American Arts Incubator


American Arts Incubator, launched in 2014, uses new media and digital arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in strategic regions around the world to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as conflict resolution, social inclusion, the environment and women’s empowerment.

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 collaborative public art projects. The traveling American artists conduct workshops, in addition to talks, public events, and/or other outreach activities, while designing and executing new media art work. Small grants are also issued to program participants to implement public art concepts they develop during the workshops.

Past American Arts Incubator projects have taken place in (2015) Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines; (2016) China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam; and (2017) Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Russia, and Thailand. The 2018 program will take place in Ecuador, Egypt, India, Morocco and Ukraine. More information can be found at Zero1: The Art and Technology Network.

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.

The application period is currently closed. The next application cycle is typically announced in mid-November and applications typically close in February. Check the American Arts Incubator website for details.

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