Apply Now | NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Detroit

Apply Now | NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Detroit

Application Deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018.

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

The program’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. Conducted in an inclusive, safe-space, the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice, 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 provides artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising.

In collaboration with Detroit-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 Detroit, MI and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from March 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together Detroit 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 Detroit area. (Within commuting distance of Detroit)*
  • Either you and 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 welcome to apply
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program

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

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check-in:
April 10, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 24, 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: Detroit based partners will host meetings.

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

Application Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018, 11:59 PM EST**

**Extended from Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

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 29, 2018, 11:59 PM EST. 

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

Notification: Thursday, February 7, 2018

Questions? Contact the Learning team at [email protected] and include “Detroit” in the subject line, or call (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 Detroit:


Creative Many


Arab American National Museum


Power House Productions


Global Detroit


Allied Media Projects

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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