Tectonics: A NYFA-curated exhibition, opening Aug. 1

An exhibition of work by winners of 2013 Artists’ Fellowships in Choreography and Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design

Opening Reception: Friday, Aug.1, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Performance: Perception’s Tyranny, by Dana Bell, at 7:30 PM 
(featuring Meg Clixby and Helen Schreiner, with music composed by Richard Hoffman)


Exhibition Dates: Aug.1–Aug. 18, 2014

Location: Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St., New York, NY 10014
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Participating Artists: Dana Bell, Marsha Ginsberg, Asuka Goto, Joyce Hwang, Alois Kronschlaeger, Noemie Lafrance, Sharon Loudon, Chris Morris, Cori Olinghouse, Annie-B Parson, Rebeca Tomas, Arturo Vidich, Gwen Welliver

Photoset: Still from Sharon Louden’s Carrier, 2013. Video. Credit: Sharon Louden (AFP ‘13 Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design). Still from Cori Olinghouse’s Ghost Line. Video. Credit: Cori Olinghouse (AFP ‘13 Choreography) Still from Dana Bell’s Perception’s Tyranny. Video/Performance. Credit: Dana Bell (AFP ‘13, Choreography). Still from Noemie Lafrance’s Melt. Video. Credit: Noemie Lafrance (AFP ‘13 Choreography). Joyce Hwang’s Bat Cloud. Stainless Steel Mesh, Plastic, Felt. 32” x 24” x 24”. Credit: Joyce Hwang (AFP ’ 13 Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design).

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 59


Featured Interview: Christopher Mulé, Folk Art Director, Brooklyn Arts Council

Christopher Mulé earned a master’s degree in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to formally joining Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), he served as the Deputy Director and Director of Folklife at Staten Island Arts (formerly COAHSI). In addition to his work at BAC, Mr. Mulé serves on the Board of Directors for the Ghanaian Association of Staten Island; a Liberian service organization called Napela; and as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the New York Folklore Society (NYFS).

We took the opportunity to find out more about his background, inspirations, and his recent appointment as Folk Arts Director at BAC.

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NYFA Congratulates the AFP and BUILD Recipients Among This Year's Bessie Award Nominees

The New York Dance and Performance — aka “Bessie” — Awards are awarded annually, and recognize innovators in the field of dance and related performance.

This year, the nominees include several artists who have received support from New York Foundation for the Arts, in the form of NYFA’s Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) Grants, as well as our Artists’ Fellowships Program (AFP). NYFA extends special congratulations to these artists for their nominations! 

Meet a NYFA Artist: Stephen Petronio


NYFA talks to Stephen Petronio (AFP ‘85 and ‘04 Choreography)

The choreographer, dancer, and artistic director discusses the recent publication of his memoir, Confessions of a Motion Addict; his dance company turning thirty; and what he is planning next.

NYFA: Congratulations on the publication of your memoir, Confessions of a Motion Addict. What motivated you to write a book? Did your decision surprise your family and friends?

SP: My family can no longer be surprised by anything I do. I began writing the book because I was having many sleepless nights during the making of a dance called Ghostown. So I decided to start writing some early memories as a way to prod the dance, and to fill those middle-of-the-night hours. And the book developed from there.

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Valuing Brick and Mortar: Alternative Ways to Gain Access to Artist Spaces


Awards, space rentals, residencies, and more

Being a successful artist is often about finding ways to rethink obstacles — and ultimately triumph over some of the day-to-day challenges that can complicate your ability to fully express your creative practice.

This article provides insight into addressing a common issue for artists: acquiring a workspace.

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Survey: Help NYSCA Understand Public Participation in the Arts


Online survey aims to parse New Yorkers’ cultural engagement

The New York State Council on the Arts — a major sponsor of NYFA and its initiatives — has released a survey to capture information about the contemporary cultural landscape in New York State.

More, from The New York Times’ ArtsBeat:

Did you attend “Così Fan Tutte” at the Metropolitan Opera or an elementary-school performance of  “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? Browse a museum store or watch a movie? The New York State Council on the Arts wants to know.

This week the agency began an anonymous online survey about people’s participation in the arts to help shape its priorities for the next three years, Lisa Robb, the council’s executive director, explained. 

“We need the public’s help,” Ms. Robb said. “We’re doing our planning for 2015 to 2018 and we have not surveyed the public in over five years.” The survey asks about watching a movie and visiting a “creative retail shop,” clicking a thumbs-up to like a cultural activity online, or stopping to listen to a busker in the subway, but not about television or radio.

Photo: “Così Fan Tutte” at the Metropolitan Opera in September. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times.

Installation views of Off the Block, an exhibition at Southampton Arts Center featuring winners of NYFA Artists’ Fellowships (AFP)Claire Watson (AFP ‘07 Sculpture), Hiroyuki Hamada (AFP ‘09 Sculpture), and Andreas Rentsch (AFP ‘98 and ‘08 Photography). The exhibition is curated by David Terry, Director of Programs and Curator.

Off the Block runs from June 26–July 20, 2014. For more information, visit the Center’s website

Photos: Hiroyuki Hamada

Spotlight: PS109, A Live/Work Artspace Project in East Harlem



Artspace is a leading non-profit organization providing affordable art spaces to communities throughout the United States. Recently, the organization completed its first facility in New York City—Artspace PS109. PS109, a former abandoned public school building in East Harlem, offers 90 units of affordable live/work space to artists and their families; also available on the ground floor and lower level are 3,000 square feet for a resident gallery, and 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations.

Qian Xu speaks to Shawn McLearen, VP of Property Development, about what PS109 brings to New York City artists and the East Harlem community where it is located.

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Consultant Bios: Doctor’s Hours for Fundraising, July 24

Register here for Doctor’s Hours after 11:00 AM EST on July 3.

These bios provide an opportunity for you to research which consultants would be appropriate for the advice and feedback you are seeking.

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Announcing: Doctor’s Hours for Fundraising


Presenting an all-new Doctor’s Hours on July 24

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the first multidisciplinary Doctors’ Hours for Fundraising, a program developed in response to a need, expressed by artists working in all artistic disciplines, for advice regarding crowdfunding, grant writing, donor cultivation, and other aspects of fundraising.

If you are seeking feedback on your grant application, crowdfunding strategy, approaches to individual donors and/or foundations, or simply have general questions about fundraising, come to NYFA’s Doctors’ Hours for Fundraising and get the conversation started!

This event offers 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with fundraising experts affiliated with organizations including Queens Council on the Arts, Soho Rep., Lark Play Development Center, Printed Matter, and RocketHub.

Please note: Doctors are asked to give feedback and suggestions to artists regarding how to fundraise most effectively for their project(s), not the quality of the project.

WHEN: July 24, 2014, from 6:00 PM–9:00 PM

WHERE: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Directions are available on our website.

COST: $25 per appointment; there is a three-appointment limit per registrant.


Note: If registering for the first time, you will need to make a login account for your first registration.

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Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 58



This month, IAP highlights New York City-based pianist and NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur alumnus Eunbi Kim, who produces modern interdisciplinary concert experiences. Kim thrives in collaborating with other art forms to present classical and contemporary music in unique settings. We took the opportunity to learn more about her background, interest in music entrepreneurship and her recent project, “Murakami Music,” a series of multi-disciplinary presentations based on the writings of novelist Haruki Murakami.

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Announcing: Participants in the 2014 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists


Congratulations to our 2014 Mentors and Mentees

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2014 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. Now in its eighth year, the program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentees, guiding them to achieve specific goals. Each mentor will provide his or her mentee with broader access to the New York cultural landscape, while group meetings offer an opportunity to connect with other immigrant artists. The program runs from from July–September 2014.

2014 Participants and Disciplines

Mentee Ekaterina Aksenova, Visual (Russia), paired with Mentor Jesse Bercowetz, Visual (United States).

Mentee Kevin Oliver Arota, Literary (Philippines), paired with Mentor Zelene Pineda Suchilt, Literary (Mexico).

Mentee Julio Jose Austria, Visual (Philippines), paired with Mentor Sophia Chizuco, Visual (Japan).

Mentee Raul Ayala, Visual (Ecuador), paired with Mentor Carlos Martinez, Visual (Colombia).

Mentee Karine Baptiste, Visual (France), paired with Mentor Helen Dennis, Visual (United Kingdom).

Mentee Cândida Borges, Performing (Brazil), paired with Mentor Volker Goetze, Performing (Germany)

Mentee Ximena Borges, Performing (Venezuela), paired with Mentor Ray Leslee, Performing (United States).

Mentee Natalia Cavalcante, Visual (Brazil), paired with Mentor Gabriela CalyMayor, Visual (Mexico).

Mentee Liuyu Chen, Literary (China), paired with Mentor Carlos César Valle, Literary (Peru).

Mentee Yan Gi Cheng, Visual (United Kingdom), paired with Mentor Claudia Sohrens, Visual (Germany).

Mentee Negar Fadaei Dehkordi, Visual (Iran), paired with Mentor Sepideh Salehi, Visual (Iran).

Mentee Linnea Gad, Visual (Sweden), paired with Mentor Eva Nikolova, Visual (Bulgarian).

Mentee Marwa Helal, Literary (Egypt), paired with Mentor Ricardo Maldonado, Literary (Puerto Rico (United States).

Mentee Melanie Jones, Performing (Canada), paired with Mentor Jonathan Cerullo, Performing (United States).

Mentee Shuang Li, Literary (China), paired with Mentor Vivian Yang, Literary (China).

Mentee Mersiha Mesihovic, Performing (Bosnia & Herzegovina/Sweden), paired with Mentor He Jin Jang, Performing (United States).

Mentee Ido Michaeli, Visual (Israel), paired with Mentor Liene Bosquê, Visual (Brazil).

Mentee Suyeon Na, Visual (Korea), paired with Mentor Golnar Adili, Visual (United States).

Mentee Amela Parcic, Visual (Serbia/Germany), paired with Mentor Haisi Hu, Visual (China).

Mentee Runn Shayo, Visual (Israel), paired with Mentor Denise Iris, performing (Romania).

Mentee Yi Xin Tong, Visual (China/Canada), paired with Mentor Jia-Jen Lin, Visual (Taiwan).

Mentee Denise Treizman, Visual (Chile), paired with Mentor Rosemarie Fiore, Visual (United States).

Mentee Tuo Wang, Visual (China), paired with Mentor Katya Grokhovsky, Visual (Ukraine/Australia/United States).

Mentee Shihori Yamamoto, Visual (Japan), paired with Mentor Analia Segal, Visual (Argentina).

Click here for more information about the Immigrant Artist Program and other resources it offers, including our online directory and free monthly newsletter.

The NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists is made possible by the generous support of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Photo: Participants introduce themselves during the November 2013 Artepreneur Boot Camp, presented in collaboration with Spain Culture New York and Spain Red. Credit: NYFA.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Michelle Lopez


Process, iconography, and geography

NYFA talks to Michelle Lopez (Artspire, Sponsored Project; AFP ‘11 Sculpture) about her current exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, building a forty-foot sculpture, and the iconographies of airplanes, flags, and female hair.

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Spotlight: VSA Emerging Young Artists Program


Announcing the 2014 Call for Entries

The Kennedy Center’s VSA, the leading international organization focused on arts and disability, is accepting applications for their annual juried competition and national touring exhibition. Open to artists with disabilities between 16–25 years old, the program awards placement in all-expenses-paid professional-development workshops and up to $20,000 in prizes. The theme of this year’s competition is The Journey, and the application deadline is June 30.

NYFA speaks to Rachael E. Nease, Coordinator of Visual Arts at VSA, about the application process, how artists are selected, and the benefits of the program.

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Consultant Bios: Doctor’s Hours for Filmmakers, June 26

Register here for Doctor’s Hours after 11:00 AM EST on June 12.

These bios provide an opportunity for you to research which consultants would be appropriate for the advice and feedback you are seeking.

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