Expanding the Field


Expanding the Field is seeking rising freshmen, sophomores, & juniors of any African-American, Latinx, and/or Native American heritage, as well as any student who identifies as one of color to apply for free classes, mentorship, and facilities access at Flower City Arts Center. Expanding the Field supports access to visual arts resources— increasing healthy diversity of college-level visual arts programs and future leadership in the professions of Ceramics, Printmaking, and Photography.

Accepted students meet every Friday from 3:30 - 6pm for one-on-one mentoring support to ensure students achieve their goals, and participate in specialized workshops and/or group projects. Students will also be expected to take one FREE class in Ceramics, Photography & Digital Arts, or Printmaking & Book Arts per quarter during the 2022-2023 school year and in Summer 2023 to build up their portfolios. Additionally, all students will have access to guided open studio time after-school on any day that fits their schedule to work independently or as a group. Transportation subsidy available, based on need. Apply early, space is limited. Frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.

There is no fee to apply. Applications can be submitted online here.
You can also download our PDF Application and Program Release Form to submit in person if preferred.

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found here. Still need more information? Please contact Rashaad Parker, Community Outreach Manager, at rparker@flowercityarts.org or 585-244-4617.

Thank you to the William and Sheila Konar Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul, and the New York State Legislature for supporting this program in Rochester.