SHARP supports eight talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young artists annually in an eight-week fellowship program.
Artists working in variety of disciplines at the post-BFA college level create new work and gain experience to establish successful careers in the arts. Studio space and living accommodations in a historic 19th century cottage are also provided to each artist at Snug Harbor. Artists receive studio visits from guest artists and curators as part of a mentorship program.
Participants are encouraged to show their work in Snug Harbor galleries or on campus. SHARP includes the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship that is funded by New York Community Trust, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. The Fellowship helps artists in all disciplines at the post-BFA college level to make the transition from formal training to professional careers.
Funding primarily comes from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. Additional support is provided from Staten Island Arts, and New York Community Trust. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.