Artists Mentor Program

Now in it’s 6th year, this popular, growing, and highly rewarding program returns! There are 5 mentorships available, with local, professional artists of all genres each mentoring one high-school student in an unforgettable, sometimes life-changing experience for both artist and student.

The Nuts and Bolts.
The Ojai Arts Commission has funding for 4 mentor-mentee pairings, while the Ojai Education Foundation funds a fifth. The minimum commitment is 50 hours of mentorship, which may be completed at any time and in any way over the summer vacation. Artists and students make their own schedules together.

At the end of the mentorship, artists and students will be honored at a ceremony at City Hall in late August, where they will give a short presentation about their experiences during the program. Students will have an opportunity to publicly and professionally display – for at least a month – any work they may have produced with their mentor during the summer.

Artists will also be given the opportunity to display their work to the public for the same amount of time in the Wilson Gallery at the Ojai Valley Museum.

Information for Artists:
Artists may come from any discipline – visual arts, music, theater, literary, film, dance etc. Each participating artist is provided with a $750 stipend and moneys are available to compensate for any extra supplies that are needed, upon completion of the program. Artists must commit to at least 50 hours of mentoring at times to be arranged with the student. The application deadline for artists is March 31st 2019 and applications forms may be filled and submitted below, or can be filled out in person at City Hall.

Artists apply and are selected on the basis of student demand for a particulate field of the arts, and the Commission’s desire to have as many different disciplines as possible represented. Next, students are invited to apply for positions with the mentors.

Once the artists have been selected, students interested in the particular fields of art offered for mentoring may apply. Students applying must be resident in the Ojai Valley. They must be Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors and may come from any school, public or private, but must not be boarding students. Scholarships up to $500 are available. The deadline for student applications is May 15th 2019 and application forms, when they are available after artist selection, may be completed online here, or in person at City Hall.

Each year an increasing number of students apply but, because funding is limited to just 5 mentors and 5 mentees, selection is unfortunately not guaranteed. The only requirement of students, however, is that they be enthusiastic about learning their chosen art form, and committed to at least 50 hours of mentoring.

Artists, apply here: