Why become a member of the imaa?

Media arts artist-run organizations give voice to artists who present an alternative and distinct view, whether it is aesthetic, theoretical or political. The independent works being created contribute to our understanding of creativity, diversity, inclusiveness, and multiculturalism, inspiring new ways of looking at our world. The Independent Media Arts Alliance is the only national alliance representing the media arts in Canada. Your support and commitment will reinforce the affirmation that independent media art is indispensible and must be supported.

Help to ensure that in the independent media arts sector…

• artists from diverse backgrounds have access to resources and equipment to produce quality works of art and that these works are exhibited, promoted and distributed within Canada and abroad.

• artists are paid a minimum fee for the use of their work.

• artworks are collected, archived and preserved as part of Canadian Heritage.

• art organizations are able to compensate cultural workers appropriately for their highly skilled work.

• artists and organizations across Canada, especially those from underrepresented communities, have a forum to discuss key issues and contribute to the development of the sector.

Shape the Canadian media arts sector.

The IMAA is the voice that speaks to decision makers and funders on a national level. The IMAA contributes to larger cultural umbrella organizations including the Canadian Conference for the Arts and the Canadian Arts Coalition and partners with other like-minded organizations, namely the Documentary Network and the Visual Arts Alliance where the IMAA is an active member.

Take advantage of our resources.

As part of our goal to create a vibrant and healthy media arts community, the IMAA researches and publishes tools to assist employees and boards of directors of artist-run organizations.

Come to the national media arts conference.

The IMAA produces a National Media Arts Conference hosted by a different city every second year. This is a wonderful networking and professional development opportunity, source of inspiration and rejuvenation for cultural workers and artists who are active in artist run organizations.

Stay connected

The IMAA publishes a monthly newsletter featuring IMAA members’ activities as well as pertinent information that could be of interest to the independent media arts sector. The IMAA periodically sends out communiqués to members related to priority issues such as funding program changes, or government budget announcements that affect our members.

Join us

If you want to help strengthen this innovative, dynamic, inclusive, and supportive alliance of media arts organizations, apply today!   (link to application form here: Download PDF membership form)