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

The program’s goal, within an inclusive safe space, 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 and gain support and exposure for their work while upholding their distinct cultural identities.

The program combines 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 San Antonio-based partners, the program will have two weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekends, and individual consultations.

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, video/film, folk and traditional arts) based in San Antonio, TX and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from January 2019 to April 2019, and will bring together San Antonio artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. 

Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018 11:59 PM CST

Mandatory Sessions*:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, January 12, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, January 13, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check in: Thursday, February 28, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 14, 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, Second Edition (Allworth Press, 2018).

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

* San Antonio based partners will host meetings.


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

- 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


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 San Antonio; however the program is open to artists in Texas within commuting distance of San Antonio.

Notification: Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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

Thanks to our cultural partners in San Antonio:


National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

Blue Star Contemporary

San Antonio Museum of Art

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