Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Currently Crushing On: The American Arts Incubator

I thought I’d share a little art mind candy this week.

In 2014, The American Arts Incubator was launched in partnership between Zero1: The Art and Technology Network and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was designed as an arts meets technology cultural exchange program deploying artists to Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. It is designed to use contemporary art, design process, and technology to engage and fund foreign populations in developing public art that addresses a local social issue.

This program has packed just about everything I love (art, technology, hack days, public art, education, cross-cultural understanding, development) into one brilliant package.

From a management perspective my mind takes a hit trying to concept, understand, and organize all of the resources and time coordinating a project like this would require. Also, there are so many factors that can influence the outcome.

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One comment on “Currently Crushing On: The American Arts Incubator

  1. awellfare89
    October 24, 2014

    We actually studied the incubator model, in Intro to Technology in Arts Management and it is an interesting beast. They are wonderful tools that assist new companies and artists get off the ground, but incubators must provide real value in management advice to the to ensure there is a validated market opportunity with real customers ready to greet them once they “leave the nest,” so to speak.

    We had the chance to meet with Linda Essig of Arizona State University who has taken on the task of researching various types of arts incubators in the country, as there are not solid databases or lists of such organization. Defining incubator typologies helps for better evaluation of their efforts in the future, which is a struggle for most incubators. We also read an article from Harvard Business Review that pinpointed problems with incubators and that the way some measure success is diverted from the purpose they serve: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/08/the-problems-with-incubators-a/

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