Our Journey: History & Context
Our Mission: 40 Years of Change
  • Intermedia Arts has been building understanding among people through art for forty years. We place a particular emphasis on stories, experiences, perspectives and art forms historically, traditionally and often intentionally under or un-represented in dominant culture, including (but not limited to) communities of color, LGBTQ communities, women, new Americans, native and Indigenous communities, low-income communities, and youth.
Community Listening: Dream Labs (2012)
  • In 2012, Intermedia Arts held a series of community listening sessions to develop a community vision for our organization to help guide our next 20 years. Over a period of four months, we collected community visions, feedback and ideas through a series of facilitated visioning sessions, as well as through public engagement in our gallery, at community events, and online. We called these sessions “Dream Labs.”
Strategic Plan: New Vision (2013)
  • In 2013, our staff and board took what we had learned from our community Dream Labs and created a new five-year strategic plan for our organization. Through the Dream Labs, our community had re-affirmed our mission, re-defined our core values, guided our strategic plan, and led us to our vision, which, for the first time in the history of the organization, included the word “equity:”

 Our vision is to be a nationally recognized leader whose investment in changemaking artists, cross-sector partnerships, and unique arts-based approaches leads to more capable, healthy and equitable communities.

EMC Arts Innovation Lab: Equity as Innovation (2014)
  • In 2014, Intermedia Arts was selected as one of four organizations nationally to participate in EMC Arts' Innovation Labs for the Performing Arts, an intensive program in organizational innovation for arts groups. Intermedia Arts’ innovation lab is focused on equity as innovation within our organization.
  • We are currently mid-way through this 18-month innovation process toward organizational culture change and evolution. New models and ways of working are being tested in our arts-based civic engagement programming, with the commitment to use what works to ignite a shift across and throughout our organization.
  • In Fall 2014, we held a series of three half-day retreats with our initial working group, a mix of Intermedia Arts’ staff, board, key artists and partners. In February 2015, we spent a week in intensive retreat with our core innovation team (also staff, board, artists and partners)
  • We will continue to work with EMC Arts as we test and refine our models and new ways of working throughout FY16, and will fully implement our new models in FY17.