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About Intermedia Arts

A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts supports a broad spectrum of artists, with a particular focus on voices you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.

Our Queer Voices reading series is the longest running GLBT literary series in the nation. Our multimedia festival, B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop, is the first of its kind worldwide, showcasing and celebrating the contributions of women to a revolutionary art form. Our annual performance series, Indigenous Voices, (co-presented with Pangea World Theater), explores First Nation issues of identity and human rights; and our youth media programs allow at-risk youth to create films and TV shows about issues in their lives and communities.

We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. Our leadership program, The Creative Community Leadership Institute, is one of only a few programs in the country to provide comprehensive, professional-level training and support for local community-engaged artists and community developers. Led by a core faculty of three of the leading thinkers in the field of community cultural development, Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute has trained over 62 of the Twin Cities’ most active community artists, organizers and developers.

We come to the art from the issue, focusing on the impact an artist or organization can have on a community. We are multi-lingual and many-cultural, empowering artists and young people to tell their stories, in their own words and ways. Then we gather the community to listen, to see and to respond.