The program’s goal is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide resources through entrepreneurial training and access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations. Conducted in an inclusive, safe space, this initiative 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 meetings combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs: the
Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program
, in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors and arts professionals via panels and workshops, and the
Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp
, which provides artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s newly-revised popular textbook,
The Profitable Artist
(Allworth Press, 2018).
The program will offer two weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekend sessions, and an individual consultation with an arts professional.
This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (Performing, Literary, Visual, Multidisciplinary, Video/Film, Folk and Traditional Arts) based in Newark, NJ and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from February 2019 to May 2019, and will bring together Newark artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.
- Live within the Newark area. (Within commuting distance of Newark)*
- Either you or your parents were born outside of the United States or in United States territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Refugees are welcome to apply
- Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program**
*Priority will be given to artists living and working in Newark; however the program is open to artists in New Jersey within commuting distance of Newark.
** Students who will graduate before the program starts are welcome to apply.
First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, February 2, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
March 19, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Attendance is mandatory to all sessions
, so please check your calendar before applying. Newark based partners will host meetings.
For the application we ask you to provide:
- Your long-term 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
Applicants can apply via
; first time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal. Electronic submissions should be completed by
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Contact the Learning team at
and include “Newark” in the subject line.