Apply Now | NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio

Apply Now | NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio

Through the support of the Ford Foundation, NYFA is pleased to announce the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio, presented in collaboration with San Antonio local partners.

Para leer la información del program y aplicar en español, haga click aquí.

The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio’s goal is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide resources through entrepreneurial training, 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 distinct cultural identities.

This initiative will combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs: the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors and art professionals via panels and workshops, and the Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camps, which provide artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising.

In collaboration with San Antonio-based partners, the program will have two-weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekends, and individual follow-up consultations.

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in San Antonio, TX and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from February 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together San Antonio artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.


This workshop series gave me, the artist, the best frame of reference and the footing to let go of discounting my value. It also gave me a safe place to ask to artist/entrepreneur questions that were nagging at me, questions that no one else in the world would understand.- Eartha Watts Hicks, (Boot Camp ‘17)


  • Live within the San Antonio area, within commuting distance of San Antonio*
  • Either you or your parents were born outside of the United States. (this includes the United States territories i.e. Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands)
  • Refugees are also welcome to apply
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program

*Priority will be given to artists living and working in San Antonio; however the program is open to artists in Texas within commuting distance of San Antonio.

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check-in:
March 28, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011).

Location: San Antonio based partners will host meetings.

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

Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:59 PM CST**

**Extended from Monday, January 8, 2018, 11:59 PM CST

Application Guidelines: For the application, we ask you to provide

  • Your long terms 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.*** Electronic submissions should be completed by, Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:59 PM CST.

The application is also available in Spanish.

Información sobre el programa, Tutoría para Artistas Inmigrantes: San Antonio, y aplicación en español aquí. Importante: El programa será en ingles, el apoyo uno a uno de un tutor artísticos podrá ser brindado en español. Unicamente tutores que hablen español y bilingües revisarán esta aplicación.“

*** First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

Notification: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Questions? Contact the Learning team at [email protected] or at (212) 366-6900, x219 or x150.

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

Thank you to our cultural partners in San Antonio:




Blue Star Contemporary




City of San Antonio – Department of Arts and Culture


National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

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: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts, October 2017, Photo Credit: Amy Aronoff for NYFA

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