ZERO1 (SAN JOSE, CA) – RFQ – American Arts Incubator

In RFQ on June 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm

ZERO1 is calling innovative new media and digital artists with a love of travel and passion for community-driven public art to apply to participate in the American Arts Incubator. The program is an international arts exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media art projects that bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social innovation. 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. Selected artists will be working directly with ZERO1, ECA, U.S. Embassy officials, and overseas cultural partners to oversee the creation of a series of public art projects focused on a specific social issue.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to emerging, mid-career or established new media and/or digital artists at least 18 years of age and residing in the U.S. Must have strong record of artistic accomplishments with examples of international experience, relevant experience working with youth and/or underserved communities, and a record of engaging with artists, art educators, youth, and/or community members through teaching, workshops, social practice, and other outreach activities.

BUDGET: The Artist will receive a $7,000 honorarium for participation, plus an assigned budget for workshop and public art production costs overseas. This budget will be determined during a pre-travel proposal time period, based on approval by ECA, the respective U.S. Embassy, and ZERO1. The program covers airfare, accommodations, and basic travel costs.

DEADLINE: All submission materials must be received via the online application by Sunday, May 31st, 2015, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. There is no entry fee.

QUESTIONS: The following page contains more information related to online information sessions, frequently asked questions, and hosts our online application submission system. or e-mail

More information about the current American Arts Incubator projects is continually updated here:



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