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New York, NY...NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator, welcomes its recently appointed Director #salomeasega and its eighth annual class for the September 2021 to August 2022 program cycle. “I’m thrilled to join NEW INC at the beginning of this cycle and look forward to supporting a wide range of projects and initiatives showing us critical ways forward,” Asega says of the incoming cohort. For year eight, NEW INC offers five member tracks, including two new tracks and several renewed partnerships: Creative Science, Art & Code, Extended Realities, Collective Abundance, and Future Memory.
Thirty-eight members working at the intersection of art, #design, technology, and entrepreneurship will participate in NEW INC’s yearlong program which includes a valuescentered business education curriculum, mentorship, and community events. This year, members range from individual practitioners—such as artists, designers, and storytellers—to collectives, studios, nonprofits, and startups. In alignment with NEW INC’s mission to foster cultural value, many of these members are committed to projects that emphasize social impact, addressing issues of racial equity, climate, access, education, and the future of work,
among other pressing humanitarian concerns.
NEW INC’s membership model continues to support a diverse range of creative practitioners, with 61% of members identifying as #people of color, 78% women or gender non-conforming, and 39% LGBTQIA+. Over seven years, members have raised $25.1 million in investment capital, created 596 jobs, and established or retained 324 businesses in #newyork City.
In the second year of a grant from Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, NEW INC is continuing its Creative Science track. Members are exploring climate futures at the junction of art and science through immersive experiences, community education, multispecies ecosystem care, #design interventions, and conceptual art.
In partnership with Rhizome, the Art & Code track asks members to consider the deep future of internet-based art. This track focuses on experimentation and collaboration between artists, engineers, and technologists where members benefit from specialized mentorship opportunities and events.
The Extended Realities track returns for another year at NEW INC, and include artists, performers, avatar-creators, choreographers, and XR producers who are interested in how identities and culture are represented and transformed through live experiences mediated by technology.
New this year, NEW INC launches the Collective Abundance track, where teams are creatively reimagining new models for wealth, health, and justice. Members of this track span many disciplines, including architecture, hardware #design, urbanism, art, and education. Through practices of community engagement, artistic immersion, and cultural critique, this creative cohort is building newly formed pathways for healing, social care, economic empowerment, and joy.
Members in the newly created Future Memory track are shaking up dominant historical narratives and re-defining the power communities hold. This track was created to welcome new ideas around monuments and historical representation in the wake of widespread social unrest. Future Memory track members include urban designers, artists, data scientists, designers, strategists, and community organizers who are interrogating monuments and digital archives to tell untold stories and enable participatory culture-making.
Generous leadership support for NEW INC Year 8 is provided by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation. Additional support is provided by Deutsche Bank.
Over the course of the twelve-month program, NEW INC members participate in a professional development and mentorship program designed to support their projects and foster individual growth.
Previous members have been recognized as emerging leaders in their respective industries. They have presented work at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cooper Hewitt #design Triennial, and Ars Electronica, and have won awards and commissions from the Serpentine, Verizon 5G Labs, Creative Capital, and the Bessie Awards. Additionally, members have the opportunity to present their work at NEW INC’s annual Demo Day presentations and other public programs presented with our partners.
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