American Arts Incubator


American Arts Incubator, launched in 2014, uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment.

Working with a community to develop a tangible art work, the program reaches wide audiences, while also fostering in-depth engagement with specific groups, such as women and underserved youth. To further community engagement, the traveling American artists conduct workshops, master classes, talks, public events, and/or other outreach activities, in addition to designing and executing murals and/or new media art work. 

American Arts Incubator is being implemented by ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network. American Arts Incubator uses the entrepreneurial model of business incubators favored by Silicon Valley start-ups to address community issues through a cross-cultural visual arts collaborative project. 

In the spring of 2015, American artists traveled to Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines for one month to lead an arts incubator and a micro-grant program for new media and mural art projects.   In spring 2016, current participants will travel to China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.  American artists yet to be chosen will travel to Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Russia, and Thailand in 2017.

Program Length

1 month

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Emerging, mid-career or established new media and/or digital artists
  • U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and residing in the U.S. at the time of the project
  • Strong record of artistic accomplishments with examples of international experience
  • Relevant experience working with youth and/or underserved communities
  • Record of engaging with artists, art educators, youth, and/or community members through teaching, workshops, social practice, and other outreach activities 

Additional eligibility requirements for this program may vary by country. Individuals who are interested should contact the partnering non-profit organizations, listed below, for more information.

Apply now to participate in the 2016-17 American Arts Incubator! Applications due February 29, 2016.

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