Lower East Side Young Artists of Color Fellowship

DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 midnight


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

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. _________________________________________________________________

Fellowship Overview

To be eligible, you must be an artist of color between the ages of 18 and 26.

We will accept 10 fellows for Spring 2023.  Artists in any discipline may apply.

Each Fellow will:
– 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
– receive a $500 stipend

Fellows will have the opportunity to share their work publicly through a culminating group event.

The Fellowship will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm for 16 sessions from March 9 – June 20, 2023.  Attendance to all sessions is required.

Culminating exhibit/showcase will be on a Saturday afternoon in June.  There may 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.

Meetings will be in person at Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street between Second Ave and Bowery.

Application for fellowship is open to NYC residents. Priority consideration shall be given to Lower East Side residents, NYCHA tenants, and those with strong ties to the LES although they are not residents.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, January 3, 2023 midnight.

If you have questions about the application, please contact Alejandra Acevedo – alejandra@fabnyc.org

As the Lower East Side continues to fight displacement, marginalization, and racial inequities, FABnyc and  Downtown Art 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.

This project is supported in part through funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and City Councilmember Carlina Rivera.

We’re Hiring! LES Young Artists of Color Fellowship Facilitator

DEADLINE ASAP but not later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023
START DATE Week of February 20, 2023

We’re seeking a Young Artists of Color Fellowship Facilitator to facilitate and supports the LES Young Artists of Color Fellowship, a group of early career POC artists ages 18-26. The fellowship meets for 16 weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings from March through June, with a culminating public showing of work in June.  

The Fellowship works to provide support and knowledge which can enable Fellows to establish a life in the arts by developing a peer network of mutual support, deepening their understanding of potential paths and challenges through sessions with POC guest artists, and moving their creative work forward through a culminating public exhibit. The program prioritizes artists based in the Lower East Side and NYCHA tenants.

The Facilitator will take the lead in facilitating each session which may include sharing and responding to the work of artist fellows, supporting a guest artist or field trip session, identifying and following through on sessions that explore topics of interest to Fellows, and leading the coordination of the culminating exhibition of work. The Facilitator will work closely with core FAB staff on each element in the program.

Young Artist Facilitator Job Description

2021 LES Young Artists of Color Fellows

2022 LES Young Artists of Color Fellows