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.

Visual 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.

Students:
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 20th 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.

UPDATE: The 2019 Artist Mentors have been selected! Each has long professional experience in their field and we are excited to offer such a broad range of opportunities in different fields of the arts under the mentorship of such outstanding individuals.

The 2019 artist mentor are as follows.

Amy Lynn Stevenson, Artist and Illustrator. “I will encourage my student to explore and find their own unique style using drawing and acrylic painting techniques. we will do research and discover a variety of artists’ works that will challenge and inspire us, reaching to new levels.”

Tim Arlon, Songwriting and Development, Band Mentoring: “I intend to develop my student’s musical ideas, exploring the passion they have for their art. We will work on songwriting, song structure, arrangement, and either or both individual and band practice , as applicable.”

Angela Sowers, Metal-Smithing, Art, And Jewelry: “I have a home studio in downtown Ojai that includes 3 work stations to work easily with a student. I work with a variety of tools and materials including texturing hammers, mandrels, flex shaft, and soldering torch with Oxygen. I will teach my student safety precautions in using these items, as well as how to create beautiful art using them.”

Richard Kuhlman, Acting, Directing, Improvisation and Comedy: “I have an extensive library of plays to draw upon, not to mention what is available online. Together, the student and I will develop a simple acting piece that can serve them well in their college years and beyond. My approach to this kind of work is to discover and utilize the student’s existing strength and to stretch their abilities towards new achievements.”

Dave Cipriani, Guitarist in Many Styles, Introduction to Music from Different Cultures:“My intention with the student is to develop a repertoire of songs and ideas for them house for composition and improvisation. My student will learn pre-existing (traditional) repertoire as well as create original work. The student will learn music concepts from around the world and choose ideas from different cultures of India and Africa. We will perform both traditional and original style pieces.”

More information about the individual artists will follow in a separate post as soon as possible, so check this website again, and our Facebook Page entitled City of Ojai Arts Commission. This is a really exciting opportunity for students who are keen to develop their own art form or to try something completely new.

Students, apply below!