Creative Impact Lab Amman 2023

Leonardoand IDare are pleased to announce the open call for participants in Creative Impact Lab Amman.

Creative Impact Lab Amman 2023 is a seven-week hybrid creative exchange that utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to develop youth leadership in the creative economy.

In this hybrid in-person and virtual exchange, U.S. lead artist, Jessica Jabr, will facilitate a workshop series introducing creative practices in emerging media that give access to new forms of exprquession. Participants will learn rapid prototyping techniques for human-centered interactive media design as they explore the cultural and creative industries in Jordan. They will apply ethical design and technology principles to the practice of storytelling through digital and physical media. The Lab is an amalgamation of collective research, experiential learning, and co-design with a focus on local communities to create impactful pieces of media & interactive art. This collaborative project is open to participants of all skill levels who are excited to learn together and create a technology based art installation.

The lab consists of five activity phases:

  • Artist Talk: a presentation by the U.S. lead artist introducing the participants and the public to their creative practice.
  • Workshops: a workshop series led by the U.S. artist which leverages their specific area of expertise. In parallel, the topic of creative industries is explored by applying frameworks from the arts, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement.
  • Project Development: Participants prototype artworks that apply workshop skills to address creative industries.
  • Panel Review and Virtual Exhibition: the lab culminates in a public panel review wherein Jordanian and U.S. experts provide feedback on participant project prototypes. Projects are revealed to a wider public audience at a virtual exhibition opening.
  • Sustainability Meeting: the U.S. artist and participants discuss how their artworks might develop beyond the Lab.

The first two activity phases (Artist Talk and Workshops) will be conducted with the U.S. lead artist and participants at IDare in Amman. The subsequent three activity phases will be conducted with the U.S. lead artist facilitating participants remotely from the U.S.

Project dates:

  • Artist talk: August 17, 2023
  • Workshops: August 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 2023
  • Project Development: August 26 - September 29, 2023
  • Panel Review and Virtual Exhibition: September 30, 2023
  • Sustainability Meeting: October 7, 2023

We are looking for Jordanian residents (age 18+) with:

  • An interest in technology, new media, and/or digital art; experience in the arts is a plus
  • An interest in exploring creative industries
  • A desire to learn from new perspectives and new tools
  • A willingness to work and create in a collaborative environment
  • An ability to work independently in a self-directed manner
  • Youth (age 18-35), women, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Participation in the Lab is free of charge.

Submissions will be accepted until July 15, 2023. 

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Creative Impact Lab Amman (2023) is a Leonardo  international exchange supported by U.S. Embassy Amman and hosted by IDare for Sustainable Development.