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Hey Emerging New York Queer Artists: You Need To Apply For This Mentorship

Hey Emerging New York Queer Artists: You Need To Apply For This Mentorship

Whether you work in literature, film, visual, performing or curatorial arts, if you’re a queer artist living in New York City and looking for something for something to inspire you beyond where you are right now, I urge you to apply for the fifth edition of Queer/Art/Mentorship, a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational arts program that provides year-long mentorship to 11 NYC- based emerging queer artists.

Full disclosure: I’m completed the mentorship in 2014, but if anything that should just give you further trust in my suggestion. It’s so far been one of most fulfilling creative experiences of my life, and I can’t imagine that not being somewhat close to the truth for the folks that follow next year. You apply with a project, and then get a year to work on it both with your mentor and fellow fellows via monthly (or so) meetings. Think of it as sort of a super queer master’s program that’s totally free!

More information on how the mentorship works, who the next cycle of mentors are, and how you can apply is listed below. But seriously, consider this information care of Q/A/M:

We are pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 Queer/Art/Mentorship program is now open for applications! Now in its fifth year, we have a wonderful lineup of Mentors joining the program for the upcoming cycle (names link to complete bios): 


Shannon Michael Cane (Writer, curator, collector and publisher; Printed Matter Fairs and Editions Curator; NY and LA Art Book Fairs; Publisher, They Shoot Homos Don’t They?)

Visual Arts
Angela Dufresne (Painter, curator and video artist; Assistant Professor in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design)

Avram Finkelstein (Artist, writer and activist; founding member of the Silence=Death collective and the art collective, Gran Fury)

Thomas Allen Harris (Experimental and documentary filmmaker; Writer/Director, Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People)

Silas Howard (Narrative and documentary filmmaker; 2015 Guggenheim recipient; Director, By Hook or By Crook, Golden Age of Hustlers, Sticks & Stones)

Stacie Passon (Narrative film director and screenwriter; Writer/Director, ConcussionAdjunct Professor in the MFA Film Program at NYU)

Jaime Manrique (Novelist, poet, essayist and translator; Colombian GoldLatin Moon in ManhattanTwilight at the EquatorOur Lives Are the Rivers and Cervantes Street) 

Sarah Schulman (Novelist, historian, playwright and activist; Author of 17 books including The Cosmopolitans and The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination)

Performing Arts
Talvin Wilks (Playwright, director and dramaturg; Plays include Tod, the boy, TodThe Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych)


What is Queer/Art/Mentorship?
Founded by filmmaker Ira Sachs and writer/dance producer Lily Binns, Queer/Art/Mentorship pairs and supports one-to-one mentorships between early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ working artists in New York City, providing an ongoing opportunity for conversations between different generations and disciplines of queer artists in our community. 
What Kind of Fellows Are We Looking For?
We seek fellows who:

·       Work within at least one of the following disciplines: literary, film (experimental, non-fiction and narrative), visual arts, performing arts (performance, theater, dance and music), and curatorial arts (in any kind of medium; e.g. galleries, books, etc.)
·       Self-Identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered
·       Are New York City-based
·       Are not currently enrolled in school or university
·       Are Early-Career and professionally focused
·       Have a project that they’d like to work on with a mentor during the 2015-2016 Mentorship cycle.
Most importantly, we are looking for emerging artists who have an extraordinary potential for engagement in the queer and artistic communities, individuals who would gain from, and add to, interaction with others of diverse queer minds.
What Is The Timeframe?
Intent to Apply Deadline: July 1, 2015
Application Deadline: July 31, 2015

Applicants selected to participate in the program will be paired with individual Mentors for year-long support (Oct 2015-Sept 2016) with once-a-month meetings between each Mentor and Fellow. Fellows are also required to meet monthly as a group, further developing a community of artistic peers across disciplines.  

Please go to www.queerartmentorship.org for more information about the program, Mentors, and application instructions.

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