The Citizen Artist Incubator aims to empower the next generation of artists with  the skills necessary to actively implement  change in  our society and to explore  unconventional partnerships and interdisciplinary exchange as part of an international network.


Project Summary

The Citizen Artist Incubator is the first program developed for performing artists that aspire to develop new ways of using collaborative artistic innovation to create an active impact on current issues and global challenges. The first edition took place from 4 till 30 September at Laxenburg Castle, 20km outside Vienna. The second edition will be from 2 till 28 July 2017 in the Tabaksfabrik in Linz, Austria.

The faculty is composed of artists that have found effective ways to address pressing problems through their artistic practice, leading academics, scientists, policy makers, and experts from the fields of change management, conflict resolution, systems analysis, fundraising and media.

CAI aims to  find new ways of creating artistic projects that will directly help  to implement societal change; to develop a vision and ideas on the role of impactful art by designing new forms of collaboration between art, science and citizens in order to contribute to positive societal change in Europe; and to develop a concrete plan for an art project that applies these concerns.

Participants will become part of an international network of artists, scientists, academics and practical idealists that strive to trigger change.

The program is fully funded. It covers travel, accommodation, tuition and a 600 EUR stipend.





Project Start – End Dates  

Start of the Project 1/9/2015

End of the Project 31/8/2017


Total approved budget – 331,806.99€‚

EU Creative Europe Programme (60%) – 199,084.19€‚

Partners own funding from donations and synergies (40%) – 132,722.80€‚

Creative Europe

The general objectives of Creative Europe are: (a) to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and to promote Europe’s cultural heritage; (b) to strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors, in particular of the audiovisual sector, with a view to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Launched in January 2014, Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games.

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CulturePolis (Greece) – Lead Partner

“CulturePolis” is a Non Profit Organization (NGO) which operates mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, having as its main aim – through research, analysis, debate and dialogue and throughout targeted actions, to contribute to information and public awareness on issues concerning:



Fokus (Austria)

The Austrian society for cultural economics and policy studies (FOKUS) was founded in 1997 in order to establish a platform for the exchange of ideas and the co-ordination of new research projects as well as to serve as a nexus between academia, the arts, civil servants and governments. The mission of FOKUS is to provide a forum for presentations and discussions of current research and recent developments in cultural policy as well as in the academic field. During the past ten years FOKUS held a number of international symposia, workshops and debate series. These events brought together specialists from within Austria and from abroad to discuss specific aspects of cultural policy. The symposia intend to stimulate the exchange of ideas between active participants as well as to provide a constructive contribution to public discourse.



La Vie sur Terre (The Netherlands)

Since 2001, our foundation helps Dutch composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven realizing music and art projects that bridge the gap between communities in areas of conflict and social segregation. In the past years we organized projects in the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, a Slovak gypsy ghetto, the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem. Most recently, we initiated the ‘Syrious Mission’, a method for entrepreneurial artists to give workshops to -and set up activities with – Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

All our projects aim to strengthen international collaboration between musicians through practical idealism and active audience involvement. Contact is essential if you want to solve any problem between individuals or communities. Through music we can establish, develop and strengthen relationships between people. We want to encourage and stimulate direct contact between musicians from different cultures, between young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. Idealism is central.



Pacificstream (UK)

Pacificstream is a provider of a range of high quality support services including advice, guidance, training, mentoring, and incubation to help creatives to either start a business or help their existing art and design practice to survive and grow.

They specialise in supporting new and existing artists, musicians, designers and makers but have experience of supporting entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds across a diverse range of the creative and digital industries within Liverpool, Merseyside, the Northwest of England, nationally and internationally.


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