The Inter-Media Art Center, Inc. is a publicly supported, non-profit, Charitable media and performing arts center located in
IMAC began it's existence in Huntington, New York in 1974 when, through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, IMAC set up facilities as the first non- profit Media Arts Center on Long Island. The Center was designed to make a full range of video production resources and services available to artists, independent producers, and non-profit organizations producing a wide variety of non-commercial works of art and information.
IMAC set up studios and editing facilities in a large house on six acres of wooded land, which often served as set backdrops. The goal of the Media Arts Movement of the mid-seventies was to make professional television facilities and services available to citizens, artists and non-profit organizations with the hope that a whole array of new television products would be created. For the New York State Council on the Arts, the practical question was how to get services, equipment and expertise into the hands of these new artists and producers around the state. Since it wasn't possible to put a TV studio in the hands of every videographer, government funding helped create a new type of cultural organization, the regional
In 1976, IMAC moved its facilities to
In 1983. IMAC made a bold move when we relocated back to
IMAC's occupancy began in winter of 1983 and the theater was in terrible shape. The stage did not exist legally, there was no heat or A.C., no sound, no lighting system, leaking roof, crumbling plaster, no dressing rooms or toilet facilities and IMAC had no grants, gifts or budget for the project. IMAC set itself a six week goal to get the theater and up and running and by the appointed date IMAC opened it doors with a 5 part dance series which was met by excellent audience attendance and critical acclaim. One interesting fact about the first presentation was that we had just finished wiring the plugs on the lighting system 10 minutes before curtain and we didn't know if it would all work...but it did! A bit like King Arthur and excaliber, we felt as if we'd pulled the sword from the rock and the promise of an exciting new facility was born. Since then IMAC has been working diligently to build a momentum to bring a broad spectrum of music not normally found on Long Island to Long Island audiences. IMAC concerts feature living composer/musicians performing their own compositions in the genres of, but not limited to, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Country,
Since moving to this facility in 1983, IMAC has become a very strong presenter recognized nationally for it's unique programming. Newsday has called IMAC..."Best Concert Venue" on