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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.

Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual and Multidisciplinary Arts 2023

The deadline to apply to this competitive NYC-based program is Friday, October 7, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.

Are you an immigrant artist working in the Visual or Multidisciplinary Arts? Are you within commuting distance of the Tri-State Metropolitan area? If yes, consider joining The New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) growing immigrant artist community and apply to be part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. This competitive program is open to visual artists from all disciplines (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Socially-Engaged Practices, Folk, and Traditional Art) and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program runs from December 2022 to April 2023, and the application deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.*

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (IAP) pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentee, 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.

Initiated in 2019, In/Between is an annual immigrant artist group exhibition created by artists Yanira Castro (Fellow in Choreography ‘16), Martita Abril (IAP Alumni), and Poppy DeltaDawn (IAP Mentor), developed in partnership with New York Live Arts. In connection with the goals of the program, the purpose of In/Between is to support and showcase the work of immigrant artists from the NYFA program via a public presentation, thereby increasing visibility and conversation around their work. The name In/Between reflects on the multiplicity of immigrant artists' experiences, identities, practices, and politics, while also speaking to the liminal experience of home/residence/community. All artists in the program will be invited to exhibit their work in In/Between, which is scheduled to take place in spring of 2023.

NYFA’s Cultural Partners supporting this program are: New York Live Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Bronx Council on the Arts, Flushing Town Hall, Haiti Cultural Exchange, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.


  • 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 or Guam, The U.S. 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 an arts graduate or undergraduate degree program***

*Those born in the U.S. but spent their formative years in a different country may apply

**This program often benefits those who are at more emerging stages in their careers. If you’ve been pursuing a career as an artist in the U.S. for more than 10 years and feel you would benefit from this program,  please reach out to with some information on your immigrant experience.

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

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email or contact 212-366-6900 Ext 253. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible or by Wednesday, September 26, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline. Questions?


For the application we ask you to provide:

  • Your long term goals and why you are interested in applying to this program
  • Any challenges you are facing in your artistic practice, including your immigrant experience, and how you would like to work with a mentor to seek solutions
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

Selection Process:

The selection process has several phases. First, with the support of local cultural partners, NYFA will identify established professional artists from a variety of disciplines—whose backgrounds reflect the applicant pool—to serve as mentors. Once selected, mentors will review mentee applications focusing on the applicants’ artistic vision, resources they are looking for, and career goals. The mentors’ ability to offer the necessary resources and information that the applicant is seeking is taken into consideration. Then NYFA will identify the pool of mentees, with the awareness of the cohort makeup as a whole while aligning advantageous pairings of mentors and mentees.

Program Dates:

  • Introduction: Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Meet the Mentors: Wednesday, January 11, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Alumni Mixer: Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Check-In: Wednesday, March 8, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Final Celebration: Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

In/Between exhibition date:  late February - early May, 2023

The dates listed above are planned for an in-person program, implemented in accordance with local and state health guidelines. Meeting locations may vary, but all are based in NYC. The program will be moved online, if necessary.

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

Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

Notifications: By Saturday, November 19, 2022

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