American Arts Incubator 

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. 

Program Staff

Shamsher Virk, Program Director

Maya Holm, Program and Communications Manager

ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network 

We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that build engaged and vibrant communities. Founded in 2000, ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley nonprofit arts organization headquartered in San Jose, CA that aims to address and raise awareness about complex social challenges both locally and internationally. At ZERO1 we believe that art, at the frontier of technology, broadens our critical understanding of the world through experimentation, provoking new ideas, and implementing creative strategies. Through a global network of partners, we bridge the academic, corporate, and cultural worlds to foster collaboration and encourage social action. 

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U.S. Department of State 

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. The Bureau’s exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries.  Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 320 current or former heads of state and government. 

Visit www.eca.state.gov

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Partners & Embassies


CITNOVA encourages scientific and technological development, applied research, and strengthening the links between academia, private sector, and government in order to increase local human capital, social welfare, and economic development in the state of Hidalgo.



Nepal Communitere is a Nepali run and based non-profit organization that brings together Nepali and international groups to operate as one community. Nepal Communitere provides a dynamic, collaborative space for relief and sustainable renewal, giving individuals and organizations the means to pioneer innovative solutions and become self-reliant.


The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts, founded in 1902 and located in Glenwood, Durban was initially established as an informal locale for artists to discuss, exhibit, and market their work. Over a century later, it is KZN’s premier contemporary art gallery, serving the interests of a broad community of artists and committed to the ethos of "Transformation, Incubation and Activation."

Gwangju Cultural Foundation was established in 2011 to develop Gwangju's capacity as a creative city of arts and culture. To strive towards this goal, they support and develop creative activities, arts education programs, policy research, and more.



INOGAR is an incubation center that combines innovation and enterprise culture with civil society, private sector, sustainable development, cultural arts, and technology. They aim to lead the way in sustainable development, creativity, and technology-based transformation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Turkey.

La Casa de Artes, located in a former textile factory in Otavalo, is an arts organization dedicated to preserving indigenous art forms and the Kichwa language. Working primarily in music and dance, they host concerts, music lessons, and various others classes and workshops.


The Alexandria Center for Creativity is an arts and culture center as well as a community exhibition space which hosts a range of creative activities and workshops, and is overseen by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture's Cultural Development Fund. The center was officially opened on October, 2001.

Kochi Biennale Foundation is a nonprofit charitable trust engaged in promoting art & culture and educational activities in India; primary amongst them the hosting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. KBF works around the year to strengthen contemporary art infrastructure and to broaden public access to art across India.

Sacred Heart Autonomous College, Thevara is an arts and science college run by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, established in 1944.


L'Uzine, established in 2014, is a multidisciplinary arts and culture space located in Casablanca's Aïn Sebaâ industrial district. They offer space for artists to convene and for the public to connect with the arts through regular programming. 

Copernicus Science Centre is a science museum containing over 450 interactive exhibits that enable visitors to carry out experiments and play with the laws of science. The Centre also houses a multimedia planetarium and is the largest institution of its type in Poland. 


IZOLYATSIA is a platform for cultural initiatives founded in 2010. They are a multidisciplinary cultural project open to all genres of creative expression, and a point of intersection for all those passionate about cultural and social change. IZOLYATSIA has three intertwined directions of activity: art, education and projects geared at activating Ukraine’s creative sector.

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The Bophana Center acquires film, television, photography and sound archives on Cambodia from all around the world and gives free public access to this precious heritage. For Cambodians, it opens the door to large swathes of memory.

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Parque Explora is the symbol of the transformation of Medellín - an interactive center for the appropriation and dissemination of science and technology housing the largest freshwater aquarium in Latin America, a reptile-filled vivarium, a planetarium, and over 300 interactive experiences. 

Centro Colombo Americano of Medellín is a nonprofit organization that furthers human and social development through academic, multicultural experiences among Colombia, The United States, and other countries. By 2018 the center is set out to be nationally and internationally recognized.

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ArteCentro opened its doors in 2007, currently an art school, in constant evolution and growth, seeks the rapprochement, development and high education of children, young people and adults to art.  They offer four modalities of teaching. School of art, Free Courses , Diplomas, Holiday courses.

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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a place for people, art and ideas to create history. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art.Garage Museum of Contemporary Art logo

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The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is a new mid-town facility for the contemporary arts. Programmes for art, music, theatre, film, design, and cultural/educational events take place in a friendly and recreational atmosphere - with cafe, restaurants, bookshops, and an art library. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) logo

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K11 is committed to promoting the development of contemporary art and the communication between young artists in the fields of visual arts, design, multimedia, music and other creative genres. 


New Zealand

The Otago Museum shares the natural cultural and scientific stories of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. The Museum will be 150 years old in 2018, although many of the items in the collection are far older. 


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Foundation University aims to educate and develop individuals to become productive, creative, useful and responsible citizens of society. It is our mission to enhance and promote a climate of excellence relevant to the challenges of the times.Foundation University logo


Nhà Sàn Collective’s mission is to build a stable structure for contemporary art to grow in Vietnam. We cultivate, support and challenge artists.

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i:cat Gallery curates and hosts exhibitions and events in visual art, music, poetry, film, and design, and is activated and inspired by Lao artists and artists living in and around Vientiane.



976 Art Gallery in Ulaanbaatar features work from master and emerging artists, and serves both collectors and organizations. 976 hosts art events and organizes cultural and educational programs. 


Papua New Guinea

The Melanesian Institute of Arts and Communication fosters learning to promote excellence in Arts and Communication. The World YWCA is a global network of women leading social and economic change. 

The Philippines

The Negros Museum in Bacolod is curatorially conceived without focus on precious artifacts, but rather on the complex stories and people of Negros Island whose lives make up the stories.

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