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 conflict resolution, social inclusion, public health, the environment and women’s empowerment.

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. 

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. 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.

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

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