Can the Arts Shape Public Policy?

Can the Arts Shape Public Policy?
Nov. 14, 2014

The official launch of the American Arts Incubator in collaboration with the US Department of State.

The challenge of navigating an increasingly complex and unknown world demands new creative ideas. On Wednesday, November 5th, ZERO1 launched the American Arts Incubator, an international arts exchange program planned in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that incubates new ideas for community engagement through new media and mural art projects.

This special evening included a panel discussion featuring Roselyne (Cissie) Swig, Bay Area cultural civic leader; Derek Slater, Policy Manager at Google Inc.; and Sean HewensIDEO. org's Amplify Program Director and In-House Counsel in conversation with Jaime Austin, Curator and Director of Programs at ZERO1.

Our American Arts Incubator inaugural artists —David Burke, Felipe Castelblanco, Kendal Henry, and Xiaowei Wang—were also all prestent for the event and had a great opportunity to talk with the public around thier upcoming travels to Laos, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Mongolia. We can't wait to see how they spark new ideas for community engagement through the arts.