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Immigrant Artist Program (IAP)

Through the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), the New York Foundation for the Arts is building and serving a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration.

We connect artists with services and resources to foster their creative careers, gain support and exposure for their work, and integrate into the cultural world of New York and beyond while upholding their distinct identities.


IAP consists of three components:

  • The Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists pairs emerging foreign-born artists with artists who have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and/or past participants of the program. The mentors interact with their mentees one-on-one for a period of three months, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources and experiences. The program helps immigrant artists build some of the necessary skills to fairly compete as professional artists in New York.
  • The free Con Edison IAP Newsletter is sent out via email, with cover features posted online every month (browse the archive). The newsletter lists upcoming opportunities and events — of particular interest to immigrant artists but open to all — as well as profiles of an artist or arts/immigrant services organization. Additionally, the newsletter features professional development tips translated into different languages, and a Mentoring  Alumni Corner to highlight the achievements and activities of past mentees.
  • The IAP Resource Directory serves as a starting point, introducing immigrant artists to some of the resources available to them in New York. Artists: read, explore the links and see where they take you! 


The Immigrant Artist Program is made possible in part by the generous support of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and Con Edison. 


Email: i.outreach@nyfa.org.


Image: Participants In NYFA's Profitable Artist Boot Camp discuss their goals in Dublin, Ireland. Presented in collaboration with Center for Creative Practices. (October 2013)