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 2023-2024 school year and in Summer 2024 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 is available, based on need.
Apply early; space is limited. No application fee is required.

Applications can be submitted online here.
If preferred, you can also download our PDF Application and Program Release Form to submit in person.

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.
Still have questions? Please contact Rashaad Parker, Community Outreach Director,
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.