Austin Emerging Arts Leaders Mentorship Program Application
Austin Emerging Arts Leaders identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders by developing inclusive systems for creative and professional growth. Central to this mission, each year approximately five emerging artists and arts administrators are selected and paired with curated mentors to build relationships which aid their personal, professional, and creative development.
Applicants for the Austin EAL Mentorship Program must:
> Identify as an artist, arts administrator, or be working toward a career in the arts
> Live within a 25 mile radius of Austin or or demonstrate clear activity and investment in the Austin arts community if located elsewhere
> Be 21 years of age or older
> Be within the first 10 years of their arts career
This application is open to all. We aim for our programs to ensure that all people — including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, differing ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion — are represented in the Austin arts community and leadership. We particularly encourage individuals who identify with historically underrepresented identities to apply. We also understand that "within the first ten years of your creative career" may be realized at different times in different individuals lives, and may embody the creation of art, or its administration.
> Mentees are selected first and then paired with a mentor based on areas of desired artistic and professional growth, as facilitated through conversations with Austin EAL Board.
> Seven month mentorship for artists and arts administrators in the first ten years of their careers in the arts.
> Mentors and mentees will meet at least seven times over the seven-month period. Meeting times are flexible and based on the scheduling preferences of the mentor and mentee, but must be dispersed in a manner to allow for progress.
> Each mentorship is different and will be tailored to the creative and professional goals of the mentee, but goals will be established through the run of the program and regular communication with an EAL board liaison is required.
> Mentees will identify a project or area of focus to guide their progress in the program. Each can also request a $200 stipend to support the growth of their project or continued professional development.
> Participation in a culmination event at the end of the program will be required to share projects or experiences with the public; details of expectations will be shared with selected participants.
> Attendance at additional Austin EAL gatherings or events is recommended for ongoing engagement with other mentees and the Austin arts community.
June 30: Application Deadline
July 1 - 31: Phone Call Interviews with Mentee Finalists
August 1: Mentees selected
August 31: Mentor and Mentee pairs announced
***Application Deadline is June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm (CDT)***
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Your Email Address
We'll use this as our primary method of contacting you if any clarification is needed on your application and/or if selected as a Mentee.
Your Phone Number
We'll use this if we need to contact you for a brief phone interview, sometime in July, after reviewing your application materials.
Your Zip Code
This helps us ensure you meet the locality requirements, as well as report to funding entities.
What's your current title or role?
For example: Choreographer, Development Coordinator for Music Organization, Elementary Art Teacher, Production Manager, Teaching Artist (specializing in ...), Seeking to formalize my work as a visual artist, etc. Please limit responses to 50 words or less.
Please tell us more about your work as an arts professional and/or artist.
How would you describe your work? To help us learn more, you are also welcome to include a link to a portfolio, website, or social media page. Please limit responses to 100 words or less.
How are you involved and engaged in the Austin arts community?
This could be through work, volunteering, participation, or other contributions. Please limit responses to 200 words or less.
What would success in your arts career look like?
Please elaborate on your goal(s) and the efforts you’ve taken/are currently taking to accomplish them. Please limit responses to 200 words or less.
How do you imagine the Austin EAL Mentorship might help you reach your goals?
What are some specific tools, knowledge, etc. you’re hoping to gain from this experience? Please limit responses to 200 words or less.
What qualities are you looking for in a mentor?
Please describe the qualities and/or experiences you would like a mentor to have. If you have a specific mentor in mind, feel free to list them! Please limit responses to 100 words or less.
With which cultures or ethnicities do you identify? (Optional)
Answers will not affect decisions but will help us better understand communities we’re reaching.
How did you hear about the program? (Optional)
Anything else you’d like to share? (Optional)
Please include any questions, concerns, ideas, or final comments you’d like to share!
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