Strategic Plan 2020

  • After a tumultuous reorganization at the end of 2017, our Board is currently working on a new Strategic Plan for MTN. The current plan is to spend the next two years (2018-2019) getting the organization upgraded with some HD equipment and new offerings to members, and to then launch into 2020 with a future vision and mission to continue to provide a media platform for individual voices and perspectives for decades to come. Stay tuned and get involved!



Since 1983, the Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) has served as the city of Minneapolis's Community Media (Public Access) Center. An independent nonprofit organization founded originally by the Minneapolis Mayor and City Council, MTN strengthens the community through the free exchange of information and ideas in the media. MTN is an open gathering place where anyone can congregate and create unique, individual programming. We offer regular video production, editing, and studio management courses to any interested resident, and we regularly teach and train a wide variety of people in media production, media literacy, and community leadership.


Population Served:

MTN serves residents throughout the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a concentration on Minneapolis. Every year, MTN serves approximately 400 individuals in camera usage, video editing, and media production. Through its three channels and online streaming channels, MTN airs programming from an incredibly diverse population, and people with all kinds of differing cultures, ideas, and backgrounds are welcome within our space to create and collaborate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Organizational Mission

MTN Mission Statement: To provide the space, support, and training necessary for our community to use technology to create and share their unique perspectives.

Our History

The history of Minneapolis Television Network began with the arrival of cable television in our city. Taking advantage of a Minnesota State law that required that, as part of the franchise agreements with cities, the cable companies provide support for PEG (public, educational, and government access) TV channels, the Minneapolis Mayor and City Council founded MTN in 1983. That year, MTN began operating in the Lehman Center on East Lake Street in South Minneapolis.The first company to offer cable service in Minneapolis that year was Rogers Cablevision, which provided MTN the operating, capital equipment funds, and channel space for public use. The current franchise holder in Minneapolis is Comcast Cable.

Today, MTN is a non-profit organization governed by 5 Board Members. Our facilities are located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, on 18th and Central, in the Thorp Building. We have numerous production studios, a community stage, editing and archive stations, and space for classes and meetings of up to 200 people at any given time.

Since our inception, MTN has remained faithful to our mission of strengthening community through the free exchange of information and ideas. For this reason, MTN is a vibrant community-gathering place where citizens congregate daily to create television programming. Our three public access channels are filled with original programming from a wide range of local people, including the immigrant communities of Somali, Ethiopia, Oromia, and Southeast Asia, as well as African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Latin Americans, gays and lesbians, political advocates of diverse causes, artists, youths, senior citizens, and so on. We are a free speech zone for all.

Our Vision

By 2020 MTN resolves to:

  • Evolve our technology to create a modern media center.
  • Develop strong professional media and digital technology trainings.
  • Foster diverse and sustainable resources and increase overall support.
  • Nurture collaborations among young people, emerging artists, citizen journalists, media producers, nonprofits and small businesses, and seniors to inspire, inform and connect communities.
  • Leverage public and private partnerships and resources to increase digital literacy for all, including underrepresented communities.

    Our Values:

    -Community as a source of content that enriches lives, provides information, and increases engagement and dialogue
    -Freedom of speech, expression, and ideas
    -Affordable Access to our studios, equipment and stations
    -Media and Digital Literacy as a basic tenet of a civil society to represent themselves using media and by creating and distributing content
    -Diversity in people and all their dimensions, realizing that mutual respect for individuality and inclusion of all is vital for both personal and institutional success