American Arts Incubator

American Arts Incubator

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American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international creative exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by ZERO1. The program utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build communities, bolster local economies, and further social innovation.

Inspired by the “business incubator” model made popular by Silicon Valley’s technology and startup companies, American Arts Incubator is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement. AAI, at its core, is a cross-cultural exchange of ideas that showcases artists as engaged and innovative partners in addressing social and environmental challenges. The selected U.S. artists team up with youth, women, people with disabilities, and underserved populations, through country-based partnerships, to inspire community engagement through art programs. American Arts Incubator awards small grants to local participant teams to develop public projects addressing the particular social or environmental challenge. In doing so, AAI exchanges seed opportunities for ongoing, community-driven innovation by translating creative practices into projects and programming that can be sustained long after the U.S. artist leaves the overseas location.

American Arts Incubator launched in 2014.