Emerging 55+ Artist Mentorship Program
Rumriver Art Center is excited to announce that it will be offering an Emerging 55+ Artist Mentorship Program in 2021-2022. The mentorship program will begin in November 2021 and end in July 2022. The mentors and mentees will be selected from the pool of applicants to participate in the program. All mentee applicants must be ages 55+. There is no age restriction for mentor applicants.
The purpose of the Artist Mentorship Program is to provide older adults who never had the opportunity to find their artistic voice during their youth a chance to explore and find it now. Many older adults had to put their art and creativity on hold when they were younger because life got in the way, but this mentorship program gives these individuals a chance to pick up where they left off. Rumriver Art Center is looking for self-motivated artists who want take the next step in their art.
There are numerous benefits both mentors and mentees may receive from participating in the mentorship program since both the mentor and the mentee give and grow in the mentoring process.
Benefits for Mentors: There are numerous benefits mentors may receive from participating in the mentorship program. First of all, both the mentor and the mentee give and grow in the mentoring process. Mentors can use their expertise to guide and positively influence another’s artistic path. Mentors can build new relationships and gain personal satisfaction in helping someone grow artistically. Other benefits include free access to studio space at Rumriver Art Center at scheduled times throughout the duration of the program, a stipend for each meeting with your mentee, and a gallery show with your mentee at the conclusion of the program to showcase your artwork as well as the artwork and accomplishments/the artistic growth of your mentee.
Benefits for Mentees: There are numerous benefits mentees may receive from participating in the mentorship program. First of all, both the mentor and the mentee give and grow in the mentoring process. Mentees can learn valuable knowledge from their mentor’s expertise and past mistakes. Mentees can also increase their competencies in specific areas. Other benefits include free access to studio space at Rumriver Art Center at scheduled times throughout the duration of the program, free art supplies (a specified amount), and a gallery show with your mentor at the conclusion of the program to showcase your artwork/artistic voice and the new skills you gained from your mentor.
At the conclusion of the mentorship program (during Mid May 2022 to July 2022), mentees and their mentors will have a gallery show together in the Rumriver Art Center Gallery to showcase their talent and artwork and all their accomplishments and growth over the course of the program. This gallery show will be open to the public, and friends and family can be invited to see all that was accomplished during the mentorship program.
How the Program Works
There are a variety of different mediums mentees can choose from to be the focus of their mentorship experience. These mediums include acrylic painting, watercolor painting, drawing, mixed-media, hand-built pottery, wheel throwing pottery, and pastels. Mentees will select one medium on their application that they would like to focus on and expand their knowledge and skill with during the mentorship program. If you are selected as a mentee, you will be paired with a mentor who is very skilled and knowledgeable about your selected medium.
Mentors will select the mediums (more than one is fine) on their application that they have expertise in and would be/are comfortable teaching/advising someone else in. Individuals who are selected as mentors will be paired with a mentee who interested in one of their mediums of expertise.
Role of a Mentor
Mentors will help guide mentees through the process of making art, so they can find their artistic voice and expand their emerging artistic skills. Mentors will help mentees develop as an artist through assessing their strengths and weaknesses as well as through collaboration, the implementation of strategies, and evaluation along the way. Mentors will share their wisdom and past experiences with their mentee to foster growth.
Role of a Mentee
Mentees will be open and honest about their goals, expectations, challenges and concerns; they will actively listen and question; be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it; be committed to their development; and assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge. Mentees will seek advice, feedback and direction from their mentor and provide feedback to their mentor on what is working and not working in the mentoring relationship.
You will meet with your mentor at minimum once a week for at least the first 12 weeks of the program and then a minimum of once every other week for the remainder of the program (until May 2022). You can choose to meet with your mentor at Rumriver Art Center in an assigned studio space or a place outside of the art center facility.
Rumriver Art Center Creative Director/Program Manager, Angie Renee, will check in with each mentor-mentee pair throughout the program to ensure a good fit and also to evaluate progress/to assess whether set goals are being achieved. Each mentor-mentee pair will be given a log and action plan to track their weekly meetings, set goals, and track/evaluate the progress of those goals. A mid-point and final evaluation will be completed by both the mentee and the mentor as a means of assessing the effectiveness of the mentorship program.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for the Mentorship Program, please click on the link to the Artist Mentorship Program application (see below). The application can be completed and submitted online. The application deadline is Friday, September 10, 2021 by 4pm.
Mentor and Mentee applicants must email three images of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to submitting the application in order to be eligible for the program.
Applicants will be notified if they are a finalist (i.e. moving on to the next round of the application process) by Friday, September 24, 2021. Finalists will be interviewed individually on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
The mentor and mentee applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified via phone by Tuesday, October 5, 2021. All applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected as a mentor or mentee. If you are not selected for this round of the program, we highly encourage you to apply again in the future as we offer the Mentorship Program on an annual basis.
Please contact Angie Renee with any questions.
Angie Renee, Program Manager
Informational Meeting: Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Application Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021 by 4pm
Notify Finalists Moving on to Next Round: Friday, September 24, 2021
Individual Interviews: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Selected Applicants Announced: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Mentorship Program Start Date: November 1, 2021
Gallery Shows: Mid May 2022 – July 2022
Mentorship Program End Date: July 2022
(Note: dates are subject to change)