Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark

Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark

Deadline to apply is Monday, December 10, 11:59 PM EST.

Through the support of the Ford Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the second-year of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark, presented in collaboration with Newark local partners.

The program’s goal is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide resources through entrepreneurial training and access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations. Conducted in an inclusive, safe space, this initiative offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice and gain support and exposure for their work while upholding their distinct cultural identities.

The meetings combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs: the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors and arts professionals via panels and workshops, and the Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp, which provides artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s newly-revised popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018).

In collaboration with Newark-based partners, the program will offer two weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekend sessions, and an individual consultation with an arts professional.

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (Performing, Literary, Visual, Multidisciplinary, Video/Film, Folk and Traditional Arts) based in Newark, NJ and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from February 2019 to May 2019, and will bring together Newark artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.


Being selected to participate in the NYFA IAP Newark Program allowed me to see the artworld with a new perspective and to better understand it. It offered me essential tools to enhance communication in the world outside my studio territory, with active, straightforward advice, a team of professionals, and a supportive, empowering community. The NYFA program was a great experience that transformed the way I deliver my artistic vision to my viewers and share my artwork with the public eye.  – Nava Gidanian-Kagan (IAP Newark Mentee ‘18)


  • Live within the Newark area. (Within commuting distance of Newark)*
  • Either you or your parents were born outside of the United States or in United States territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Refugees are welcome to apply
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program**

*Priority will be given to artists living and working in Newark; however the program is open to artists in New Jersey within commuting distance of Newark.

** Students who will graduate before the program starts are welcome to apply.

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop: 
Saturday, February 2, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check-in:
March 19, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying. Newark based partners will host meetings.

Application Guidelines:

For the application we ask you to provide:

  • Your long-term goals and why you are interested in applying to this program
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

To Apply:

Applicants can apply via Submittable; first time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal. Electronic submissions should be completed by Monday, December 10,  2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Notification: Thursday, December 20, 2018

Questions? Contact the Learning team at [email protected] and include “Newark” in the subject line.

Thank you to our cultural partners in Newark:


Newark Arts


New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Project for Empty Space


Paul Robeson Galleries


Index Art Center

This program is made possible with the support of the Ford Foundation.

Learn more about the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, and don’t forget to sign up for the monthly Con Edison IAP Newsletter to receive opportunities and events as well as artist features directly to your inbox.

Image: Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, March 2018; Photo Credit: NYFA

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