American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international new media and digital arts exchange program developed by ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. AAI was created to support the collaboration of American artists and underserved communities abroad to create impactful, community-driven public art projects that address local social challenges.
After a rigorous selection process, we are thrilled to announce the six artists chosen to participate in the 2018 American Arts Incubator:
- Beatrice Glow — Ecuador
- Tiare Ribeaux — Ukraine
- Laura Wright — India
- Dasha Ortenberg* — Morocco
- Gene Felice — Egypt
- Amy Karle — Poland
Each of the selected artists will lead a training workshop, production lab, and public exhibition addressing a social challenge during a month-long exchange to each country. Through AAI’s experience-based learning methodology, participants will engage in discussions, activities, and experiments around an issue of local importance. Small grants will be awarded to participant groups from the local community, creating new opportunities for collaborative innovation. By applying creative practices to social challenges, participants will develop their own arts-based explorations that bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social change.
The six American artists will act as cultural envoys, using artistic collaboration to foster new relationships built upon common social values and the collective exploration of differences. They will share their technological skills and aesthetic sensibilities with international creative explorers working in the burgeoning fields of social entrepreneurship and arts-based community engagement.
ZERO1 is proud to welcome this year’s AAI artists into our ever-expanding network of hybrid explorers in art, science, and technology. In the upcoming year, we will be working together to provoke and explore new ideas that build more inclusive, engaged, and vibrant communities around the world.
*Updated 11/12/17: Artist Emilie Baltz, who was originally slated to travel to Morocco, has been replaced with Dasha Ortenberg.