American Arts Incubator: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen?

Yes, you are required to be a U.S. Citizen to participate in the program. Proof of citizenship required.

I’m a U.S. Citizen, but do I need to be living in the U.S. to participate in the program?

For travel costs related to artist orientation and overseas programming, the program covers only flights originating in the United States. If an applicant resides outside the U.S. and is willing to cover additional flight costs, we would consider the application.

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply.

When would I be going abroad?

Exchange trips for the 2017/18 cycle will take place throughout spring 2018. Exact dates to be determined in consultation with the U.S. Embassy and local partner organization in each country.

Will I get to choose to which country I go?

Applicant preferences are considered when possible, but may not be reflected in final assignments. Applicants have the opportunity to rank their preferences as well as identify any countries to which they do not want to go. Once selections are made, the selected artists are notified of country assignment and invited to participate; they may accept or reject the invitation.

Can I apply as an artist group?

Only one artist will be selected for each country. Applications from artist groups will not be accepted.

Can I choose the social or environmental challenge to be addressed in this program?

Once artists are selected for each country, the actual issue to be addressed is discussed collaboratively amongst ECA, the overseas U.S. Embassy, and ZERO1, with the artist’s interests taken into account. However, the Embassy has final say.

Past community issues addressed by the program include youth empowerment, women’s empowerment, LGBTQ equality, environmental health, and economic empowerment. Please keep in mind that the goal of the program is to facilitate real, art-based, social impacts. Artists are challenged to investigate how dialogue related to a specific community issue can be fostered through digital and/or new media art projects.

I have an existing project that I would like to present abroad. Does this fit within American Arts Incubator?

Selected artists not only will travel abroad to create and present work, but also will design and lead a workshop series using curricula and strategies learned at orientation. In addition, selected artists will administer small grant awards to four project teams, oversee the production of the four community-driven public projects, and produce a culminating event to exhibit the community projects and the work created by the artist while overseas.

It’s acceptable to base your project on existing work or research, but within the context of your work encouraging input from program participants and collaboration with the local community. We are not interested in transporting completed work to an overseas location.

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Deadline to Apply:
All submission materials must be received via the online application by Sunday, January 15, 2017, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. Before applying please read all applications requirements.

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