Calling All Immigrant Artists!

Apply Now! The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice, gain support and exposure for their work, while upholding their distinct cultural identities.

Photo of artistsThe Oakland Public Library is excited to be a partner in an exciting new program being brought to our city by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice, gain support and exposure for their work, while upholding their distinct cultural identities.

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NYFA has developed a method that has proved successful in helping artists access resources, build networks and develop skills, as well as connect with mentors who assist mentees in a range of areas. Based on the success of the program and continued requests from artists outside New York state, NYFA is expanding the program to the communities in and around Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio.

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 Oakland, CA and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from March 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together Oakland artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.

For more information or to apply, please visit http://current.nyfa.org/post/168549880033/apply-now-nyfa-immigrant-artist-mentoring.

Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST

Eligibility:

  • Live within the Oakland area (within commuting distance of Oakland)*
  • 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)
  • Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program
  • Refugees are also welcome to apply

*Priority will be given to artists living and working in Oakland; however, the program is open to artists in California within commuting distance of Oakland.

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