An arts incubator is similar in many ways to a business incubator that helps new businesses get off the ground and established, typically by providing space at a lower rent with a range of support services. For an arts incubator, services might include providing studio and work space for artists and assistance with marketing, ways to distribute their products and build their audiences, and opportunities for networking.
ArtServe is an arts incubator in Broward County. It was incorporated in 1989 as one of six original arts incubators in the U.S. Today it offers a range of services that help artists turn art into a business. That involves offering affordable rentals that include a copy center, internet connection, conference space, and post office box. ArtServe also hosts major exhibits, administers Broward County’s Cooperative Advertising Program, provides technical assistance, and manages ArtsCalendar.com. Its annual Red Eye Event features inventive lowbrow, radical art. A new program, Play Your Stuff, will provide a venue for local musicians to play for an audience.