The Mobile Incubator is on a campaign across the US - region by region - to help artists, designers, writers, producers, directors, and other cultural entrepreneurs. Installing as public art, the Mobile Incubator gathers questions through open office hours and a hotline, and then dispatches advice through video, podcasts, workshops, livestreams, field reports and exhibitions.
Traveling from Miami to Seattle, through New England and the midwest, this year will be the Mobile Incubator’s most ambitious journey yet. The 10,000 mile tour across 27 states will feature dramatic landscapes, corresponding to powerful personal stories of unique members of the U.S. The agenda includes 50+ pre-set installations, studio visits and interviews at institutions, placemaking endeavors, festivals, and coworking spaces spread throughout rural, suburban and urban settings. As the Incubator traverses the country, its audience will discover a diverse group of artist & entrepreneurs and the unique ways they have bootstrapped their passions into profits. Millions of moonlighters have attempted side hustles in arts, culture, and design, only to stumble and give up. This journey is for anyone who desires to be an artist, to start their own business, or be inspired by a road trip of unique ambitious endeavors.
What is the Mobile Incubator?
'57 sHASTA cAMPER
'73 Ford Econoline Canadian ambulance
The Mobile Incubator is a showcase of American creative enterprise. The structure is a completely overhauled 1957 Shasta camper, an American icon of industrial design by Robert Gray. Shasta sold the largest volume of all trailers in the ‘canned ham’ era of campers - 1940s through the 1970s - and the lightning stripe on its side has been replicated by numerous SOBs (Some Other Brand).
The interior of the Mobile Incubator showcases contemporary design products such as a mosaic table designed by artist Kate Jessop, laser cut signage by Tieton Mosaic and sconces by GrayPants Inc. The upholstery is from Pendleton Woolen Mills and artist Michèle Fandel Bonner. The walls of the Mobile Incubator are a 1,000+ piece wooden mosaic. The incubator was constructed at Mighty Tieton, an artisan business incubator in Central Washington State.
+ 1957 Shasta camper, 15’8” long, 6’6” wide, 7’10” tall, 2,300 pounds
+ Towed by a 1973 Ford Econoline Canadian ambulance, 3,000 pounds
+ 200 watt solar system with 250 amp hours, 12 and 110 volt system
+ Propane stove and fridge (with electric back up)
+ Satellite powered internet
+ Conference & podcasting equipment