NXTHVN

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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