Learn more about Austin's Mentorship Program for Emerging Arts Leaders

What is the Austin EAL Mentorship Program?

Austin Emerging Arts Leaders offers an annual mentorship program, pairing approximately five (5) emerging artists and arts administrators with leaders in their field or area of desired growth. The program caters to each unique mentorship and an Austin EAL board member serves as a guide to help facilitate and monitor the progress of the mentorship.

Am I eligible to apply?


Applicants for the Austin EAL Mentorship Program must...
  • Identify as an artist, arts administrator, or be working toward a career in the arts
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Live within a 25 mile radius of Austin
  • Be within the first 10 years of their career in the arts*

*"Within the first ten years of your career in the arts" may be realized at different times in different individuals lives, and may embody the creation of art, or its administration.

Provided the few requirements above are met, this application is open to all. We aim for our programs to ensure that all people are seen and represented - including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, differing ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.

What is the length and structure of the EAL Mentorship Program?

Between September 2019 and March 2020, selected EAL Mentees will receive private and confidential guidance from their mentor, tailored to the mentee's creative and professional goals.

Beyond an initial group gathering and monthly meetings, the exact structure and approach will be determined by you and your mentor. A dedicated EAL Austin representative will check in periodically to constructively share ideas, concerns, and goals that can support the mentee during the course of the program. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, mentees receive a $200 stipend for continuing professional development.

How are mentees selected?

Mentees will be selected based on a thoughtful and considerate vetting process of submitted application responses. Criteria used to select mentees may be but are not limited to demonstrated readiness for the program and ability to express goals for professional and artistic growth. This application is open to all and Austin EAL aims to ensure that all people - including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, differing ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion - are represented in the Austin arts community.

How are mentors selected?

Mentors are selected after mentees to facilitate the best pairing possible. EAL Austin seeks out leaders in the Austin arts community who are best suited to the goals and aspirations of the mentee. Other considerations may be taken into account based on mentee preferences for the pairing, such as  cultural background, identity, gender, and experience. 

If accepted into the Mentorship Program, what will be required of me?

If selected, all mentors and mentees will be asked to commit to fully participate in the program. This includes commuting to designated meeting spots with your mentor at least seven (7) times over the seven-month span of the program, engaging in occasional interactive events with other mentees, mentors, and/or the EAL community at large. You will also be required to write one blog post and complete a survey at the end of the experience. This survey will include a statement of how your stipend will be used at the end of the mentorship.

Do you accept late applications?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications after the due date - May 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm (CST). We look forward to reviewing your application next year.

Is there an application fee?

There is no cost to apply for the EAL Mentorship Program.