Lower East Side Young Artists of Color Fellowship

The Lower East Side (LES) Young Artists of Color Fellowship is a program of FABnyc.

As the Lower East Side continues to fight displacement, marginalization, and racial inequities, we recognize that sustaining a sense of community requires many efforts and arts-based placemaking efforts, like the LES Young Artists of Color fellowship, can strengthen a sense of belonging across generations.

Besides their importance as creative voices in the LES, young artists of color are underrepresented in the arts sector as a whole.  Peer circles of support combined with opportunities to share work and learn from others can be a critical factor in moving their professional development forward.


Apply to be a 2024 Fellow!

Proposals are being accepted now through midnight on January 9, 2024.

2024 LES Artists of Color Fellowship APPLICATION LINK

2024 Fellowship Overview:
To be eligible, you must be an artist of color between the ages of 18 and 26.
We will accept 8 fellows for Spring 2024. Artists in any discipline may apply.

Each Fellow will:
– receive a $500 stipend
– participate in weekly meetings with the full fellowship
– meet and hear from established arts professionals of color
– share artistic works-in-progress and career challenges
– identify topics of interest for workshops such as fundraising, marketing, and portfolio development
– present work through a culminating exhibit / performance

CALENDAR
Fellowship Sessions in person at FAB, 70 East 4th Street — Tuesday March 5 – June 4, 6pm-8pm

Culminating Exhibit/Showcase at FAB’s theater and studio, 70 East 4th Street
Tuesday May 28 – Friday May 30  – Setup and install, final rehearsals)

Saturday June 1 – Exhibit / installation/ public performance
Sunday June 2 – Breakdown

All sessions and participation in the culminating showcase are mandatory.

There may also be up to two field trips which will take place either on a weekend day or a weekday evening during the fellowship period, time to be agreed upon.
Application for fellowship is open to all NYC residents. Priority consideration shall be given to Lower East Side residents and NYCHA tenants. If you have questions about the application, please contact Alejandra Acevedo – alejandra@fabnyc.org

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This project is supported in part through funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Member Carlina Rivera. We define the Lower East Side as including the area from 14th Street to Canal, Bowery to the East River, as well as Chinatown. This includes Loisaida, the East Village, and all of Community District 3.