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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

We are so glad you are here!

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is a grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area. To that end we operate a Community Media and Arts Center.

Media + Art + Tech for Social Change!

We rent out our event spaces, but we are so much more than a really great venue. We are the home of UC Books to Prisoners, Makerspace Urbana, the Bike Project of UC, the Public i newspaper, WRFU 104.5FM, The Radical Librarians and Anarchist Archivists collective, a world-renowned zine collection, and so much more. We are THE Place to plant your ideas. 

And, in 2020, we are celebrating 20 years.

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--- Breaking News!!! ----

Great news! The UC-IMC has a new executive director! The selection was made after an extensive national search.

The IMC Board is extremely happy to announce that Miriam Larson will be the new executive director at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. Her first day will be Friday, January 17, 2020.

The contact information to rent the venue space or art studio/office space will continue to be ProgramDirector@ucimc.org. If you want to contact Miriam directly, her email address is miriam@ucimc.org . The office phone number is 217.344-8820.

Basic information about Miriam:
Miriam brings amazing organizing skills which she gained as a school librarian. Miriam also has some sound engineering skills, and is a folk musician herself (flute and singer). She is fluent in Spanish -- she served in Americorps at La Casa de Esperanza in Minnesota. She has a Master's Degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science. Miriam’s CAS thesis was entitled, “In Search of Culturally Relevant Library Practice: A Case Study Examination of Race and Racism in the School Library.”

Miriam has experience in programming and coordinating, budgeting, working as a member of a team, setting goals, reflecting on practice, and faithfully responding to the needs of the community.

The IMC is a very active place. The executive director position, as the sole staff position, can be thought of as having 3 main responsibilities:  programming, facilities, and fundraising/grant management. You might notice that those 3 responsibilities require vastly different skills and that no one person could perfectly fill all 3, and more work needs doing than any one person can accomplish.  So, the executive director has a further responsibility: volunteer coordinator.

Some of you may have noticed that the IMC’s building is a very old building (1914). Miriam describes her experience managing facilities as being “informal though substantial.” She does not shy away from hands-on tasks and has done some fairly involved building improvement work herself. She also has experience hiring contractors.

Miriam has already demonstrated expertise in open communication, computer skills, listening, conflict resolution, and consensus building.

Her passion for diversity and social justice activism makes her a perfect fit for the IMC.  The board is confident that Miriam is a person who will continue to advance the IMC’s mission -- to provide a path for underrepresented voices to be heard, a nurturing space for creative expression, and to gather people together to work for social justice.

We have faith that she will create a welcoming community space with clear ground rules that the board and community worked together to create (we call these the “House Rules 2019”).

Back to the topic of volunteering. We (the IMC board and staff) know that you are anxiously waiting for the announcement of a community work day – where we gather for a few hours and get some work done and are reminded that we are not alone, even in the bleak mid-winter. So, on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020; 2pm, we are calling for an all-hands-on-deck IMC Work Day. Mark your calendar! If you want to be reminded, email ProgramDirector@ucimc.org right now!

As the UC-IMC celebrates our 20th year anniversary (2020 is our 20th year!!!!!!), we are celebrating our past (the hard times as well as the successes), embracing our present strengths and talents, and raising up the future. Together, we can do anything: many stones can form an arch.

Welcome Miriam!

In deep appreciation,
Karen Medina
Board President of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

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