Immigrant Artist Program
Through the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), the New York Foundation for the Arts is building and serving a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. We connect artists with services and resources to foster their creative careers, gain support and exposure for their work, and integrate into the cultural world of New York and beyond while upholding their distinct identities.
Zaun Lee (2011 Mentee Alum, South Korea),
Open Ended 01, 2009. Graphite and ink drawings
of lego blocks on layers of translucent
acrylic medium with acrylic paints on wood panel,
20 x 40in. Image courtesy of the artist.
Updates & Resources:
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>Check the Announcements page for upcoming events and opportunities
>Explore our online Resources for Immigrant Artists directory
Our approach focuses on five main components:
The free Con Edison IAP Newsletter is sent out via email and posted online every month. The newsletter lists information on upcoming opportunities and events of particular interest to immigrant artists but open to all. We also feature an artist or an arts/immigrant services organization, and helpful tips for professional development. Additionally, there are new sections on helpful tips translated into different languages as well as the Mentoring Alumni Corner to highlight the achievements and activities of past mentees of our Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists.To view the latest issue of the Con Edison IAP Newsletter, please CLICK HERE.
The Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists pairs emerging foreign-born artists with artists who have received a NYFA Fellowship and past participants of the program. The mentors interact with their mentees one-on-one for a period of six months, guiding them in achieving specific goals and providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources and experiences. The program helps immigrant artists build some necessary skills to fairly compete as professional artists in New York.
The Resources for Immigrant Artists directory serves as a starting point, introducing immigrant artists to only a sample of the resources available to them in New York. Read, explore the links and see where they take you!
Past programming includes:
The Cultural Community Events expanded the accessibility of the Immigrant Artist Program by offering instructional workshops, seminars, and panels on themes responsive to the needs of immigrant artists. Some topics included grant writing, legal services and marketing. To present these programs, we partnered with cultural, advocacy, social and immigrant service organizations throughout New York City. This approach cultivated and strengthened a network of advocates and service providers for immigrant artists. NYFA hosts many events, meet ups and workshops, for more information please click here.
From 2011-2012 the Individual Consultation Initiative provided immigrant artists with practical and professional advice from arts professionals with extensive experience in supporting artists in the areas of visual and performing arts. If you are interested in this kind of consulting program, you can pay attention to Distance Consultations, Doctor's Hours for Visual Artists, Doctor's Hours for Filmmakers.
The NYFA Folk Artist Development Program took place in 2012 and provided senior members of immigrant communities with professional skills and resources to carry forward their traditional art forms. The program served traditional artists of the material and/or performing arts. We built the capacity of participants through seminars, workshops, and individual consultations. We also provided them with the opportunity to showcase their traditions in demonstrations and performances for diverse audiences at various sites in the NYC area.
Phone: 212-366-6900 x242
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay St, Suite 740, Brooklyn NY 11201
The Immigrant Artist Program is made possible in part by the generous support of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, New York Community Trust, MetLife Foundation, and Con Edison.