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MARNmentorship Program Open Call for Mentors and Mentees

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2022 11:59PM CST

There is no fee to apply and you do not need to be a MARN member to apply.

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The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) is pleased to announce an open call for mentors and mentees in the Greater Milwaukee artist community to participate in a one-year program from July 1, 2022 - July 1, 2023. The MARNmentorship program, previously know as MARNmentors, has an immense 18-year legacy and is under new leadership by Program Director, Lois Bielefeld for the 2022-23 program cycle. MARN is interested in working with all creative fields from visual arts to comedy to curatorial practices within this program.  MARNmentorship endeavors to develop and support emerging artists while fostering an exciting reciprocal relationship between mentor and mentee. Additionally, the program focuses on both the mentees' professional development and building community and long-lasting relationships in the arts in Milwaukee. This call for mentors and mentees is open to all open to all artists in the Greater Milwaukee area except if you are a student enrolled in  2 or more classes in a semester (if you are taking one class in a semester you may still apply).

Please submit all applications in Submittable with a buffer of time in case you have unforeseen technical difficulties. 

Scroll down to see the program and application details for both Mentees and Mentors.

2022 Timeline* of Call and Program Start:

Submission Deadline: May 17,  11:59PM CST

Email Notification to Selected mentors and mentees: June 7, 11:59PM CST 

MARN Connections- Speed Meetings for mentoring pairing: June 20, 6PM CST

Pairings Announced: June 22

Program Commences: July 1

*MARN reserves the right to adjust this schedule if a need arises.

Program information for Mentees:

Mentee Definition: An emerging artist who wants to grow, develop, and experiment while having guidance and a consistent advisor. In this mentorship, the mentee is safe to question, be vulnerable and open, take risks through materials and ideas, and ultimately learn to develop a rich practice with a sounding board they can return to, lean on, and grow from.

MARNmentorship Program Mentee Requirements:

  • A year commitment to your mentor and the program (Jul 1, 2022- July 1, 2023)
  • If accepted, there is a $100 tuition payment to participate in the program (this can be spread out in 4 payments over the year and there is financial aid if needed). See Program Benefits below including a 1-year CREATIVE MARN Membership.
  • Meeting a minimum of 2 hours every month with your Mentor (scheduled directly with them)
  • Participation in monthly MARN professional development workshops, events, and programming (2+ hours a month)
  • Available for MARNmentorship Connection an event where Mentors and Mentees will meet and speed greet for pairings on June 20, 2022 at 6PM at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB
  • Participation in the Mentor+Mentee exhibition April 14 - June 4, 2023 and participation in catalog/zine published in conjunction with the show (if there is group interest in a publication)
  • Available for two Zoom check-ins with the Program Director, Lois Bielefeld, over the program year

Program Benefits: 1-year CREATIVE MARN Membership, mentoring with an established artist, professional development workshops (workshop themes include: grant writing, artist statement development, business 101, understanding gallery representation, pricing), headshots, portfolio review, field-trips, networking and community building.

Mentee Application Details:

Section 1: Demographics

Section 2: Applicant Information

Section 3: Written Responses

  • Biography
  • Artist Statement
  • Answer the following Q: MARNmentorship is an artist mentorship program that creates the conditions for an exchange of ideas among mentors, mentees, influential artists, curators, and educators who participate. Why is access to a mentorship and supportive environment particularly meaningful to your artistic practice at this moment?

Section 4: Work Samples

  • Applicants can submit a minimum of 5 work samples and up to 7 work samples.
  • Works need to be made within the past 3 years.
  • All mediums welcome- you can apply with a variety of types of works. For example- still images, PDF of a book, time based media, documentation of installations, documentation of a performance, and writing samples.
  • This is about your development as an artist, so we are interested in what you are working on now and thinking about. You can share  finalized pieces but know you can also share work in progress, and sketches (notate in description).

SUBMISSION SPECIFICS (read carefully):

Images:

  • Image files must be .jpg,  .png, .gif, a maximum of 72 dpi & 2000 pixels longest side.

Video/Audio:

  • Videos & Audio are limited to a total of 5 minutes. You can divide the 5 minutes up into multiple works however you like.
  • Videos need to be submitted as a YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox link in Description (if it is password protected make sure to include password in description). You must upload a film still in the image uploader to represent the work, don't try to upload the video here.
  • Audio files you can upload directly into Submittable- accepted formats are m4a, mp3, wav
  • If the work is an audio installation consider uploading an installation photo and adding the excerpt as a link in the description as a SoundCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox link

Writing:

  • Writing samples- limited to 250 words per work sample (poetry, essay, critical writing/theory, fiction, etc) 
  • File Formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .txt

Curatorial:

  • Submit show ideas, actual show installation examples, catalog examples (PDFs), sketched ideas, written proposals 

NOTE: If the work is selected, submitted materials may be used for promotional purposes. Please take this into consideration.


Program information for Mentors:

Mentor Definition: Established, working artist committed both to their practice and the Milwaukee art community. The mentor digs into their years of knowledge, experience, edifying mistakes, and networks to share and create a space of potential for the mentee.

MARNmentorship Program Mentor Requirements:

  • Stipend: $1140 paid in 4 installments over the program year + 1-year CREATIVE MARN Membership!
  • A year commitment to your mentee and the program (July 1, 2022- July 1, 2023)
  • Meeting a minimum of 2 hours every month with your Mentee (scheduled directly with them)
  • Available for MARNmentorship Connection, an event where Mentors and Mentees will meet and speed greet for pairings on June 20, 2022 at 6PM at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB
  • Participation in the Mentor+Mentee exhibition April 14 - June 4, 2023 and participation in catalog/zine published in conjunction with the show (if there is group interest in a publication)
  • Participation in some of the MARNmentorship programming events
  • 1 hour Group Studio Visit where you share your studio and practice with mentee group
  • Continue to assess and flex your mentoring style to meet the Mentees needs and  interests
  • Available for two Zoom check-ins with the Program Director, Lois Bielefeld, over the program year

Mentor application details:

Section 1: Demographics

Section 2: Applicant Information 

  • Applicant information
  • Website/portfolio link
  • CV/Resume

Section 3: Program Qs+ Written Responses

  • Biography

       Questions:

  • In your opinion, what is the role of the mentor?
  • How will you approach your 1 an 1 monthly mentoring sessions?
  • Why are you interested in becoming a MARN mentor?

More details in the application.


Please submit the following items by Tuesday, May 17 at 11:59PM CST. Please note, applicants must sign in or create a Submittable Account to access the submission form.

Late submissions will not be accepted. It is recommended that applicants submit at least 15 minutes prior to the deadline in the event that troubleshooting is required. MARN does not have access to draft submissions. MARN does not accept any applications through email or in person. If you have any issues submitting your application, please email lois@marnarts.org prior to the submission deadline.



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