ZERO1: the Art and Technology Network > American Arts Incubator 2020: : Request for Qualifications for Artists

American Arts Incubator (AAI) is a creative exchange program that utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build communities, bolster local economies, and further social innovation. Each incubator addresses a relevant social or environmental challenge such as economic equity, youth empowerment, gender equality, and environmental health.

American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed in partnership with ZERO1.

The countries selected for AAI 2020 will be announced in early 2019 before finalists are invited to submit a full application.


  • Emerging, mid-career, or established artists working with new media and/or digital art

  • Experience with teaching, facilitation, group collaboration and/or social practice

  • U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. that are at least 18 years of age

AAI sends U.S. artists abroad to lead collaborations with local communities that address a relevant social or environmental challenge using digital and/or new media art. Each exchange is supported by the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and a host partner organization. There are four main activities that occur during the month-long incubator:

  1. Artist talk — Artist gives a public talk about the incubator and their artistic work to a local audience.

  2. Workshop series — Artist facilitates workshops to transfer skills in art, science, technology, and entrepreneurship to participants while facilitating dialogue and explorations around the given social challenge.

  3. Project development — Artist guides participant teams to build creative project prototypes which apply workshop skills to the social challenge.

  4. Open house — The incubator culminates in an open house that showcases the teams’ prototypes and solicits public feedback through a panel review.

After the international incubators are complete, ZERO1 will host one visiting international participant from each exchange country for 10-day professional development workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area to further build participant skills.

The program covers airfare, accommodations, and basic travel costs.The artist will receive a USD $7,000 honorarium for participation, plus an assigned budget for workshop production costs overseas. This budget is determined during the project proposal phase, prior to overseas travel. It is based on approval by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the respective U.S. Embassy, and ZERO1.

Deadline: 13 January 2019

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