New Young Arts Professional Intensive Mentorship Program


Mentee Application Deadline: May 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

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Artists and arts administrators in any discipline between the ages of 19 and 30 are invited to apply to this special career development program, made possible by funding from the Ontario 150 Partnership Program. The program will run between May and November 2017.

Program Objectives

  • Connect young arts professionals with established leaders and peers
  • Provide young arts professionals opportunities for learning and development in the arts and creative sector
  • Raise the profile of and showcase innovative ideas of Ottawa’s young arts professionals


Hub Mentorship Program Structure and Expectations

Each mentee will have the opportunity to access mentorship from both an established arts professional and their peers in a hub mentorship format. They will have the opportunity to build relationships, new networks, and work collaboratively in a team.

In hub groups of 5, mentees will be paired with a mentor to work together over the course of the program. In the first stage, mentees will benefit from coaching and mentoring from both their mentor and peer group in regarding their personal career development. In the second stage, each mentor will pose their group a case study challenge to solve. Working as a team, the mentees will develop a creative solution and present it at the closing Symposium.

Mentees will be expected to commit to a minimum of:

  • 1.5 hours at a monthly group meeting with all mentees in the program (May to November)
  • 1.5 hours at monthly meetings of their mentee hubs and mentor (May to November)
  • Approximately 15 hours per month developing the group project (September to November)
  • Being present and contributing to group presentation at November Symposium (date TBD)
  • Complete a final report at the end of the project on their experience
  • The timeline and key activities below.

Mentees are also encouraged to attend the Professional Development Workshops, delivered as part of this program.


Timeline and Key Activities

April to May

  • Application Process
  • Round One Professional Development Workshops, to which mentees are encouraged to attend
  • Mentees are selected, hubs are created and matched with their mentor

June to November

  • Monthly meeting between all mentees and mentors (date and time TBD)
  • Monthly meetings of mentee hubs and mentor (date and time TBD)
  • Each hub will create one monthly blog post documenting their experience, to be posted on the AOE Arts Council website
  • Mentees will have access to their mentors, both individually and in their hub (time to be decided on mutually between mentors and mentees)
  • Stage One: Personal Career Development (June to August): Mentee hubs and mentors meet and discuss mentee’s personal career development, goal setting, etc.
  • Stage Two: Creative Case Study Challenge (September to November): Each mentor will pose their group a case study challenge to solve. Working as a team, the mentees will develop a creative solution and present it at the closing Symposium.


  • Round Two Professional Development Workshops, to which mentees are encouraged to attend.


  • The Mentorship Program will culminate in a final Symposium. Each mentee hub will present the results of their project, followed by networking and celebrating the end of the project.


Mentee Eligibility

This program is open to artists, arts administrators / producers / curators /managers in all disciplines (visual art, music, theatre, dance, literary arts).

Applicants must:

  • Be between 19 and 30 years old
  • Currently be a resident of Ontario
  • Be within the first 10 years of their professional career
  • Have completed their education (either formal or self-taught)
  • Demonstrate artistic merit or administration experience.

Mentees are ineligible if:

  • Currently a full time student
  • Considered a mid-career or established artist
  • Have participated in a mentorship program in the last year


Application Process

There is a two-step process to apply as a mentee:

Step 1: Letter of Intent & Support Material

  • Letter of Intent, maximum 2 pages, outlining the mentees:

         - Expectations of this program for their career growth
         - Five year career goals
         - Projects or topics requiring mentoring/coaching
         - Ideal mentor and mentor hub composition (i.e. multi or single discipline, language, etc.)

  • Reference letter from someone in the arts community, a current or previous employer, teacher/instructor, etc.
  • For artists: sample of arts work (5 jpegs, 3 mins of audio/video, or 2 pages of writing) and c.v.
  • For arts administrators: resume

Applications must be emailed to the Program Manager at no later than 5 p.m. on May 15

Step 2: “Speed” Interviews

  • Prospective mentees will be interviewed by potential mentors and members of the Young Arts Leaders Collective in a ‘speed-dating’ style interview in mid-May.


For more information: please contact the Program Manager, Cassandra Olsthoorn, at

613-580-2767 or

This program is made possible by support from the Ontario 150 Partnership Program and is in partnership with the Cultural Human Resources Council.

Arts Career Development
Workshop Series

Get your arts career off the ground with this new foundational workshop series. This new series, presented by AOE Arts Council’s Young Arts Professional Hub Mentorship Program, funded by Ontario150, will help you get going whether you are just starting out, a few years in or need a refresher.

The workshops are open to all, but will help you prepare for your application to the Mentorship Program. Presented by Christina Devine and Victoria Steele.

Arts Career Management 101

Tuesday, May 2, 4 to 7 p.m.

Proposal Writing Basics
Tuesday, May 9, 4 to 7 p.m.

Elevator Pitch & Networking
Tuesday, May 16, 4 to 7 p.m.

Free to AOE Arts Council members and OSA Diploma Fine Arts Students under the age of 30
$10 for non-members or AOE Arts Council members 31+

Additional workshops in this series will be presented in Fall 2017.