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Immigrant Artist Program (IAP)

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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 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program 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 urban cultural centers through an exchange of ideas, resources and experiences.
  • The free Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) Newsletter Sponsored by Con Edison 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.
  • 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 by the generous support of Deutsche Bank, Ford Foundation, Rubin Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, and Con Edison.  


Email: [email protected].

Image: Matthew Cusick (Fellow in Painting ’06)

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