Gray Area Cultural Incubator – What to Expect
- April 04, 2017
Gray Area’s Cultural Incubator program supports creative individuals and teams– from a wide array of disciplines– to develop, make and showcase projects within a rich social environment. We offer opportunities for participation through memberships, research labs, and fiscal sponsorship.
I participated in Gray Area’s six month incubator program to incubate codeartproject.com. This multifunctional Theater space in the Mission District applies art and technology – it a true gem tackling the intersection of two things that seemingly have a growing divide in San Francisco. Here I will highlight some of my experiences in the program and detail Gray Area’s offerings.
Gray Area offers:
- peer to peer support
- shared workspace at the historic Grand Theater
- free/discounted admission to events and workshops
- opportunities for public presentations
Peer to Peer Support
This was one of the highlights for me. Working on an artistic project with a group of people created a supportive environment and helped keep me motivated and positive. Everybody was artistic, technical and empathetic. Your peers in a lot of ways make the program.
I didn’t utilize this very much. Half of my project was painting which I did at my art studio a few blocks away. The space is modest – large desks with chairs. Some brought in monitors and external keyboards/mouse. There is a tool shed that members have access to but no one in my group used it.
Free/Discounted Admission to Events/Workshops
I wish I had taken more advantage of this. There is a lot of cool classes and some of the courses are very pricey and unique.
The program offers two public presentations. A presentation after 3 months where each member gives a 3- 5 minute presentation and then an informal question and answer with the audience, about fifty people attended. The second is a showcase of the final projects, roughly two hundred attended.
The highlights of the program were the people and the forcing function to move a large project forward and on time. I am happy I attended the program.
If you want to get into the Gray Area Incubator program I recommend two things:
- Submit a clear vision with a spec
- Stay on Gray Area’s mission
3 Month Presentation and Q/A
If you have any questions about the program I would be happy to answer them – just leave a comment in the comment section below 🙂