A pioneer in creative community leadership and engagement, Intermedia Arts has been providing artists and audiences with the tools, support, respect and freedom to make positive social change through art, dialogue and civic engagement since 1973.
Over the past 40 years we’ve grown, become multi-disciplinary, changed our name, and gained international recognition for our innovative programming and approach to creative leadership and community engagement. And we're still growing!
1970s – Media Activism
Intermedia Arts was founded in 1973 by a group of University of Minnesota student media activists called University Community Video. The organization was housed in an old church on campus. Throughout the 1970s, Intermedia Arts served university students and community members using emerging video technology to engage new voices and examine pressing social issues.
1980s – Many Voices, Many Forms
In the early 1980's, we expanded beyond video into other artistic disciplines. Multidisciplinary arts, installations, music and performance art with a base in technology opened up opportunities for artists to create work in these new art forms. We changed our name to Intermedia Arts and opened a small visual arts gallery in downtown Minneapolis. By the late 80's, the organization had developed into a multi-disciplinary arts center.
1990s – Setting Down Roots
In 1994, Intermedia Arts purchased the Bee-Line Automotive Building on 2822 Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. The 55408 neighborhood with the largest concentration of artists was the most natural habitat for our growing organization. The location of our facility in the Lyndale Avenue - Lake Street (Lyn-Lake) area brought us to the center of this heavily populated, racially diverse, younger, and more culturally active neighborhood.
2000s – Local is Global
In the early part of the millennium, in response to global population shifts, Intermedia Arts moved to the forefront of multicultural arts programming. We developed groundbreaking approaches to building community, reaching broad audiences and bringing diverse groups together to hear one another’s stories.
In 2006, we merged with SASE: The Write Place, a local literary arts organization recognized for its commitment to writers often excluded from traditional literary settings, especially writers of color, young writers and GLBT writers.
In 2009, Intermedia Arts merged with Phillips Community Television (PCTV), a South Minneapolis media organization dedicated to empowering young people to engage with their communities through learning, teaching and making media.
UP NEXT: THE FUTURE IS YOU
Just as we helped to put small-format video cameras in the hands of community members back in the '70s, we continue to use art and dialogue to inspire social change and create healthy, vital communities. We need your help, we need your vision, we need your voice. Join Us.