KC Adams with mentee Storm Angeconeb

Careers in the arts youth and young adult mentorship

KC Adams with mentee Storm Angeconeb (2016-17 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.) Applications for this program are accepted between May and June of each year. The program runs from September to May. The next application process will open May 1, 2018.

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.

Application DEADLINE EXTENDED up to FEB 2 for the Film-making program. (See tab below for details and application process).

3. Rural/community mentorship (for youth ages 16-29 living outside of Winnipeg). Applications are accepted between August and October each year. Programs may take place over any period of 5-8 months between October and June.  The 2017-18 program is currently underway.

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)

Application DEADLINE EXTENDED for the film-making program

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts offers you the chance to participate in a group mentorship program in one of the programs listed below.

All programs are free of charge.

Please read the guidelines before submitting the nominator form* and filling out the online application form.  Read through the application questions before starting to complete.  Partially completed applications are not saved. *Nominator forms and parent permission forms may be sent directly from the nominator’s or parent’s email address, in which case a signature is not required.  Send to mentor@creativemanitoba.ca and put the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Faxes will also be accepted at: 204 927-2789

Download Permission/Nominator Form

Filmmaking (applications accepted until February 2)

8 sessions run every Wednesday starting Feb. 7
The Youth Mentorship program in Filmmaking will introduce participants to the art of filmmaking, from writing and storytelling to the technical side of making films. Participants will have the opportunity to make a short film.
Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Download guidelines-filmmaking

Music marketing and promotion (application process closed for this program)

8 sessions run every second Monday starting January 15
The Youth Mentorship program in Music Marketing and Promotion will introduce participants to a variety of fields within the music industry including: artist management, record marketing, publicity and concert promotion. Participants learn from music industry professionals, while also working directly on the production, release and promotion of a music project. Musical performance skills are not required for this mentorship stream; music enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.
Partner: Manitoba Music
Download guidelines-music marketing & promotion

NEW! Interactive Digital Media (application process closed for this program)

Youth participants will be introduced to the exciting world of interactive digital media focussing on career, networking and training opportunities within our community. Students will have the opportunity to take a portfolio ready character design sheet and exhibit their work in a gallery setting.
Partner: New Media Manitoba
Download guidelines-interactive digital media

Creative writing (application process closed for this program)

The Youth Mentorship program in writing fiction will introduce participants to the writing process, storytelling and communication. Participants will give a public reading of their work and will publish a group anthology at the end of the course.
Partner: Winnipeg Public Library
Download guidelines-creative writing

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

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

Applications for this program are accepted between August and October each year. Programs may take place over any period of 5-8 months between October 2017 and June 2018. The 2017-18 program is currently underway.  

Download mentor guidelines
Download mentor application form

Download mentee guidelines
Download mentee application form

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.

  • 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)
  • A mentor may work with 1 to 3 youth (simultaneously) depending on the age of the youth.
  • Where possible, mentors and mentees should apply together.
  • 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, 2018.
  • Mentors will receive an honorarium of $1,500 based on the time commitments above.

Individual mentorship (19-29 year-olds)

Individual mentorship (19-29 year-olds)

For residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area.

Applications for this program are accepted between May and June of each year. The program runs from September to May. The 2017/18 program is currently underway.

Download mentor guidelines
Download mentee guidelines

The next application process will open May 1, 2018.

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. Participants selected for this program will be required to become Creative Manitoba members at a cost of $15-$20. There is no additional fee for selected mentees. Mentors receive an honourarium of $2,000.

There are three ways to apply for this program:

  1. Mentor and mentee may apply as a team, with the mentor acting as the youth’s 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 apply individually, indicating their interest and availability, and will be kept on file for a potential match up.