New York based Arts Foundation Providing an Inclusive safe-space for Immigrant Artists in Detroit

Over the past ten years, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has worked with immigrant artists based in New York City to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience. The four month Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs emerging immigrant artists with experienced mentors, along with providing resources for both and access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations. NYFA launched a Detroit cohort in 2017, and through a grant from the Ford Foundation, NYFA has been able expand its Detroit Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for a second year.

NYFA has found that many immigrant artists seek out support to help develop their talents. When asked why they chose Detroit, Judy Cai of NYFA said, “Many artists move to Detroit because of its affordable living conditions, so Detroit is home to so many immigrant artists! And historically, Detroit is a creative city.” Last year’s artists will also be invited this year to enable participants to build a wider network.

Detroit based director, writer, producer and actor Jasmine Rivera, a mentor in the 2017 Detroit program, advises Detroit participants to “take advantage of the program by both attending the workshops as well as meeting independently with their mentors at events and industry gatherings in their respective disciplines. Because Detroit is smaller than other cities, attending events with mentors gives the mentee the opportunity to become familiar with key figures and resources that they may not be aware of. There are so many art and cultural offerings that are constantly in motion in Detroit; immersion in the community with someone who can act as a guide and advocate is invaluable.”

Global Detroit is proud to work closely with NYFA this year. This competitive program is open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multidisciplinary, video/film, folk and traditional arts) based in Detroit and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from December 2018 to March 2019, and will bring together Detroit artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. There will be two weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekends, and an individual consultation with an arts professional.Other Detroit cultural partners include Creative Many, the Arab American National Museum, Allied Media Projects and Power House Productions.

Learn more about the 2018 participants and disciplines here!

Deadline to apply for the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Detroit is Sunday, October 14 at 11:59 PM EST. Click here to sign up and for more information about the Detroit program!


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