Careers in the Arts Youth and Young Adult Mentorship

Mentors and mentees of the 2019-20 individual mentorship program.

About youth and young adult mentorship

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts youth and young adult mentorship programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to careers in arts and culture. Participants are mentored by someone working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the Province of Manitoba. We currently offer three streams of mentorship:

 1. Individual  mentorship pairs (for 19-29 year-old residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area.) See who participated in the 2019-2020 placement. The 2019-20 program is no longer accepting applicants. The application window for 2020-21 will be open in May 2020.  

2 . Group mentorships (for ages 16-19) in Film-making, Creative writing, Music Management and Promotion, and Interactive Digital Media.  8 session programs run between January and April.  All 2019 programs are now complete. Applications will be accepted starting in mid-October for the winter 2020 programs.

3. Rural/community mentorship (for youth ages 16-29 living outside of Winnipeg). Applications will be accepted between July and December of each year. Programs may take place over any period of 5-8 months between August and June.  Please contact the program coordinator if you have a proposal. Applications are assessed as they are received. 

For more information, contact Jan Skene at jan@creativemanitoba.ca or call Creative Manitoba at 204-927-2787.

Group mentorship (16-19 year-olds)

Group mentorship (16-19 year-olds) 

2019-20 Programs

About:

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts offers youth the chance to participate in a choice of four different group mentorship programs. Each program offers 8 evening sessions and a final event/presentation.  Led by an established lead mentor, each session features guest mentors who will introduce youth to all facets of their chosen creative discipline. Start dates vary depending on the chosen discipline, but programs generally start the last week or second last week of February.

Application Dates:

The application window for the 2019-20 sessions opens in mid October.
Deadline for Applications is December 13, 2019. All programs start in late February.

Fees:

Programs are free of charge for youth selected through our application process.

Stream options:

  1. Film Industry 
  2. Music Industry (The Biz)
  3. Art & Design in Video Games
  4. Creative Writing

How to apply:

  1. Pick your stream and read through the program details below. Read through the application form.
  2. Download the nominator form and have it completed by a teacher or unrelated adult familiar with your work.
  3. If you are under 18, download the permission form and have it completed by your parent or guardian.
  4. Collect any other supporting materials: your resume, samples of your work etc. 
  5. Prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from.
  6. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. Be sure to include your name or initials on any attached file name. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. If needed, you will be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  7. If you questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact Jan Skene, Mentorship Programs Manager at jan@creativemanitoba.ca.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

1. Film Industry

1. Film INDUSTRY

Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Dates: Wednesdays February 26 – April 22 (no session April 1) 
Plus a weekend shoot and public screening – dates TBA
Time: 6:00 to 8:30
Lead Mentor:  Ryan Steel
Location: Winnipeg Film Group  (3rd Floor, 100 Arthur St. )

About:
 The Youth Mentorship program in Filmmaking will introduce participants to the art and industry of filmmaking, from writing and storytelling to the technical side of making films and the multi-faceted career options on the tech-crew side of the industry. Participants will be introduced to leading organizations and important contributors to Manitoba’s film industry. Participants will take part in producing a short film, complete with public screening.

Youth will:

  • Demonstrate a strong aptitude and interest in storytelling, writing, communications or technical aspects of filmmaking
  • Articulate concise goals for participation (on application form)
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and enthusiasm for learning
  • Provide samples of film-work (links) as part of the application if possible

2. Music Industry (The Biz)

2. Music Industry (The Biz)

Partner: Manitoba Music
Dates: Thursdays, February 27 – April 23 (no session April 2)
Plus a final showcase event  – date TBA
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentor:  Ashley Au
Location: Manitoba Music (1-376 Donald St.)

About:   Participants in this program will discover what it takes to be part of the ever-changing, do-it-yourself climate of today’s music industry while meeting face to face with the professionals who are on the ground making it happen. As their final project, participants will work on concert curation and production, using their organizational, technical, communication, and/or performance skills. Sign up for an interactive introduction to the roles and careers that make the exciting world of music go ‘round. For music fans, musicians, or music techs.

Youth will:

  • Have a love of music and an interest in learning about careers in music: Topics covered will include, making and releasing recordings, promotion, backstage, funding and networking
  • Articulate clearly their own goals for participation in the program (on application form)
  • Have a strong work ethic, communication skills and enthusiasm for learning

 

 

 

 

3. Art & Design in Video Games

3. Art & design in Video games

PartnerNew Media Manitoba
Dates: Tuesdays, February 25 to April 21 (no session March 31) 
Plus a final event – TBA
Time:  5:30 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentor:  Rebecca Harrison.  
Location:  100-62 Albert Street

About:  Participants in this program will be given a unique opportunity to enter the world of character design from a professional video game designer.  Mentees will learn how to collaborate, present and bring character ideas to life starting with pen and paper sketch concepts, then moving to a comprehensive exploration of 3D modeling including rigging a skeleton, animation, texturing and level-design. With access to some of the best of the local industry, youth mentees will take their first steps towards making video games of their own!

Youth will:

  • Have a love of art and digital media as well as an interest in: learning about working as a professional digital artist; areas of specialization within the digital art community; and how to put together portfolio ready work
  • Articulate clearly their own goals for participation in the program (online application form).
  • Have a strong work ethic, computer skills and enthusiasm for learning
  • Artistic inclination and basic photoshop skills are an asset but not required for this mentorship stream; art enthusiasts are encouraged to apply. 

4. Creative Writing

4. Creative Writing

PartnerWinnipeg Public Library
Dates: 8 Wednesdays, February 19 – April 15 plus a final event.
Time:  5:30 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentor:  Carolyn Gray
Location:  Anhang Room, Millennium Library (251 Donald St.)

About: Youth participants will explore the creative writing process, storytelling, communication and career opportunities in a variety of writing genres. Participants will give a public reading of their work and will publish a group anthology at the end of the program.

Youth will:

  • Demonstrate strong aptitude and interest in storytelling, writing and communicating
  • Articulate concise goals for participation in the program (on application form)
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and enthusiasm for learning
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills as program communication will be conducted online

 

 

 

 

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Rural/community mentorship (16-29 year-olds)

Rural/community mentorship (16–29 year-olds)

About:

Creative Manitoba offers a mentorship program for youth ages 16-29 living outside Winnipeg but within Manitoba. Experienced artists working in rural communities are contracted to provide mentorship with an individual or small group of youth over a total period of five months. Mentorship partnerships are aimed at a variety of artistic disciplines, including: writing/publishing, museum, film, photography, crafts, multimedia, design, theatre, dance, music and visual arts with an artistic, administrative or technical focus.

Dates:

  • Proposals for this program are accepted between July and November each year, or until the program is full. 
  • Mentorships may take place over any period of 5-8 months, completed by June at the latest.
  • Exceptions to this timeline will be considered dependent on the proposal’s specific needs.

How it works:

  • A mentor may work with 1 to 3 youth (simultaneously) depending on the age of the youth.
  • Mentors and mentees must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 direct contact hours per month working together on their artistic pursuit, for a total of five months (25 hours).
  • The youth mentee, under their mentor’s direction, must commit an additional 5 hours per month fulfilling volunteer, community and networking opportunities. (25 hours total)
  • Programs may be custom designed to take place over a longer timeline as long as the hourly commitments are fulfilled and the program is completed by June 30.

Fees:

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $1,500 based on the time commitments above. Mentors selected to participate will be required to become a member of Creative Manitoba.  Community organizations who act as liaisons will receive $200.00.

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee(s) should apply as a team. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
  2. A youth may express interest without a specific mentor in mind, or a  mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing jan@creativemanitoba.ca .
  3. Mentors may express interest without a mentee attached but will be expected to assist in the process of identifying potential youth mentees from their area/community.

How to apply:  

  1. Read the mentor guidelines  
  2. Read the mentee guidelines
  3. Contact Jan Skene, Mentorship Programs Manager at jan@creativemanitoba.ca to discuss your proposal and you will be sent the applicable application forms.

 

Individual mentorship (For ages 19-29)

Individual mentorship (For ages 19-29)

About

Youth and young adults ages 19-29, residing in Winnipeg or within 50 km, can be mentored in any artistic discipline–creative, administrative, or technical. Within the chosen artistic area, the program’s aim is to offer structured one-on-one tutelage from a recognized mentor, networking opportunities within the industry, volunteer work experience and development of essential skills and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector. The program runs over 7 months, from late September through April. APPLICATION WINDOW IS OPEN BETWEEN mid May and late June each year. 

Fees

Participants selected for this program will be required to become Creative Manitoba members at a cost of $15-$20.
Mentors receive an honourarium of $2,000. 

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee may apply as a team, with the support of a third-party nominator. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
  2. A youth may apply without a specific mentor in mind, and if selected, Creative Manitoba will make their best effort to find an appropriate mentor.
  3. A mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing jan@creativemanitoba.ca with a CV or résumé and a cover letter outlining their area of expertise.

How to apply as  1) Mentee-Mentor Team or 2)  Mentee only:  

(See #3 above if you are submitting your interest in being considered as a mentor). 

  1. Read all guidelines, tips and forms provided in the application package below. Read the application.
  2. Prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from. Collaborate with your mentor on any necessary areas (Eg: your one paragraph mentorship proposal).
  3. Collect your supporting materials. Have your mentor send you their completed application form and their résumé or CV. Have your nominator send you their completed nomination form. Be sure to include your name or initials in the file name.
  4. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. If needed, you will be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  5. If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact Jan Skene, Mentorship Programs Manager at jan@creativemanitoba.ca.

Application package:

  1. Read tips for applying
  2. Read mentee guidelines
  3. Read mentor guidelines
  4. Download mentor application form
  5. Download nominator support form

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