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Doctor’s Hours offers artists an opportunity for one-on-one consultations with a range of industry professionals in their creative field.

Artists can receive practical and professional advice in person from one or more arts professionals. The programming is offered in a variety of artistic disciplines and some multilingual sessions as well. On occasion, NYFA conducts pro-bono legal clinics, in association with the New York State Bar Association.


NYFA Learning conducts these sessions three to four times annually at NYFA's offices in Brooklyn, serving approximately 200 artists each year. Consultants can be available by request for skype and phone consultations for artists not able to commute to Brooklyn, NY.


NYFA's next Doctor's Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Performance Art, Socially-Engaged Practices, and Folk and Traditional Arts) will take place in 2019 on the following dates. 

  • February 24, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • April 27, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • June 29, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Doctor's Hours On Call is an expansion of NYFA's popular Doctor's Hours program, which provides practical and professional advice through one-on-one remote consultations with arts consultants. This program enables you to schedule your appointment at your convenience via Skype, from the comfort of your home, studio, or anywhere with Internet access.

Michelle Levy and Maria Villafranca are available for a one-on-one remote consultation session(s) in October and Sarah Hart Corpron is available for a one-on-one remote consultation session(s) until November 13. Please click here to see their availability and book your appointment with Corpron, Levy, or Villafranca.

Doctor's Hours On Call Consultants:

Sarah Hart Corpron specializes in arts and culture-specific fundraising, grant writing, business planning, and project management. Hart Corpron will be available to offer feedback for artists of all disciplines on grant or funding proposals (including budgets), project proposals, and cover letter and resume review for art administrators.

Michelle Levy is a curator and artist whocan offer feedback to visual or multidisciplinary artists and curators on portfolio presentation, grant proposals, applications for exhibitions and residencies, and curatorial project proprosals. Levy specializes in writing, and can help with artist, project, and curatorial statements.

Maria Villafranca is a nonprofit management consultant with over 15 years of leadership experience at NYC-based arts organizations. She supports artists and creatives to manage career transitions, develop marketing and communications strategies, and implement new revenue-generating models. She offers feedback on fellowship applications, grant proposals, and marketing plans, cover letter and resume review, and coaching on pressing issues, such as asking for a raise or managing a difficult employee.

If you need career advice and feedback more immediately, NYFA Coaching offers ongoing support for your creative practice with NYFA Staff.


For more information, email

Image: Andrea Ray (Fellow in Architecture ’04, Interdisciplinary '12)

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