Announcing! 2024 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts Participants

Announcing! 2024 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts Participants
Image: 2024 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts participants, Photo Courtesy of NYFA

Program mentees’ home countries and regions include Argentina, Ecuador, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iran, Mexico, and Syria.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2024 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts, presented in collaboration with New York cultural partners New York Live Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Flushing Town Hall, Haiti Cultural Exchange, International Center of Photography, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, ProjectArt, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, and Staten Island Arts.

The newest cohort of our Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program brings together 20 artists from 15 countries and regions.

With thanks to our partner New York Live Arts and curators Yanira Castro (Fellow in Choreography ‘16) , Martita Abril (IAP Alumna), and Zahra Banyamerian, for the fourth year running, mentees will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in In/Between, on view from March 6 to March 31 at the New York Live Arts’ Ford Foundation Live Gallery. The name In/Between reflects on the multiplicity of immigrant artists’ experiences, identities, practices, and politics, while also speaking to the liminal experience of home/residence/community. 

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 U.S. cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences.

Most importantly, the mentoring program fosters 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 career goals while navigating the shared experiences and challenges of being an immigrant artist.

Meet this year’s participants!

2024 Participants and Disciplines:

Mentee Melika Abikenari, Multidisciplinary (Iran), paired with Mentor Brigitta Varadi, Interdisciplinary (Hungary).

Mentee Andrés Altamirano, Visual (Ecuador), paired with Mentor Rhonda Khalifeh, Multidisciplinary (Syria).

Mentee Min Kyong Baek, Visual (South Korea), paired with Mentor Ivana Brenner, Multidisciplinary (Argentina).

Mentee Lana Bolycheva, Video/Film/New Media (Russia), paired with Mentor Merle Augustin, Video/Film/New Media (Haiti).

Mentee Gabriela Bornstein, Visual (Brazil), paired with Mentor Fay Ku, Visual (Taiwan).

Mentee Doreen Chan, Socially-Engaged Practice (Hong Kong), paired with Mentor Yeseul Song, Video/Film/New Media (South Korea).

Mentee Nelise Charles, Multidisciplinary (Grenada), paired with Mentor Alva Mooses, Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Ruoyun Chen, Video/Film/New Media  (China), paired with Mentor Luz Zamora, Video/Film/New Media (Venezuela).

Mentee Rocio Delaloye, Video/Film/New Media (Argentina), paired with Mentor Gal Nissim, Interdisciplinary (Israel).

Mentee Lafina Eptaminitaki, Multidisciplinary (Greece), paired with Mentor Kakyoung Lee, Multidisciplinary (South Korea).

Mentee Tika Gzirishvili, Visual (Georgia), paired with Mentor Sky Pape, Visual (Canada).

Mentee Lee Jensen, Folk/Traditional Arts (Denmark), paired with Mentor Fanny Allié, Multidisciplinary (France).

Mentee Doi Kim, Visual (South Korea), paired with Mentor Ezra Wube, Multidisciplinary (Ethiopia).

Mentee Jisook Kim, Visual (South Korea), paired with Mentor Simone Couto, Multidisciplinary (Brazil).

Mentee Mari Nagem, Visual (Brazil), paired with Mentor Jennifer Wen Ma, Visual (China).

Mentee Azadeh Nia, Visual (Iran), paired with Mentor Jeremy Olson, Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Eiko Nishida, Socially-Engaged Practice (Japan), paired with Mentor Jemila MacEwan, Interdisciplinary (Scotland and Australia).

Mentee Johan Orellana, Visual (Ecuador), paired with Mentor Andrew Kung, Visual (United States). 

Mentee Hadeel Saalok, Visual (Syria), paired with Mentor Tijay Mohammed, Multidisciplinary (Ghana).

Mentee Vera Saldivar de Lira, Multidisciplinary (Mexico), paired with Mentor Samantha Box, Visual (Jamaica).

Click here for more information on the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. And don’t forget to sign up for the monthly Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter to receive opportunities and events as well as artist features directly to your inbox.

Amy Aronoff
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