Using professional development as a platform, NYFA is working with partners all around the world to provide educational trainings for artists, curators and arts administrators through intensive workshops, and institutional partnerships.
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NYFA has collaborated with numerous universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, to bring our entrepreneurial training to hundreds of artists, creatives and students. Partners have included American University Museum, Arts League Long Island, Art Students League, Boston University (BU), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), College Art Association (CAA), East End Arts Council, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Oklahoma Arts Council, Performing Arts Administration – NYU Steinhardt, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), School of Visual Arts (SVA), Spain Culture New York, Tufts University, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), and many others. NYFA is currently working with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to provide programs throughout New York State. Learn more about our current and recent Educational Partnerships below.
In 2022, NYFA partnered with The Technology Gap to create a two-part workshop series and award program where artists, performers, writers, and cultural workers learned how to create co-responsible NFTs. The program served over 2,600 artists and awarded $30,000 to NYC artists, culminating in a public art installation in New York City and a virtual exhibition in the metaverse. This program was generously funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Read more here.
CHINA FEDERATION OF LITERARY AND ART CIRCLES (CFLAC)
Since 2013, NYFA has been working with China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC) on multiple large-scale intense training programs in New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Arts professionals from China have been introduced to the U.S. art industry through in-person conversations, site visits and panel discussions.
In 2016, NYFA led an intensive 2-month program for 20 Chinese curators for mutual learning between Chinese curators and prominent New York-based arts funders, galleries, and institutions starting in late October. Curators attended site visits and private panels followed by month-long educational residencies at ten arts organizations, concluding with two weeks of curatorial mentorship to prepare proposals for exhibitions to be shown in China. The program was funded by the China National Arts Fund (CNAF).
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
In partnership with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) State & Local Partnerships program, NYFA is bringing free professional development programs for arts communities in New York State conducted over a three year period. The program is an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity for artists of all disciplines that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.
RISD CAREER CENTER
Since 2012 NYFA has been providing one-day entrepreneurial training to students and alumni at Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD). The program focuses on key principles of sustainability with topics such as law, finance, strategic planning, marketing and networking. In collaboration with RISD’s Career Center the program shifts annually to serve the changing needs of the student population.
“We are thrilled to have NYFA provide the same kind of resources they offer in New York, right here at RISD.”Kevin Jankowski, Career Center Director at RISD
IBM DESIGN/CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
In 2018, NYFA partnered with IBM Design to host Inform: A Symposium on Cultural Entrepreneurship at the IBM Client Center in Manhattan. The symposium explored the critical intersection of arts and business, and featured talks, panels, and interactive sessions led by an esteemed lineup of art, business, academic, and government leaders. The day’s programming was shaped by significant input from the leadership of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). As part of the symposium, NYFA and IBM Design will publish a white paper on the relationship between artists and cultural creatives and business.
THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, MFA ARTS PRACTICE
The School of Visual Arts has been in partnership with NYFA through participation in the Work Sample Review program since 2013.
“It’s rare to be able to get any feedback about one’s application, let alone feedback at this level of depth. It is an invaluable experience for any artist.”Jacquelyn Stryker, Director of Operations, MFA Art Practice, SVA
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, PENNY W. STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, MFA
The Stamps School of Art & Design began a partnership with NYFA in 2015 through the Work Sample Review program. Every year since, their second-year MFA students have come to New York City to have a first-hand experience in a mock panel review.
THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NEW YORK
Since April 2017, NYFA has been organizing Doctor’s Hours sessions specifically to support Art Students League of New York artist members with access to curators, gallerists, and arts administrators to provide career feedback and advice. In 2019, NYFA provided a three-day entrepreneurial training for their senior certificate students.
Image: NYFA Presents “How to Make it as a Fine Artist,” 2018, Photo Kevin Jankowski