Ends on December 2, 2018

Through the support of the Ford Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the second-year 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. 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 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 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, multidisciplinary, vidoe/fim, folk and traditional arts) based in Oakland, CA and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from January 2019 to April 2019, and will bring together Oakland artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. 

Deadline: Sunday, December 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST

Mandatory Sessions*:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, January 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check in: Thursday, March 14, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 28, 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.

* Oakland based partners will host meetings.


  • Live within the Oakland area. (Within commuting distance of Oakland)**
  • 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 Oakland; however the program is open to artists in Bay Area within commuting distance of Oakland.

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

Notification: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

Thank you to our cultural partners in Oakland: 

World Arts West

Oakland Asian Culture Center

Oakland Public Library 

Aggregate Space Gallery 

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