Artist Certification Program


In order to support the City’s burgeoning downtown Arts & Cultural District, the City provides additional incentives to new development projects that incorporate artist live/work housing. In order to connect artists to these live/work opportunities, the City has established a process to review applications on a monthly basis to determine the eligibility of an individual as an artist to reside in designated live/work housing. These applications are reviewed by the City’s Municipal Art Commission.

As defined by the City of New Rochelle zoning code, an artist is:

ARTIST – An individual who practices one of the fine, design, graphic, musical, culinary, literary, technological or performing arts; or an individual whose profession relies on the application of the above-mentioned skills to produce a unique creative product; e.g. an architect, craftsperson, chef, photographer, teacher of art/music/dance, or other qualified individual, as certified by the Municipal Art Commission.”

Benefits of Certification

Artists who choose to be certified by the City of New Rochelle are given preference for designated artist live/work opportunities as they arise in the downtown.

Application Process

Interested applicants may access the Artist Certification application by clicking here. The following items are required to be submitted along with a completed application form:

•    Artist Resume

•    (3) Letters of Recommendation

•    3-5 representative examples of artwork

Applications should be submitted to:

Jorge Ventura Ovalles
Senior Real Estate Development Manager
City of New Rochelle
515 North Avenue, 1
st Floor
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Once approved, the City will provide a "Certified Artist" certificate to each certified artist.