Social | #ArtistHotline Returns to Twitter on May 16

Social | #ArtistHotline Returns to Twitter on May 16

Explore international artist opportunities and hone your resume skills with #ArtistHotline. Tweet next Wednesday to participate!

Expand the horizons of your arts career via #ArtistHotline, a professional development Twitter chat that brings artists of all disciplines, arts professionals, and creative entrepreneurs together on the third Wednesday of each month. The schedule for each #ArtistHotline is designed to cover a range of topics through a generalized Open Chat, while also examining select key themes in-depth through a Guest Chat segment and an Arts Administrator Q&A. Read on to learn what we have planned for this month’s #ArtistHotline.

May 16 #ArtistHotline Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST: #ArtistHotline starts off with an Open Chat. During this segment of the day, ask questions and receive advice from NYFA staff and partnering organizations on a broad range of arts career topics like fundraising, artist websites, and application tips.
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST: During the “International Opportunities & Travel Grants” Guest Chat, we’ll host a virtual panel featuring choreographer Jessica Chen, Artistic and International Programs Associate at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Jessica Lewis, and artist and Res Artis board member Tooraj Khamenehzadeh. Chen, Lewis, and Khamenehzadeh will share advice on applying to and funding artist residencies and festivals outside of the U.S.
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST: It’s graduation season! We’ve invited RISD Career Center’s Scott Malloy to participate in a “Resume Building” Arts Administrator Q&A. This Q&A will be relevant to newly-graduated art students and aspiring arts professionals of any level. Not sure how to create a resume without much work experience? Hoping to transition to a new creative field? This Q&A will help you finetune your application materials.

Join the #ArtistHotline Conversation

Here’s how you can participate in #ArtistHotline throughout the day:

Want to join in but not sure how to get started? Try reading our Tips to Take Best Advantage of the Day. Then, chime in on Twitter on Wednesday, May 16!

“International Opportunities & Travel Grants” Guest Chat Participants


Jessica Chen is a choreographer, teacher, and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and continued her dance training at The Ailey School.  Her work has been supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Taiwan Ministry of Culture, and the Jerome Foundation. Choreography credits include Off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theater, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, TEDx Semester at Sea, and Shanghai World Expo. Her upcoming projects include choreographing Interstate at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) as well as Fiddler on the Roof at Timberlake Playhouse.  Visit J CHEN PROJECT’s website to learn more. 

Find Chen tweeting @JCHENPROJECT.


Jessica Lewis is Artistic and International Programs Associate at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), where she collaborates on the Global Connections program and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships program. She has worked on international theatre gatherings including TCG’s Global Pre-Conference in Tijuana, Mexico and Global Theatre Initiative’s Pre-Conference, “Beyond the Four Walls.” Lewis has experience writing the peer consultation letters which accompany visa petitions and has learned first-hand the process of bringing artists from abroad to the U.S. by collaborating with the Mexican touring group, Teatro Línea de Sombra, to present Amarillo in Portland, OR. Lewis’s own plays and creative works, including What I Learned About Myself SecondhandMan and Coconut, Knock Off, poetrymalaria, and Audubon GO! have been presented at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayLab, IRT Theater (New York), Dixon Place (New York), and Southern Rep Theatre (New Orleans). Visit TCG’s website to learn more about its international programs.

Find Lewis tweeting @TCG.


Tooraj Khamenehzadeh is an artist and curator based in Tehran and New York. He received a B.S. in computer engineering from Qazvin Azad University in Iran and is currently enrolled in the Photo, Video, and Related Media M.F.A program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. His work has been presented in various international festivals, exhibitions, and biennials such as Polyforme Festival, and Chongqing Photo and Video Biennale, and has also been published in African Textile TodayPIX Magazine, and more. Khamenehzadeh has participated in a number of international artists’ workshops and residencies in Sri Lanka, India, Ghana, Pakistan, China, and Germany. He is co-founder and a board member of Rybon Art Center, an independent art institute, and curator and program manager of Kooshk Residency, both in Tehran, as well as a board member of Res Artis. Visit Khamenehzadeh’s website to learn more about his work, and visit Res Artis’ website to learn about this worldwide network of artist residencies.

Find Khamenehzadeh tweeting @res_artis.

“Resume Building” Arts Administrator Q&A


Scott Malloy is Senior Career Advisor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he works to develop and encourage the career goals and aspirations of art and design students, as well as alumni. He believes the creativity, visual acuity, and human-centered problem solving that artists and designers are so skilled at are vital to our collective future. Malloy’s career counseling knowledge includes topics such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, applying to grants and residencies, freelancing, entrepreneurship, networking, career path exploration, and more. Malloy has served as an advisor and interviewer for the Fulbright grant process at RISD and co-leads entrepreneurial programming and initiatives for the RISD Career Center. Learn more about his work at the RISD Career Center here.

Find Malloy tweeting @risdcareers.

Inspired by the NYFA Source Hotline, #ArtistHotline is an initiative dedicated to creating an ongoing online conversation around the professional side of artistic practice. #ArtistHotline occurs on the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter. Our goal is to help artists discover the resources needed, online and off, to develop sustainable careers.

This initiative is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Images: Zaq Landsberg (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘17), Zaqistan Decennial Monument; courtesy Jessica Chen; courtesy Jessica Lewis, photo by Kerry Beyer Headshots; courtesy Tooraj Khamenehzadeh; courtesy Scott Malloy

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