Mission



  • Freewaves creates public media art events that bring diverse audiences and independent media artists together in dialogue on culture and society.
  • Freewaves promotes innovative and people-centered cultural engagement through project-specific platforms – that may be online, established, nontraditional, multiple or scalable.
  • Freewaves acts locally throughout Los Angeles and globally beyond.
  • Freewaves provides free online access to one of the largest digital archives of contemporary media arts in the world.

What is media art?

Media arts include the work of artists who use communication technology – video, film, the web, and mobile devices. Media arts are constantly evolving as artists seize and personalize new technologies.

Government and Foundation Grants

Freewaves programs have been made possible through the generous support of the following foundations and municipal entities. Many have funded Freewaves consistently for the past two decades.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Benton Foundation
California Arts Council
California Community Foundation
The California Endowment
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Durfee Foundation
Getty Grant Program
The James Irvine Foundation
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Liberty Hill Foundation
The James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Peter Norton Family Foundation
Pasadena Art Alliance
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation