American Arts Incubator


From 31 March 2017 to 24 April 2017


Garage Education Center
American Arts IncubatorAmerican Arts Incubator


In April, Garage Museum of Contemporary art plays host to the Arts Incubator creative lab. Over the course of one month, the participants will address the theme of disability inclusion— instigating and developing projects under the guidance of the American artist Elaine Cheung.

Arts Incubator is an international open lab connecting art and technology, created by the American organization ZERO1. This is an annual traveling project, in which artists visit different countries to solve acute social problems. For the Russian edition of Arts Incubator 2017, the notion of physical and informational disability inclusion has been chosen as the core of the project, which is curated by the American artist Elaine Cheung. During a month under Elaine’s leadership, Russian participants will explore the topic of inclusion, using modern artistic tools and opportunities.

Arts Incubator will consist of a series of discussions, workshops, and presentations involving the active engagement of regional communities. During such sessions, American artists, invited by the program, join local artists, designers, sociologists, and other experts aiming to explore and offer solutions to certain socially oriented issues.

The result of the work of the Arts Incubator participants will be the generation of ideas for five projects that could be used by people with various disabilities in diverse social situations in museums all over the country—for fuller perception of an exhibition; in sensory deprivation rooms as a break in between guided tours or educational programs; and in public spaces, such as parks or playgrounds.

Arts Incubator begins March 31, 2017 at Garage with an introduction by its artistic curator Elaine Cheung, while the workshops will take place through April 2017, at Garage Education Center on weekends. During the opening week, the participants will learn about the “Incubator” format and start discussing their future endeavors. The second week will be dedicated to thorough work on the projects, that will be presented on April 22, 2017 at Garage Education Centre.



Elaine Cheung works at the intersection of art, design, computing, and technology, exploring themes relating to our embodiment of tech, future systems, and experiential interactions. As a Chinese-American, she bridges ideologies from Eastern and Western perspectives and practices. In 2013, she completed her BFA at University of California, San Diego majoring in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, and she has just completed an MFA in Media Design Practices from Art Center College of Design.



ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley non-profit arts organization that connects creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas and build new vibrant communities. Among other initiatives, it produces the ZERO1 Biennial—an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology.

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. The Bureau’s exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries across the world.


Arts Incubator and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art are looking for artists, designers, teachers, sociologists and other specialists aged 18+, interested in joining this collaborative project, based on the intersection of art, technology and inclusion.

Those wishing to participate should download and fill in the form below and send it to before 12am, March 26, 2017. Participation is free.