IAP Mentorship

The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists from all disciplines with artist mentors who provide their mentees with one-on-one support.


NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program is the only known program of its kind in the United States, and has provided over 450 immigrants from 76 countries and regions with mentorship, community, and exposure for their work since it was founded in 2007. The New York program offered sessions in Visual/Multidisciplinary Art, Performing and Literary Arts, and Social Practice. This competitive program is provided free of charge to accepted applicants. In 2017, NYFA received a 2-year grant from Ford Foundation to support the expansion of the program to Detroit, MI; Newark, NJ; Oakland, CA; and San Antonio, TX.

The Program fosters a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings with program alumni. Through access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations, the program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice, gain support and exposure for their work, while upholding their distinct identities. Many of the mentors are immigrant artists themselves, and understand the challenges of sustaining one’s art practice while navigating different cultural perspectives in the art world. Each cycle has proven to be an invaluable experience for mentees and mentors alike, and artists often remain connected well beyond the program.

Please sign up for the free ConEdison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter and NYFA’s general newsletter NYFA News if you are interested in hearing about future programs.

Questions? Contact IAP at [email protected] or call (212) 366-6900, ext. 219.


“The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program went above and beyond my expectations. It is a unique safe environment to develop relationships with other immigrant talented artists who are willing to share their time, life experience, resources and connections. NYFA offered a great deal of support and encouragement which helped with advancing my art practice and professional development.”

Katya Akuma, Visual Artist (IAP ’20)

“The NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program meant a lot to me. It connected me with a group of artists with immigrant experiences and a sense of belonging to an artist community, which is sometimes hard to find in the tough, jungle art world of NYC that can be so hard to navigate. Thank you NYFA IAP team!”

Hedwig Brouckaert, Visual Artist (IAP ’20)

“This is a unique program that directly addresses issues that immigrant artists face – from Visa issues to promoting our work, finding and making our own opportunities, and building a community. NYFA staff were incredibly supportive with their extensive range of experience and were attentive to our needs and goals, adapting and extending the program as we went through the COVID crisis.”

Zorica Colic, Multidisciplinary Artist (IAP ’20)


NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program is made possible by the generous support of Deutsche Bank and Con Edison, with additional support provided by The Hearst Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


Mentee Shirin AnlenMultidisciplinary (Israel), paired with Mentor Eva Davidova
Multidisciplinary (Bulgaria).

Mentee Noga CohenVisual (Israel), paired with Mentor Mrinalini Aggarwal, Visual (India).

Mentee Robin CurtilVisual (France), paired with Mentor Chemin Hsiao, Visual (Taiwan).

Mentee Bahar DemirtaşVisual (Turkey), paired with Mentor Daniela KostovaVisual (Bulgaria).

Mentee Caroline GarciaMultidisciplinary 
(Australia), paired with Mentor Jaclyn Reyes
Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Ivo HuahuaVisual (Ecuador), paired with Mentor Roy Gökay WolVisual (Israel & Turkey).

Mentee Ji Yong KimVisual (South Korea), paired with Mentor Kate BaeVisual (South Korea).

Mentee Sayoko KojimaVisual (Japan), paired with Mentor Armita RaafatVisual (Iran).

Mentee Lillian Xuege LiVisual (China), paired with Mentor Jamerry KimVisual (Germany & South Korea).

Mentee Cheryl MukherjiMultidisciplinary (India), paired with Mentor Audrée Anid
Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Kariny PadillaVisual (Dominican Republic), paired with Mentor Tattfoo TanVisual (Malaysia).

Mentee Ami ParkMultidisciplinary (South Korea), paired with Mentor Cecile ChongMultidisciplinary 

Mentee Mauricio PerezMultidisciplinary 
(Colombia), paired with Mentor Lina Montoya
Visual (Colombia).

Mentee Jiwon RhieMultidisciplinary (South Korea), paired with Mentor Rosemarie Fiore
Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Ciara Stack, Visual (Ireland), paired with Mentor Inna BabaevaVisual (Ukraine).

Mentee Tatiana StolpovskayaVisual (Russia), paired with Mentor Luz ZamoraVisual (Venezuela).

Mentee Sagarika SundaramMultidisciplinary 
(India), paired with Mentor Audrée Anid
Multidisciplinary (United States).

Mentee Ma’moon TebboMultidisciplinary 
(Lebanon), paired with Mentor Sarah Walko
Visual (United States).

Mentee Akiko YamamotoVisual (Japan), paired with Mentor Mary ValverdeVisual (United States).

Mentee Farangiz YusupovaVisual (Uzbekistan), paired with Mentor Fay KuVisual (Taiwan).

Image: Merche Blasco (Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts ’17), Sonic Bloom, Photo: David Rehor