NEW INC Sets Advisory Council, First Wave of Members

NEW INC Sets Advisory Council, First Wave of Members

Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director, cofounders of the New Museum's incubator, NEW INC, together with its Director, Julia Kaganskiy, today announced the program's inaugural Advisory Council. The Museum has also accepted the first round of members. NEW INC will launch in the Museum's adjacent building in late summer 2014. The initiative's rolling application process will conclude on June 6.

NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator dedicated to art, design, and technology is a not-for-profit shared workspace and professional development program supporting cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs. The New Museum's directors, together with David B. Heller, the New Museum's Vice President of the Board of Trustees and NEW INC Advisory Council Chair, assembled a distinguished group of advisors with significant expertise and leadership in areas of entrepreneurship, technology innovation, architecture, design, and visual arts. The NEW INC Advisory Council includes:

  • Sunny Bates, CEO, Sunny Bates Associates
  • Lauren Cornell, New Museum Curator, Curator, 2015 Triennial, Digital Projects, and Museum as Hub
  • Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
  • Fred Dust, Partner, IDEO
  • David B. Heller, Private investor and philanthropist (NEW INC Advisory Council Chair)
  • Aaron Koblin, artist and Creative Director, Google Creative Lab
  • John Maeda, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Neri Oxman, Sony Corporation Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab
  • Yancey Strickler, Cofounder & CEO, Kickstarter
  • Andrew Weissman, Partner, Union Square Ventures, and Cofounder of Betaworks
  • Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

NEW INC's Advisory Council will provide guidance and lend their expertise to this innovative Museum initiative, and will contribute mentorship support to its membership community.

"We looked for advisors who have specific domain expertise in the incubator's targeted fields and can bring immense value in terms of their experience, thought leadership, and networks to both the New Museum and NEW INC's membership community," said Heller.

"We're thrilled to have such a phenomenal group advising us," said Phillips. "They embody the kind of innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit we plan to foster in the program and, together with an expanded group of mentors, will be an invaluable resource to our community."

Along with its Advisory Council, NEW INC today announced the first twenty-four confirmed full-time members comprising its inaugural class of forty. Hundreds of applications have already been received in response to the open call, and the incubator selection committee has been reviewing and accepting applicants on a rolling basis, assembling a diverse, interdisciplinary community that will be joined by anchor tenants Rhizome and Studio-X, Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).