American Arts Incubator International Exchange Program 2019 (Fully-funded)

American Arts Incubator International Exchange Program 2019 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: January 15, 2018

ZERO1 is invites innovative digital and new media artists with a love of travel and passion for community-driven public art to apply to participate in American Arts Incubator. American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international 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. The program is developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by ZERO1.

AAI is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement. At its core, AAI is a cross-cultural exchange of ideas that showcases artists as engaged and innovative partners in addressing social and environmental challenges.

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. AAI awards small grants to local participant teams to develop public projects addressing a social or environmental challenge relevant to their community. 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.

Program duration is June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019.


  • The Artist will receive a USD $7,000 honorarium for participation, plus an assigned budget for workshop and public art production costs overseas.
  • The program additionally covers airfare, accommodations, and basic travel costs.


Open to emerging, mid-career or established new media and/or digital artists

  • U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age
  • Strong record of artistic accomplishments
  • Proof of adaptability and capacity to work in international contexts
  • Relevant experience working with youth and/or underserved communities
  • Record of engaging with artists, youth, community organizations, and/or community members through teaching, workshops, social practice, artistic collaboration, or other outreach activities

Selection Criteria

  • They are seeking creative, adaptable, and culturally-sensitive digital and new media artists with experience in socially-engaged art, group facilitation, diverse collaborative environments, and project management.
  • Artists must demonstrate how they have used their art practice to address social or environmental challenges, and how they have facilitated groups to work towards collective goals.
  • Applicants should be proven self-starters who can work independently, respond to time-sensitive virtual communications, meet deadlines, incubate new ideas, receive feedback, and support overseas participants to develop their skills and apply them to the creation of projects that engage local communities.


For more information about this opportunity, visit the FAQ page.

To apply, use the online application.

For more information, visit 2019 American Arts Incubator.