Year-long Mentorship Program, Sept 2019 – Sept 2020
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 4pm
For all women and non-binary visual artists
If you have questions about the program please consider attending our Info Session about the Foundation Mentorship Program on Thursday, April 11, 5:30 at MAWA, 611 Main Street
The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) has been the core of MAWA’s programming activities since 1985. Artists who have gone through the FMP describe it as having been “pivotal,” “transformative” and “life changing.” It is designed to help women and non-binary people in the visual arts develop skills and define their decision-making philosophies and to provide access to the information, resources and support they need to realize their goals. It is a year-long program in which established artists (mentors) meet individually with their mentees for 4 hours per month to share their experience, expertise and advice. The entire FMP group meets for 3 hours each month for critiques, discussion, gallery visits and other activities.
Applicants are selected based on the quality and potential of the artwork submitted, the emerging artist’s willingness to dedicate time to the program and the mentor’s ability to work with the emerging artist through a shared medium or conceptual interest. Mentors choose their mentees.
Potential mentees of all adult ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be charged a $300 fee for the program. There is no fee to apply, although you must be a MAWA member. Students are not eligible.
If you have applied before and were unsuccessful, consider revisiting your application and the quality of your images and apply again. Note that demand for this program far outstrips available spaces. Sometimes the mentors agree that an artist’s work is excellent, but they do not feel that they have the specific skills or experience to help that artist. Another year, another mentor might select you.
To apply for the Foundation Mentorship Program:
Please email a single pdf document labelled with your name, containing:
a letter outlining why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to achieve through mentorship (make sure the letter also includes information regarding how we can contact you by phone, email and post); please also describe your artistic practice (if English is not your first language and you would like to apply verbally, please call the office and we can make accommodations)
an artist résumé (maximum 3 pages)
up to 20 embedded jpg images of your artwork captioned with the title of the work, the media, date completed and dimensions, or links to up to 3 minutes of video
If you are not already a member, please also submit a MAWA membership form and payment. MAWA memberships cost $15 for underwaged persons and $30 for others. Email applications to email@example.com and put “FMP Application 2019” in the subject line.