Mentorship Program

MEET OUR 2018 EAL MENTEES & MENTORS!

 

Annelize Machado (EAL mentee) is a dance-artist creating solo and group works. Her dance draws on training in Bharata Natyam (Classical South Indian Dance), Kalaripayat (Indian martial art form) and other forms of western contemporary dance.

Kristin Gossett (EAL mentor) is a social entrepreneur dedicated to improving lives through education. She has served as a strategic advisor to philanthropists, private foundations, education organizations and corporate leaders in the Central Texas region for more than 15 years including Ballet Austin, KMFA, Classical 89.5 and KUT Austin. Currently she serves as President of Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Texas, which inspires and prepares young people to be successful in a global economy by teaching entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.

 

Lauren Macknight (EAL mentee) is the director of communications at the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin and is a practicing visual artist.

Chris Cowden (EAL mentor) is the executive director of Women & Their Work, a visual and performing arts organization located in Central Austin that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond.

Ian Tuski (EAL mentee) serves as the development associate at Austin Classical Guitar. Previously, he developed guitar education programs for Title I Public School students in New Haven, CT. He is passionate about creating systems of arts access and participation that allow diverse communities to participate in the world of classical music. 

David Hammond (EAL mentor) is the director of development at KMFA 89.5, Austin’s independent classical station. He joined the KMFA staff in 2013 after a decade of experience with Conspirare, Austin Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. 

Katie Moore (EAL mentee) is the Education Program Manager at Austin Theatre Alliance, providing access to the performing arts to 22,000 Central Texas kids this year. She is the curator of Mortified Austin, a storytelling show based on awkward and hilarious teenage artifacts.

Jenny Lavery (EAL mentor) is the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre en Bloc and Programming Director at the Austin Creative Alliance, in addition to spearheading a new theatrical series geared towards babies called World of Wee! and being the Curriculum Director and Resident Teaching Artist at the Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre.

Rachel Elizabeth Dennis (EAL mentee) is an artist whose work provides templates and forms for working within spaces of mystery.

Xochi Solis (EAL mentor) is an Austin, TX based artist sharing her studio time between Texas and Mexico. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. Solis considers the repeated act of layering a meditation on color, texture, and shape all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment, both natural and cultural.

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Online Application Now Closed for Fall 2018

 

The Emerging Arts Leaders of Austin is piloting a mentorship program. The program launches September 2018, reinforcing EAL’s mission to foster professional development of emerging artists and administrators. This year, approximately five (5) set of established and emerging artist/arts administrators will embark on the three-month program from September to November.

Mentee Program Requirements

  • 2 years of work experience (10 years max) or completed graduate degree with at least 1 year of work experience
  • Must be a member of Austin EAL (Become a Member)
  • Must write 1 blog post at the end of the mentorship program
  • Must live within 25-mile radius of Austin
  • Must be willing to commute to designated meeting spot six (6) times over a three-month period
  • Must be willing to provide a statement of how stipend will be used at the end of the mentorship

 

Program Benefits for Mentees

  • $200 stipend for continuing professional development after the mentorship program is completed
  • Thoughtful and considered vetting process to enable the best possible pairings
  • Private and confidential guidance from your mentor, with whom you can share ideas, concerns, and goals
  • Dedicated program liaison from EAL Austin
  • Kick-off and closing celebration networking event with other mentors and mentees

 

Program Benefits for Professional Mentors

  • Thoughtful and considered vetting process to enable the best possible pairings
  • Private and confidential relationship with mentee, with whom you share career advice and constructive, professional guidance
  • Dedicated program liaison from EAL Austin
  • Kick-off and closing celebration networking event with other mentors and mentees
  • Optional stipend

 

 


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