Lower East Side Young Artists of Color Fellowship

The Lower East Side Young Artists of Color Fellowship is a group of early career POC artists ages 18-25.  The Fellowship includes weekly meetings,  guest artists, work shares, $500 stipends for each fellow, and culminates in a curated exhibition by the fellows.

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 2022. 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

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

The program will meet for 16 weeks on Monday evenings in March 1 – June 14, 2022. Attendance to all sessions is required. Some meetings will be virtual and some will be in person. In person meetings will take place 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.

The LES Young Artists of Color Fellowship is a program of Downtown Art, FABnyc, and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES).

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

2021 LES Young Artists of Color Fellowship

Get to know the 2021 Fellows and read their bios here

Adaam Benton

Jennifer Chiao
Erica Cisneros
Coco Lin 
Danny Chicon-Ramirez
Violet  Guerrero Ponce
Rashard Peppers
Imani Vieira
Jiayan Yuan


LES Gathering of the Arts | June 12, 2021

Photos by SJR Photography