American Arts Incubator
ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), runs a new media and digital arts program called American Arts Incubator.
Inspired by the “business incubator” model made popular by Silicon Valley’s technology and start-up companies, American Arts Incubator is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement. It showcases artists as engaged and innovative partners in addressing social issues, in addition to creating a cross-cultural exchange of ideas.
The selected U.S. artists team up with youth and underserved populations, through country-based partnerships, to inspire creative ideas for community engagement through art programs. American Arts Incubator awards microgrants to community-driven new media or digital arts projects proposed by artist teams who reside in each overseas community. In doing so, the program creates opportunities for innovation by translating creative practices into community-driven artworks and ongoing arts programming that will bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social change.