Become a Volunteer Artist Mentor at New Urban Arts!
Each fall, New Urban Arts selects roughly 15 Volunteer Artist Mentors to participate in our interdisciplinary art studio on Westminster Street, across from Classical and Central High schools. Artist Mentors volunteer October 2018 through May 2019 to work with high school students in developing a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. Arts mentoring at New Urban Arts is a wonderful opportunity for artists and educators to learn how to effectively work with high school students in a community setting.
In the past, Artist Mentors have been college students, graduate students, and artists from the community. Because New Urban Arts emphasizes peer-to-peer and participatory learning in our studio, Artist Mentors must be able to connect on a personal and artistic level with teenagers.
Artist Mentors are nurturing, resourceful, flexible under pressure, open to taking risks, willing to learn, and able to commit 4 hours per week during an entire school year. Artist Mentors participate in a yearlong professional development program to support their growth as an artist and educator and are required to attend two weekend retreats held in the Fall and Winter.
We also offer Artist Mentor positions through off-site work-study programs for eligible university students.
2018-19 Artist Mentor Applications available here. To have an application mailed to you, please contact New Urban Arts at 401.751.4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due September 3, 2018.
“Part of the joy of being an artist mentor is being at the center of two really great groups of people — the students, and the staff — all wrapped together in the NUA community.” Artist Mentor Jason Fujikuni, 2016-2017