PlatteForum Announces Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program:Denver, in Partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts

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Immigrant artists of all disciplines may apply to the Open Call starting December 9, 2020; the program will culminate with an exhibition in Summer 2021

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sarah Slater, Outreach and Engagement Manager, sgslater@platteforum.org

DENVER (Nov 19, 2020) – PlatteForum’s art and social justice driven programming continues to expand with  the announcement of their new partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the launch of  Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Denver. Since 2017, NYFA, a national arts organization with a myriad of  online resources for artists, has worked in partnership with established arts organizations in partner cities to  implement its Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and tailor it to the needs of each individual community.

The new program will run from February 2021 to Summer 2021 and will bring together Denver area artists to  nurture a productive environment for collaboration, culminating with an art exhibition open to the public.

Immigrant artists of all disciplines may apply to the Open Call which will be posted on the PlatteForum website  on December 9, 2020. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2021.

Eligibility for the immigrant artist mentees requires that applicants live within the seven-county, Denver metro  area and that either the artist or their parents were born outside of the United States. Refugees are welcome  to apply. Students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program may not apply unless they will be  graduated before the program starts.

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program is the only known program of its kind in the United States and has  provided 490 artists from 79 countries and regions with one-on-one mentoring, group learning, and  networking events nationwide. The expanded program in Denver will be facilitated by Eriko Tsogo, a  Mongolian American cross-disciplinary artist based in Colorado. The program will also provide opportunities  for established, professional artists to act as mentors and more details on mentor roles will be available soon.

“PlatteForum is honored to be partnering with NYFA on their nationally recognized Immigrant Artist  Mentoring Program. It is integral to PlatteForum’s mission that all artists should have access to resources that  support their professional success. We believe this program will be a valuable tool for artists who are new to  Colorado and the United States to share their experience and work with a larger audience.” says Kim Estes McCarty, PlatteForum Executive Director.

The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program’s goal, held within a supportive environment that encourages all  voices be heard, is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide  resources through two weekends of intensive 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 is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in the Denver metro area and provided free of charge to accepted  participants.

“We started NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in New York in 2007 and expanded the program  nationally to Detroit, Newark, Oakland, and San Antonio in 2017,” said Michael L. Royce, NYFA Executive  Director. “We’re thrilled that this model has proven to be impactful outside of New York and are excited to  partner with PlatteForum to bring it to Denver. We look forward to the months ahead where we can help to  serve Denver’s immigrant artist community and build upon the vibrancy of the city’s art scene,” he added.

The goal of Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Denver is to create the opportunity for in-person time,  dependent on local and state health guidelines at the time of the program. The application and guidelines will  be posted on PlatteForum’s website on December 9. Please sign up for PlatteForum’s email list or follow PlatteForum on their social media channels to receive updates on this program and contact their Creative  Programming Manager Esther Hernandez at ehernandez@platteforum.org should you have questions on the  program or are interested in applying to become a mentor.

This program is made possible with the support of Arts in Society, a collaborative grant-making program that  fosters cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple  disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. Additional support has been provided by Rose  Community Foundation, SCFD Denver and Adams Counties, and the Imagine 2020 Fund.  

About PlatteForum  

PlatteForum is an award-winning and innovative arts, youth-development, and artist-in residence program founded in  Denver, Colorado in 2002. As a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, PlatteForum teams youth (K-12) from historically  marginalized communities with professional artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning  environments. Youth work side by side with resident artists to collaboratively plan, produce, and exhibit a body of work  in an environment in which artistic excellence is highly valued. Youth in PlatteForum’s programs delve into a variety of  art forms and social justice topics, confronting challenges and obstacles and making life-changing discoveries about who  they are, what they are capable of achieving, and where they belong in the world.

About New York Foundation for the Arts 

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was established in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their  creative lives. Today, the nonprofit organization’s programs and services are far-reaching and are rooted in a wealth of  physical and online resources. Each year, NYFA awards $3 million in cash grants to individual visual, performing, and  literary artists based in New York State. NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, one of the oldest and most reputable in the  country, helps national artists and arts organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually. NYFA’s  Learning programs, including its Artist as Entrepreneur and Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, provide thousands of  artists, creatives, and arts administrators with professional development training and support. NYFA’s website,  NYFA.org, is used by more than 1 million people and features more than 20,000 opportunities and resources available to  artists in all disciplines.

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