Blue Star Contemporary

December 21, 2017 12:00 am - January 8, 2018 11:00 pm

The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio’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. The program 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.

This initiative will combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs: the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors and art professionals via panels and workshops, and the Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camps, which 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 San Antonio-based partners, the program will have two-weekend entrepreneurial boot camps, one-on-one mentoring, an informal gathering between weekends, and individual follow-up consultations.

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in San Antonio, TX and provided free of charge to accepted participants. The program will run from February 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together San Antonio artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.


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

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

Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check-in:

March 28, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 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 (Allworth Press, 2011).

Location: San Antonio based partners will host meetings.

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018, 11:59 PM CST

Application Guidelines: 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

To Apply: Applicants can apply via Submittable.** Electronic submissions should be completed by, Monday, January 8, 2018, 11:59 PM CST.

** First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

Notification: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Questions? Contact the Learning team at

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