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Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.

2019 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing & Literary Arts

Through the support of The Vilcek Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce our upcoming Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing & Literary Arts. The program runs from August to December 2019. It will be open to performing artists working in music and composition, dance and choreography, performance art, theater arts (acting, producing, directing) and literary artists writing fiction, non-fiction, playwrights, storytellers, and poets. In bringing these two interlinked disciplines together, the program aims to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their artistic practice, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world and beyond through an exchange of ideas, resources and experiences.

Additionally, the Mentoring Program aims to foster 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 creative practice, gain support and exposure for their work, while upholding their distinct identities.

Our Cultural Partners for this program are: Cave Canem, Dance NYC, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Exploring the Metropolis, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Nuyorican Poet Cafe, Poetry Society, and Word Up.

Deadline: Monday, July 29, 2019

Program Dates:
Introduction: Monday, August 26, 6pm-8:30pm
Meet the Mentors: Monday, September 23, 6pm-8:30pm
Alumni Mixer Meeting: Monday, October 7, 6pm-8:30pm
Check In: Monday, November 18, 6pm-8:30pm
Final Celebration: Monday, December 9, 6pm-8:30pm

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

*All meetings will be held at NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201 unless otherwise notified.

● Open to performing artists, including music and composition, dance and choreography, performance art, theater arts (acting, producing, directing) and literary artists (fiction, non-fiction, playwrights, poets, and storytellers). This includes all folk and traditional arts in these disciplines.
● Live within the New York City Metropolitan area (within commuting distance of New York City)
● Were born outside of the United States. (Those born in United States territories i.e. Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, may apply).
● Have been pursuing a career as an artist within the range of 1-10 years in the United States.
● Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program.

* First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

Notification: by Monday, August 12, 2019

Questions? Contact the IAP Team at
This program is made possible with the generous support of The Vilcek Foundation.

NYFA Learning/Professional Development