RISD Trek NYC is designed to provide students with an opportunity to see firsthand the professional fine arts world and the creative culture in New York City. 


Participants in RISD Trek New York City will explore the fine arts world through engagement with artist studios, galleries, community arts non-profits, artist residency programs, arts incubators, and museums. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a new fine arts graduate and discover ways to establish a professional career path that is supported through this interdisciplinary ecosystem. Students will also learn how to develop their professional network through on-site visits, presentations by arts professionals, alumni panels and studio visits.

Trek New York City is scheduled for Sunday, August 18 through Friday, August 23, 2024. To participate, students must be returning to RISD for the Fall 2024 semester. All expenses for the trip arranged by RISD will be covered for participants including: roundtrip train travel from Providence to New York City, hotel accommodations, travel to and from Trek New York City sites, and daily meals.

RISD Trek New York is a collaboration between the RISD Alumni Association, Institutional Advancement, and the Career Center, as well as various regional Alumni Clubs and Affinity Groups.

Key Details

Deadline to apply?

May 6, 2024

Who can apply?

Rising Juniors, Rising Seniors, Rising 5th year students and Graduate students that are not graduating in 2024. Students who are graduating in June 2024 are not eligible to apply.  


The trip will take place from August 18 through August 23, 2024.


New York City.


All expenses arranged by RISD for the trip will be covered for participants including: roundtrip train fare from Providence to New York City, hotel accommodations, travel to and from Trek New York city sites, and daily meals. Selected students are required to pay a non-refundable $100 program deposit fee to hold their space to participate. Some financial assistance is available for students who might not otherwise be able to participate due to the non-refundable deposit or cost of their travel. 

Info Session

The recording of the Trek NYC Info Session can be accessed at the link below.



Please review the guidelines for the program carefully before you apply.



The online application form can be found below.



Contact Elena Mendez-Lewis at the Alumni + Family Relations Office (emendezl@risd.edu) if you have any questions about the program, application process, and requirements.