Artist Mentorship Program

Are you an Oakland-based refugee or immigrant artist seeking to expand your network and extend your roots deeper into the Oakland arts community? If you answered yes, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! 

ARTogether in collaboration with Oakland Art Murmur invites Oakland-based refugee and immigrant artists  to apply for our new Mentorship Program. The program will take place between January through June 2022. 

The program is open to artists of all crafts, levels, and experiences looking to expand their network, learn new skills, develop their career, and obtain professional guidance.  Participants will be paired with a mentor in accordance with their interests, artistic craft, experience level, or goal for the mentorship program. 

The program will include – 

  • Six 1:1 monthly meetings with an Oakland based mentor artist (required attendance).
  • Six gatherings with artists and arts professionals (virtually or in-person at local Oakland art venues). 
  • Three professional development opportunities
  • Financial support (of $500) 

 

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021. 

Become a Mentor

Are you an artist living and/or working in Oakland and looking to further expand your professional experience, portfolio, community-building work or professional development skills?

Are you looking for an opportunity to lift up and support the next generation of Oakland’s artists?

ARTogether and Oakland Art Murmur would like to invite you to become a Mentor Artist in the 2022 Mentorship Program. Experienced artists from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to become a mentor. 

As a mentor artist in this 6-month program you will be working closely with emerging artists from Oakland’s refugee and immigrant communities. You will share professional guidance in areas such as building a community-based art practice, financial literacy for artists, networking and marketing. The areas of focus and guidance provided to the emerging artists will be based on the individual artist’s interests, artistic craft, experience level, or goal for the mentorship program. Experience mentoring artists is a plus, but not necessary.

An honorarium of $1000 will be provided to mentors.

As a mentor artist during the 6 month program you will:

  • Attend Six 1:1 monthly meetings with an emerging immigrant or refugee artist (required attendance).
  • Six gatherings with artists and arts professionals (virtually or in-person at local Oakland art venues). 

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021.  The program will begin in January 2022 and run through June of 2022.

Program details:

Mentee Artists 

  • Mentee artists will be expected to attend the six monthly 1:1 meetings with their mentor artists at a time as determined by both parties.
  • Mentee artists will be expected to respect the time commitment provided by the mentor artists and attend the 1:1 meetings on time.  If a conflict occurs, both parties will be expected to notify the other party with at least 24 hours notice. 
  • Mentee artists are expected to attend at least two of the three professional development opportunities provided by the Mentorship Program. 
  • Mentee artists are expected to attend at least three of the six artist meetups.

 

Mentor artists will be available to provide guidance to the mentee artists. Mentor artists might be able to refer artists to apply to certain opportunities, they will not be directly responsible for providing any opportunities beyond the mentorship hours they have agreed to provide.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hannah Jeffers at hannah@artogether.org

This program is made possible by the support from the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.