosperity Sphere which facilitates multiple platforms for experiencing a wide variety of public cultural programs, artist-run initiatives and projects. Lumpen Radio is a collaborative effort of over 100 individuals and organizations creating original programming, talk shows, and music driven programming.

PMI publishes several periodicals including  Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and  Mash Tun Journal. 

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 4,000 + sq ft arts and performance space.

PMI programs and host numerous events and socially engaged  projects throughout the city of Chicago and beyond. For a look at our current activities and programming please visit the following websites:

Mash Tun Journal
Mash Tun Festival
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Lumpen Radio

Please help support PMI all the great people that make it possible by donating to us through Public Good:


Public Media Institute