Mission

PMI’s mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects,  festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media.

PMI 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 has a reach of up to two million people a day in the metropolitan Chicago area.

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

PMI also promotes companies and individuals that manufacture products locally through the Small Manufacturing Alliance.
For the past 16 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 programs and host numerous events and social art projects throughout the city of Chicago and beyond. For a look at our current activities 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