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May 5, 2021

Foundation Mentorship Program 2021/2022

The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) is designed to help women and non-binary people in the visual arts develop skills and define their decision-making philosophies by providing information, resources and support. In this year-long program, 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. If you have applied before and were unsuccessful, consider revisiting your application and the quality of your images and applying 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. Another year, another mentor might select you.

Potential mentees of all adult ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students are not eligible. There is no fee to apply. Successful applicants will be charged $300 for the program. If finances are a barrier, please speak with MAWA staff. Note that a free one-year membership to MAWA will be granted to every applicant.

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