Rhode Island Latino Arts

We promote, encourage and preserve the art, history, heritage and cultures of the Spanish-speaking people of Rhode Island

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Emerging Latinx Artists Program

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Our Emerging Visual Artist Program supports emerging Latinx artists currently living in Rhode Island by allowing them to show a body of work in a professional gallery setting. This program is currently only for visual artists. However, if we have enough interest in other disciplines, we will consider expanding to performance, writing or more.

Through this program, young Latinx artists will be connected with experienced mentors who will help you strengthen your artistic skills, provide you with a public space to show your work, and also teach you how to market yourself. Because we work as a cooperative gallery and a non-profit organization, you will also learn all facets of gallery operation from planning, to publicizing, to hanging a show.

How it Works
A jury made up of members of the Rhode Island Latino Arts Network (RILAN) will select two finalists to show 2-3 pieces in the gallery for one month. In addition, a following 3-month mentorship will be awarded to one winning artist, which is decided through a combination of a public vote and panel of jurors. The winning artist will receive additional exhibit time at the gallery and 6-month mentoring by a RILAN artist. Both finalists will be invited to participate in scheduled gatherings of the RILANetwork.

To be a Mentor: If you are interested in giving back and sharing your talents by mentoring a young, emerging Latinx artist, this program is for you. You do not have to currently live in Rhode Island, but you must have lived here for at least 12 months either as a student, working/practicing artist or are a native of Rhode Island. You must be willing to interview and later meet with your young mentee as a volunteer for up to three months. You set your own hours, but the meeting location must be during weekends in our Artists Studio Space at La Galería. Once the mentorship is well established and you wish to continue beyond three months, if you are interested, we will help find ways to compensate you for your time including helping you apply for fellowships with local or regional arts funders. Mentor artists who are of Latino heritage are encouraged and preferred, however it is not a requirement. Our preference is someone who is bilingual / bicultural and familiar with Latin American art & culture and with the Rhode Island Latino arts community.
Mentee Eligibility:
Applications are open to young Latinx artists with strong discipline and who are serious about their art practice. You can be between 16-22 years old and must have no history of professional gallery consignment in Rhode Island or surrounding areas of Southeastern New England or New York. Eligible applicants must submit digital samples (JPEG 300dpi or higher) of their work in any visual art medium.

Please note: If you have shown your work in a public setting (a school, library or community center) to be eligible for our program, you must show that you have not had an established relationship with a professional gallery in the area.

We prefer emerging Latinx artists who are practicing or independently creating their own unique style and have a vision. However, as we launch the program, we will accept applications from student artists currently enrolled in a high school, trade or training school, or undergraduate program who has instructor-driven pieces. All work must be original and created by you, and we will request a strong letter of support from a teacher or instructor.

You are eligible to be in the Emerging Visual Artist Show only once every 18 months, but you may apply again if you were not accepted as a finalist in previous years.

We will begin accepting applications on August 1, 2018 for a mentorship program to begin January of 2019. Deadline for submission is October 12, 2018. Interested applicants to be either a Mentor or Mentee should plan to attend our upcoming RILAN Gathering, scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018. You may also inquire via E-Mail by writing to: lagaleria@rilatinoarts.org.
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Mentees: Please copy the questions and write your responses in a separate Word document, then transfer to this form. You will lose all your information once you log out.
NOTE: E-Mail JPEGs within 24 hours after submitting the online form to this address: apply@rilatinoarts.org And be sure to write this on the subject line: Latinx Emerging Artists Images

Mentors: If you are interested in being a mentor, please be sure to sign up to be on our artists network list, so we can have samples of your work.