Define American Immigrant Artist Fellowship - Define American

Define American Immigrant Artist Fellowship

Supporting immigrant artists in developing their practices and connecting with their local communities.

About the Fellowship

Define American created this fellowship to support immigrant artists who engage their communities as they further develop their artistic practice and shape narratives of American identity. Selected artists receive a stipend and resources and gain national exposure as they work with community-based organizations, build their capacity as cultural change-makers and demonstrate how art can catalyze positive and lasting narrative change.

Define American recognizes a broad definition of artist, including: painters, designers, writers, comedians, poets, actors, sculptors, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, etc. This program is uniquely suited to supporting artists who have a deep commitment to their local communities.

Selected artist fellows will receive:

Check back in January 2021 for 2021 fellowship information.

Questions: Please contact the Creative Programs Manager Bethany Wearden ([email protected]).

The Define American Artist Fellowship is made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation.

2020 Artist Fellows

Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe

Community Organizer, Writer, and Spoken Word Performer

Danyeli (pronounced Dan-Jelly) is a Dominican, Bronx-raised community organizer, writer, and spoken word performer. Her work raises awareness around issues of race, gender, and migration. She was one of four members of the first Bronx-based all Latinx poetry slam team, project x and her poetry has traveled as far as Aruba’s “Poetry is an Island” festival. She has been featured by Bronx Museum of Arts, San Francisco’s Museum of African Diaspora, and People En Espanol Magazine. On December 2019, she self-published her first collection of poetry, periodicos de ayer, a lover’s archive. Danyeli is also the co-founder and co-host of loose accents, a Latinx podcast that highlights the immigrant experiences of the East and West coast. In addition to performing, Danyeli has been an avid advocate for immigrant rights, receiving the 2010 New York State Dream Activist Award and becoming a recipient of and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship and New York Immigration Coalition’s DREAM Fellowship. Currently, her community and artistic work centers the nuances of being both Black and immigrant.

Website / Instagram / YouTube

Goolam Saber

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist

Goolam Saber is a multi-disciplinary visual artist from Johannesburg, South Africa currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. His mediums include: printmaking, mural painting and design, paper sculptures, typography, artist books and installations. Each piece he creates is process driven using found and rescued materials, each piece relative to the space in which he finds himself.
His work acknowledges the past that shaped the present using ancient elements and combining them with contemporary practice. He creates public workshops and works extensively within underserved, marginalized communities, collaborating with community members to create artworks that promote change whilst making art accessible.

Website / Instagram

Grecia Huesca Dominguez

Author & Poet

Grecia Huesca Dominguez is the author of the children’s book, Dear Abuelo, finalist of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award and recognized by Bank Street College of Education as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2020. Her poetry has appeared in The Acentos Review, Crossin’ Borders Zine, and the Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4 LatiNext Anthology.
In 2019, she founded Latinx Writers Co. with the goal to create a resource for writers of all levels, guided by the principle that all writing is valid, and a writer is someone that writes. Her mission is to encourage immigrant writers to explore beyond their trauma, by reclaiming their narratives, embracing their triumphs, heartbreak, and joy.

At the age of ten, she moved from Veracruz, Mexico to the Hudson Valley where she currently resides with her daughter.

Website / Instagram / Latinx Writers Co.

Maryam Faridani

Multidisciplinary Artist

Maryam Faridani is an Iranian artist currently living in Chicago. By using moving images, installations and performance, she tries to explore how technologies today lead to creation and maintenance of a particular set of social conditions as the environment of that technical system. Humor is an important aspect of her work as she finds it to be an effective way to talk about matters that are usually dark and bitter. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and holds a BFA in Theater from the Art University of Tehran.

Website / Instagram

2019 Define American Artist Fellows