Why become a member of 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 in all its forms and inclusivity, inspiring new ways of seeing.

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 indispensable and must be supported. Become a member and contribute to the richness and strength of the community!

More details on membership and a full list of privileges can be found here.

Help to ensure that in the independent media arts sector:

• Artists from diverse backgrounds have access to resources and equipment to produce quality work and to support their exhibition, promotion and distribution within the country 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.

IMAA is the voice that speaks to decision makers and funders on a national level. The IMAA contributes to larger cultural umbrella organizations and partners with other like-minded organizations.

Take advantage of our resources.

As part of our goal to create a vibrant and healthy media arts community, IMAA researches and publishes tools to assist employees and boards of directors of artist-run organizations. IMAASource offers access to a comprehensive, searchable collection of resources and tools for media arts organisations and practitioners from related fields.

Come to the national media arts conference.

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

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. IMAA periodically sends out memo 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)