Art Start Emerging Artists

The Emerging Artists Program supports NYC emerging artists between the ages of 13 - 21, who have exhibited exceptional artistic talent, but lack the resources and support to turn that talent into opportunities for their future. 

The program provides emerging artists with a rigorous schedule of coursework, project creation, networking, paid internships, showcase opportunities, two-year planning, a transportation stipend and career-counseling in the creative professional industries. Emerging Artists go on to become art students, performers and, above all, responsible young adults with a clear vision and a plan for their personal success.


  • Creative Internship
  • Residence Stipend
  • Advanced Arts Courses
  • Industry Mentor
  • Travel Stipend


  • Course Supplies & Materials
  • Weekly Seminars
  • Portfolio Support 
  • Professional Critique Sessions
  • Final Showcase

*This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

As an Art Start Emerging Artist-in-Residence, I’ve enjoyed a place to explore myself and the world, freely. It’s brought new life to my music, dance, story-writing and poetry, and given me the confidence to share my art with the world.
— young michael, 17-years-old