The WARM Mentor Program
The WARM Mentor Program was founded to ensure that women are full participants in the development of the visual arts and culture in their communities and society. This program responds to unique challenges women artists face., such as balancing professional life with family and community responsibilities; redressing women artists historic under-representation in the public eye by promoting strong female artist role models; supporting diversity in artistic expressions by women; and establishing financially viable careers.
The Mentor Program is designed for the serious artist who is in the early stage of her career. Each participant pairs with a professional woman artist or Mentor for a two-year term beginning in January, 2005. Mentors serve as role models for their protegees, sharing their wisdom and professional skills and providing supportive critique. Since the program was founded in 1982, it has served more than 350 women artists. Many have gone on to make significant contributions to the arts.
The program capacity is 25 Mentor/Protegee pairs. It offers:
Mentors come from diverse backgrounds and bring various skills from university, traditional and other training. They are selected on the basis of their desire to pass on their knowledge to developing artists, their support for WARMs mission and purpose, and their record of excellence in professional artistic achievement.
The WARM Mentor Program tuition of $1500 includes
Some partial scholarships may be made available, depending on program funding.
They also participate in workshops, critiques, networking events, the final exhibition, and a program evaluation.
Download an application form the WARM webiste, thewarm.org or request an application packet from WARM by calling Mentor Program Coordinator Judy Bracci at 651/459-2725, or by leaving a message at the WARM office, 651/292-1188.
Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15, 2004.
As a prospective protégée, you are encouraged to find out all you can about the mentors before you apply. You can research the in the following ways:
Mentor Interview period: Nov. 12 - Nov. 30, 2004.
Arrange for personal interviews with mentors during the interview period. Through interviews, the process of forming the Mentor/Protégée teams takes place. Teams will be finalized by Dec. 15, 2004.
If scholarship funding becomes available for the 2005-2006 Program round, Scholarship applications may be submitted by Mentor/Protegee teams between Dec. 1 and Dec. 17, 2004.
For more information, please call Judy Bracci, Mentor Program Coordinator, 651/459-2725