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Austin Emerging Arts Leaders identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders by developing inclusive systems for creative and professional growth. Central to this mission, each year approximately five emerging artists and arts administrators are selected and paired with established mentors to build relationships which aid their personal, professional, and creative development.

Applicants for the Austin EAL Mentorship Program must:

   - Identify as an artist, arts administrator, or be working toward a career in the arts
   - Live within a 25 mile radius of Austin, or demonstrate clear activity and investment in the Austin arts community if located elsewhere.
   - Be 21 years of age or older
   - Be within the first 10 years of their arts career

This application is open to all. We aim for our programs 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 and leadership. We particularly encourage individuals who identify with historically underrepresented identities to apply. We also understand that "within the first ten years of your creative career" may be realized at different times in different individuals lives, and may embody the creation of art, or its administration.



-Mentees are selected first and then paired with a mentor based on areas of desired artistic and professional growth, as facilitated through conversations with Austin EAL Board.

- Seven-month mentorship for artists and arts administrators in the first ten years of their careers in the arts.

- Mentors and mentees will meet at least seven times over the seven-month period. Meeting times are flexible and based on the scheduling preferences of the mentor and mentee, but must be dispersed in a manner to allow for progress.

- Each mentorship is different and will be tailored to the creative and professional goals of the mentee, but goals will be established through the run of the program and regular communication with an EAL board liaison is required.

- Mentees will identify a project or area of focus to guide their progress in the program. Each will receive a $200 stipend to support the growth of their project or continued professional development.

- Participation in a culmination event at the end of the program will be required of mentees, so that they may share their experience with the public; this may take the form of a finished project, a work in progress, a reflection item, an arts admin aligned deliverable, or otherwise! Details of expectations will be shared with selected participants and are clarified to match the cohort of participants.

- Attendance at additional Austin EAL gatherings or events is recommended for ongoing engagement with other mentees and the Austin arts community

   October 28th: Application Deadline
   October 29 - Nov 1: Phone Call Interviews with Mentee Finalists
   November 2: Mentees selected
   November 9: Mentor Happy Hour - Meet and Greet

   TBD Summer 23': Sharing and Closing Meet up

Questions? Contact

*The application deadline for the 2022-2023 mentorship cohort was Friday October 28, 2022*

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