New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive.

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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.

2020 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts

Through the support of The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce our upcoming Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts. The program runs from January to May 2019. This is a competitive program open to visual artists from all disciplines (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, film, photography, video/film, new media, multi-disciplinary, folk, and traditional art) and provided free of charge to accepted participants. 

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:  BRIC, Eyebeam, New York Live Arts, UrbanGlass and WaveHill.

Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019, 11:59 PM EST

Program Meetings: 

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 NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201 unless otherwise notified.  

Attendance is mandatory to 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, Folk, and Traditional Art. 
  • 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.**

*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.

For the application we ask you to provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

Notification: By Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Questions regarding eligibility? Contact the Learning Team at  


"This is an essential program to connect and support immigrant artists. It is challenging enough to be an artist in New York let alone an immigrant. The community and extended support that this program has brought to me and has given me tools I didn't know existed. It feels like the beginning of a longer creative and mutually supportive relationships in the wild world of art in New York. Thank you NYFA for creating this invaluable space for us." Floor Grootenhuis, (IAP: Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists ’18) 

"Thank you so much for this experience. The program had a lot to offer other than mentorship. Meeting peers and organizing talk event together opened up some honest issues about NY art scene which were openly shared among artists and this became collective knowledge. 

I am glad to get to know more about artists who have been in New York for a long time. It definitely opened a new door for me and I feel New York is artistically my base city now thanks to this home community. I am also glad that we are closely in touch after the program - many thanks to all of you!" Hanae Utamura, (IAP: Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists ’18) 

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