The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists from all disciplines with artist mentors who provide their mentees with one-on-one support.
New York Foundation for the Art (NYFA)'s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentee, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to urban cultural centers through an exchange of ideas, resources and experiences.
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program is the only known program of its kind in the United States, and has provided close to 200 NYC-based immigrants with mentorship, community, and exposure for their work since it was founded in 2007. The New York program includes sessions in Visual/Multidisciplinary Art, Performing and Literary Arts, and Social Practice.
In 2017, NYFA received a 2-year grant from Ford Foundation to support the expansion of the program to Detroit, MI; Newark, NJ; Oakland, CA; and San Antonio, TX. The program, which is open to Multidisciplinary artists, will connect 144 immigrant artists with mentors and strengthen immigrant artist communities in those four cities, using NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in New York as an impactful model for replication. NYFA will work in partnership with established arts organizations in each partner city to implement the program and tailor it to the needs of each individual community.
The Program aims to foster a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings with program alumni. Through access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations, the program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice, gain support and exposure for their work, while upholding their distinct identities. Each cycle has proven to be an invaluable experience for mentees and mentors alike, and artists often remain connected well beyond the program.
Mentors include past alumni of the program, whose experience through previous participation in the program will inform their interaction and commitment to their mentee. Additionally, many of the mentors are immigrant artists themselves, and understand the challenges of sustaining one’s art practice while navigating different cultural perspectives in the art world.
This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) and provided free of charge to accepted participants.
Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark
Through the support of the Ford Foundation, NYFA is pleased to announce the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark, presented in collaboration with local partners New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER); Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark; Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; and City Without Walls (cWOW). The competitive program, open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk, and traditional arts), will run from December 2017 to April 2018, and will bring together Newark artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. The program's goal is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience through entrepreneurial training, access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations.
Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:59 PM EST
"I am very honored to be part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. It is an amazing program that helps immigrant artist, both Mentee and Mentor, to gain perspective, exchange experiences and come up with strategies to further their artistic careers in the United States. More importantly, the program has created a vibrant International Artist community in New York that is really unique. The participants feel supported by each other and the collaborations that came out of the program are amazing. I hope to be back soon!" Eduardo Guedes, Musician, author and educator
"I am proud to be associated with this unique and forward-thinking program of NYFA's in my role as an immigrant writer in fostering American literature with global perspectives and insights. Kudos to IAP program and its dedicated staff, many of them immigrant artists themselves!" Vivian Yang, Author
"As always, I am humbled by the depth and quality of services provided by NYFA to immigrant artists. This program is incredibly meaningful for participants in terms of community building and establishing systems for collaboration and support." Liesl Pfeffer, Visual artist