Ends on January 29, 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: Detroit, presented in collaboration with Detroit 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. Conducted in an inclusive, safe-space, 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 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 Detroit-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 Detroit, MI and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from March 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together Detroit artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. 

Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018 11:59 PM EST

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Mid-program Check-in: April 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 24, 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.

** Detroit based partners will host meetings.


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

- Either you and 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 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 Detroit; however, the program is open to artists in Michigan within commuting distance of Detroit.

Notification: Thursday, February 7, 2018

Questions? Contact: IAP Team at Learning@nyfa.org and include “Detroit” in the subject line.

Thanks to our cultural partners in Detroit:
Creative Many
Arab American National Museum
Power House Productions
Global Detroit
Allied Media Projects

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

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