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Application Deadline: Foundation Mentorship Program


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Year-long Mentorship Program, Sept 2018 – Sept 2019
Application deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018 at 4pm
For all women-identified visual artists

$300 fee for the program for successful applicants. Free to apply. Applicants must be MAWA members. Application Deadline: Friday, April 27 at 4pm.

More info on our website: https://mawa.ca/mentorship/view/foundation-mentorship-program-2018-2019

The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) has been the core of MAWA’s programming activity since 1985. It is offered each year because it is so effective in helping participants in their journey towards being professional artists. Women who have gone through the FMP describe it as having been “pivotal,” “transformative” and “life changing.” It is designed to help women-identified 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 per 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 mentees who they feel they can help. 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. 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.