Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists

Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists

Program offered free of charge to selected participants; deadline to apply is Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Are you an immigrant artist working in the Visual or Multidisciplinary Arts? Are you within commuting distance of the Tri-State Metropolitan area? If yes, consider joining The New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) growing immigrant artist community and apply to be part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. This competitive program is made possible with the support of Deutsche Bank and is open to visual artists from all disciplines (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Socially-Engaged Practices, Folk, and Traditional Art) and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program runs from December 2018 to March 2019, and the application deadline is Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.*

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists 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 the New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences.

The mentoring program aims to foster a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings that include alumni from 2007 to the present. Through access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations, the program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice and gain support and exposure for their work while upholding their distinctive identities.

*Deadline extended from Thursday, November 1.


The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program connected me with many artists whose lives and practices I could relate to. My mentor was a performance artist whose work I had followed for several years, so it was a really wonderful way to develop a professional relationship with her. As an immigrant artist in New York City, it took me a long time to access an art community, and this program creates that for artists. – Jemila MacEwan (IAP: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts ‘17)

I’m proud to have been a part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and feel honored to be associated with such a great organization as NYFA. The program helped me to understand the New York art scene much more quickly than I ever would have on my own. I also tremendously value the new friendships and connections that I have made during the program that have now become a part of my life here. The opportunities that have opened up for me because of the program and the artistic collaborations that developed during its duration only testify to the quality and the importance of the IAP program. – Alice Gaskon (IAP: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts ’17)



  • Live within the New York City Tri-State Metropolitan area and within commuting distance of New York City
  • 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
  • Have been pursuing a career as an artist within the range of 1-10 years in the United States
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program**

Program Dates:

Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Meet the Mentors:
Tuesday, January 8, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM  

Alumni Mixer:
Monday, February 4, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Final Celebration:
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

All meetings will be held at The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201, unless otherwise notified. 

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying.

To Apply: Click here to review the application guidelines and to apply via Submittable. First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

Deadline: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Notifications: By Friday, November 16, 2018

Questions? Contact the IAP Team at [email protected].

This program is made possible with the support of Deutsche Bank.

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.

Images: Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary 2017, Photo Credit: NYFA

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