Ends on February 6, 2018

Through the support of the Ford Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland, presented in collaboration with Oakland local partners.

The program’s goal is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide resources through entrepreneurial training, 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 cultural identities.

The program will combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs, the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors, art professionals via panels and workshops, with NYFA’s Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camps that provide artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising.

In collaboration with Oakland-based partners, the program will have two-weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekends, with individual consultations as a follow-up component to the program.

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in Oakland, CA and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from March 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together Oakland artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. 

Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mid-Program Check-In: Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, June 9, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 10, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011).

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

** Oakland based partners will host meetings.


- Live within the Oakland area. (Within commuting distance of Oakland)**

- Either you or your parents were born outside of the United States. (this includes the United States territories i.e. Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands) 

-Refugees are also welcome to apply.

- Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program.


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

**Priority will be given to artists living and working in Oakland; however, the program is open to artists in California within commuting distance of Oakland.

Notification: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Questions? Contact: IAP Team at Learning@nyfa.org
Call 212-366-6900 Ext 219 or Ext 150

Thanks to our cultural partners in Oakland:
World Arts West 
Bisemi Foundation, Inc

This program is made possible with the support of the Ford Foundation.

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