ZERO1 partners with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to run an international creative exchange program in media and digital arts, American Arts Incubator.
Inspired by the “business incubator” model made popular by Silicon Valley’s technology and start-up companies, American Arts Incubator is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement. It showcases artists as engaged and innovative partners in addressing social issues, in addition to creating a cross-cultural exchange of ideas.
The selected U.S. artists team up with youth and underserved populations, through country-based partnerships, to inspire creative ideas for community engagement through art programs. American Arts Incubator awards microgrants to community-driven new media and digital arts projects proposed by artist teams who reside in each overseas community. In doing so, the program creates opportunities for innovation by translating creative practices into community-driven artworks and ongoing arts programming that will bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social change.
American Arts Incubator launched in 2014.
ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that build engaged and vibrant communities. As a 21st century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world’s most creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology. ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and is also the force behind the ZERO1 Fellowship program, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.
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.