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Incubating Female Empowerment Through Art
American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an arts exchange program that facilitates dialogue and furthers social innovation through community-driven digital and new media art projects.
As an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with arts organization ZERO1, AAI sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with local communities and address relevant social and environmental challenges over a month-long incubator.
Earlier this year, AAI sent American artist Jennifer Berry to Kathmandu, Nepal, where she collaborated with host partner Nepal Communitere on workshops that leveraged new media art to tell stories that highlight women empowerment.
The video below documents her experience and that of the participants of this arts incubator.
"Having American artist Jennifer Berry here creates an environment in which she's interacting with the local participants and sharing her skills and talents with them, asking them to really dig down into social issues that they care about, and creating innovative solutions to them," shares Grace Carroll, CAO at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu.
The original video can be found on ZERO1's Youtube channel here.
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