Program Overview

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers.   


NXTHVN’s year-long Fellowships provide:  

  • a generous stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the Fellowship year, which runs from early June to late May
  • optional, partially-subsidized housing in Dixwell, New Haven
  • dedicated work and/or studio space with 24-hour access
  • monthly professional development workshops facilitated by field experts
  • culminating exhibition and catalogue organized by curatorial fellows and featuring work by studio fellows
  • opportunity to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming
  • vocabulary and skills for navigating the art market that often go untaught in MFA programs


Expectations include:  

  • completing the entire 11-month residency program
  • relocation to New Haven 
  • spending at least five hours per week mentoring a high school apprentice

NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts.

Each year, NXTHVN welcomes between four and nine local high school students who have exhibited a strong interest in the arts, possess a desire to learn new professional skills, and are ready for the responsibilities of paid employment. 

Under the supervision of the Apprenticeship Coordinator and NXTHVN Staff, Apprentices work directly with the Studio and Curatorial Fellows 3 hours each week, and have 2 hours each week dedicated to group projects and activities.

Studio tasks include, but are not limited to, stretching canvas, mixing paints, conducting research, and leading guided tours. Group activities include learning and exercising leadership skills and participating in team-building exercises.

Apprentices also attend regularly scheduled professional development workshops and assist in the planning, production and installation of the exhibition in the NXTHVN gallery at the end of the year. 

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers. 

NXTHVN’s year-long Fellowships provide:

  • a generous stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the Fellowship year, which runs from early June to late May
  • optional, partially-subsidized housing in Dixwell, New Haven
  • dedicated work and/or studio space with 24-hour access
  • monthly professional development workshops facilitated by field experts
  • culminating exhibition and catalogue organized by curatorial fellows and featuring work by studio fellows
  • opportunity to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming
  • vocabulary and skills for navigating the art market that often go untaught in MFA programs

Expectations include:

  • completing the entire 11-month residency program
  • relocation to New Haven 
  • spending at least five hours per week mentoring a high school apprentice