New York Foundation for the Arts

NYFA Group picture 2017

Through the support of The Vilcek Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the participants in the 2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing and Literary Arts.

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists working in a variety of disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their artistic practice. During the program, mentors will guide their mentees to achieve specific goals, providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences.

2017 Participants:

Mentee Katia Gerlach, Literary (Brazil), paired with Mentor Barbara Fuchs, Interdisciplinary (Austria/France)


Mentee Andrea Ang, Performing (Singapore), paired with Mentor Jane Jung, Performing (United States)

Mentee Saikou Balde, Literary (France), paired with Mentor Nathan Osorio, Literary (United States)

Mentee Junyi Chow, Performing (Malaysia), paired with Mentor Eunbi Kim, Performing (United States)

Mentee Maureen Freedman, Multidisciplinary (Israel), paired with Mentor Deanna Witkowski, Performing (United States)

Mentee Ge Gao, Literary (China), paired with Mentor Ricardo Maldonado, Literary (United States/Puerto Rico)

Mentee Katia Gerlach, Literary (Brazil), paired with Mentor Barbara Fuchs, Interdisciplinary (Austria/France)

Mentee Amanda Gutierrez, Multidisciplinary (Mexico), paired with Mentor Zelene Pineda Suchilt, Interdisciplinary (United States)

Mentee Darine Hotait, Literary (Lebanon), paired with Mentor Hafizah Geter, Literary (United States)

Mentee Melinda Jackson, Multidisciplinary (New Zealand), paired with Mentor Marija Sajkas, Literary (Serbia)

Mentee Anu Jindal, Literary (Canada), paired with Mentor Felice Lesser, Interdisciplinary (United States)

Mentee Megumi Kaizu, Literary (Japan), paired with Mentor Ambika Samarthya-Howard, Interdisciplinary (United States)

Mentee Swarali Karulkar, Performing (India), paired with Mentor Simon Dove, Interdisciplinary (United Kingdom)

Mentee Visnja Krzic, Performing (Serbia), paired with Mentor Eugene Marlow, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary (United Kingdom)

Mentee Yahui Lu, Performing (China), paired with Mentor Barry Kerollis, Performing (United States)

Mentee Thahitun Mariam, Literary (Bangladesh), paired with Mentor Chia-Lun Chang, Literary (Taiwan)

Mentee Mimi Mondal, Literary (India), paired with Mentor Poupeh Missaghi, Literary (Iran)

Mentee David Mora-Barroso, Multidisciplinary (Spain), paired with Mentor Dave Hall, Interdisciplinary (United States)

Mentee Charles Pang, Performing (Hong Kong SAR), paired with Mentor Susane Lee, Interdisciplinary (Korea)

Mentee Allison Plamondon, Performing (Canada), paired with Mentor Jonathan Cerullo, Performing (United States)

Mentee Yali Romagoza, Multidisciplinary (Cuba), paired with Mentor Candida Borges, Interdisciplinary (Brazil)

Mentee Varsha Shah, Multidisciplinary (India), paired with Mentor Roman Baca, Performing (United States)

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Vilcek Foundation.

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Image: Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, 2016. Photo: NYFA

Slider Image: Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing and Literary Arts, June 2017. Photo: NYFA