About

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
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. 

Visit www.zero1.org

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

 

Partners & Embassies

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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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The 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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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. Its newest addition, Exploratorio, is a citizen space where people can access and share knowledge, experiment, grow ideas, and develop projects in a collaborative, free, and open way, under the philosophy of learning by doing.

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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
Partners

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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Philippines

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

Vietnam

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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Laos
Partners

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.

 

Mongolia
Partners

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
Partners

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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