The New York Foundation for the Arts has announced that it was awarded a two-year grant from the Ford Foundation in support of the expansion of its Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. The initiative will now connect 144 immigrant artists with mentors and strengthen immigrant artist communities in the cities of Detroit, Newark, Oakland, and San Antonio.
“At a time of crisis and uncertainty for immigrant families and children, artists can be powerful leaders for social change,” said Margaret Morton, one of the foundation’s program officers. “The Ford Foundation is proud to support the expansion of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program to embrace artists and amplify their voices.”
Established nearly ten years ago by NYFA executive director Michael L. Royce, the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program has provided close to two hundred New York City–based immigrants with mentorship, community, and exposure for their work. The New York program has been funded by the Deutsche Bank since 2007.
Newark’s program is accepting applications from now until October 30, with a program start date of December 9. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will be the lead partner organization and will provide guidance on the Newark arts landscape as well as access to mentors and artist opportunities, among other resources. NYFA is currently in conversation with potential partners in the other three cities and will announce further details at a later date.