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Introducing the Inaugural 2016 Van Lier Fellowships for Acting and Directing

The Asian American Arts Alliance, with support from the New York Community Trust, will be administering the Van Lier Fellowships which will grant fellows of various disciplines over the next three years. This year the Alliance will be recognizing artists in the categories of acting and directing.

The purpose of this fellowship is to develop early-career, individual Asian American artists living in New York City. The Alliance will grant two eight-month fellowships to one Asian American actor and one Asian American director who are still early in their career, whose work shows outstanding promise, and who may benefit from further professional artistic development, and who is of limited financial means.

Each fellow will each receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $12,000, which begins in July 2016 until February 2017, and an fellowship tailored to respond to the unique needs of each individual, which includes artistic mentorship with an established artist professional in their mid-career, leadership coaching, and technical support. Fellows will also have their profiles featured on the Alliance website. 

(Credit: Asian American Film Lab)

(Credit: Asian American Film Lab)

Those who are eligible must be of Asian descent, be 30 years old or younger, be a resident of New York City, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and not currently enrolled as a part-time or full-time student in any degree program by June 30th, 2016.

Previous or current recipients of any Van Lier fellowships, undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in any degree program, or any alliance board members and staff are not allowed to apply.

The Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. In line with these efforts, it is the aim of the Alliance’s Van Lier Fellowships to develop early-career, individual Asian American artists living in New York City. The fellowship was created by the will of Sally Van Lier and the New York Community Trust continues to carry out their legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts and training groups to provide education and other support.

You can click here to receive more information on the guidelines of the Van Liers Fellowship and to apply today. Who knows, your film could be in next year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Submissions are due by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 10th, 2016.

For additional questions, you can contact the Fellowships Manager, Soriya Chum at [email protected].