New Museum Now Accepting Membership Applications for First Year of NEW INC
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 that the Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural group of members. NEW INC will launch in the Museum's adjacent building in summer 2014. The deadline for applications is April 1.
NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator, is a hybrid, shared workspace and professional development program designed to support creative entrepreneurs working in areas of art, technology, and design. Conceived by the New Museum in 2013, the incubator is a not-for-profit platform that furthers the Museum's thirty-six-year commitment to new art and new ideas. It will provide a collaborative space for a highly selective, interdisciplinary community of one hundred members to investigate bold and unlikely ideas with a focus on developing a sustainable practice.
"Creatives today are working in unique ways that are cross-disciplinary, collaborative, leveraging technology, and increasingly straddling the line between culture and commerce," said Julia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC. "For those exploring new modes of cultural production, the professional landscape in which they work is still undefined, and few resources and systems exist to support these enterprises, or to address the unique challenges they are encountering." NEW INC is a response to ongoing changes in cultural production and will provide a lab-like environment and framework for the development of original models in the pursuit of innovation.
Over the course of a twelve-month residency, members will have 24/7 access to full-time or part-time coworking desk space, shared resources and equipment, events, and professional development programs. A commitment to mentorship and professional development is one of NEW INC's distinguishing aspects. Leveraging the New Museum's international network of staff, trustees, advisors, and affiliates, NEW INC will develop a program that includes business training, skill development, informal peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, networking, and community-building opportunities. Members will also benefit from developing their ideas under the umbrella of the Museum, working in close proximity to anchor tenants Studio-X, a global network of laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment started by Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP); Rhizome, a long-time New Museum affiliate who will support the incubator through its expertise and leadership at the intersection of art and technology; as well as with initiatives like IDEAS CITY. Members will also be encouraged to self-organize talks and workshops where they can either present their own work, run a skill-share session, or invite outside experts to share their practice.