NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists 2020

New York Foundation for the Arts

20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Dec 16, 2019


Nov 06, 2019

Are you an immigrant artist working in the visual or multidisciplinary arts? Are you within commuting distance to the Tri-State Metropolitan area? If yes, consider joining The New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) growing immigrant artist community by applying to be part of our Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program.

This competitive program is made possible with the support of Deutsche Bank, and is open to visual artists from all disciplines (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, film, photography, new media, multidisciplinary, socially-engaged practices, and folk and traditional art) and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program runs from January 2020 to May 2020, and the application deadline is Monday, December 16, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST).

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentees, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to the New York 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.

NYFA’s Cultural Partners supporting this program are: BRIC, Eyebeam, New York Live Arts, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Wave Hill, and UrbanGlass.

Program Dates:

Introduction: Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Meet the Mentors: Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Alumni Mixer: Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Check-In: Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Final Celebration: Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

All meetings will be held at The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201, unless otherwise notified.

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


  • Visual and multidisciplinary artists working in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, film, photography, new media, multidisciplinary, socially-engaged practices, and folk and traditional art
  • Live within the New York City Metropolitan area and within commuting distance of New York City
  • Were born outside of the United States or in United States territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Have been pursuing a career as an artist within the range of 1-10 years in the United States*
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in an arts graduate or undergraduate degree program** *This program often benefits those who are at more emerging stages in their careers.

**Students who will graduate before the program starts are welcome to apply.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Click here to review the application guidelines and to apply via Submittable. First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.





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