Careers in the Arts 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 professionals working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Careers in the Arts Mentorship Programming is made possible by the Province of Manitoba.

Creative Manitoba pledges to make best efforts to prioritize opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds or from equity-seeking individuals and communities, with the goal of 50% of programs holding space for participants who identify as IBPOC or from equity seeking groups.

We currently offer three streams of mentorship:

 1. Individual mentorships (ages 19-29 residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area)
Professional mentorship pairs work on a 7-month custom mentorship program.
APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED for the 2020/21 Program 2020/21 program roster

2 . Group mentorships (ages 16-19 residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area)
8 introductory sessions, February – May, run with partner organizations in the industry.
2021 Changes: Virtual programming, opening up to communities outside Winnipeg
APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 PROGRAM NOW CLOSED **If you’re interested in The Theatre Design Lab or Manitoba Music Large Group program contact program manager!

3. Rural/community mentorships (ages 16-29 living outside of Winnipeg)
Customized to the pairing or group, mentorship programs take place over any period of 5 months between September and June 1. Applications are assessed as they are received.
APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED for 2020/2
1 – applications open September 2021

For more information, contact Program Manager Dora Carroll mentor@creativemanitoba.ca 

APPLICATIONS WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED for the 2020/21 Program – thanks to all who applied.

Youth and young adults ages 19-29, residing in Winnipeg or within 75 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 October through beginning of May.

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 (some exceptions, please inquire).  The mentee is responsible for preparing and submitting the application on behalf of the proposed mentorship pair. 
  2. A mentee may apply without a specific mentor and if selected, Creative Manitoba will make their best effort to match the youth with an appropriate mentor.  Priority will be given to applications with mentors attached, or at least a wishlist of mentor choices.
  3. A mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing mentor@creativemanitoba.ca with a CV or résumé and cover letter outlining their area of expertise and interest in being a mentor.

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. 
  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 the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca.

Application Documents (2020 versions):

  1. Read tips for applying
  2. Read mentee guidelines
  3. Read mentor guidelines
  4. Application Questions (For Advance Preparation)
  5. Download mentor application form
  6. Download nominator support form

APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 PROGRAM BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE THEATRE DESIGN LAB AND MUSIC BIZ LARGE SESSION ONLY – CONTACT PROGRAM MANAGER
Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship offers youth the chance to participate in an introductory group mentorship program run by partnering industry organizations in a choice of four different arts disciplines. Each program offers 8 weekly evening sessions and a final event/presentation.  Led by an established lead mentor, each session also features guest mentors who will introduce youth to all facets of a career in their chosen creative discipline. Program disciplines are subject to change year to year.
Creative Manitoba pledges to make best efforts to prioritize opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds or from equity-seeking individuals and communities, with the goal of 50% of programs holding space for participants who identify as IBPOC or from equity-seeking groups.
**Due to COVID-19 2021 programs are being run on digital platforms**

Dates: Programs run between February – May, specific dates below for each program.

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

Program disciplines:

  1. Filmmaking 
  2. Music Industry
  3. Interactive Media – Video Game Design
  4. Theatre Design

How to apply:

  1. Pick your program discipline, read through the program details below.
  2. Read through the application.
  3. Download the nominator form and have it completed by a teacher or unrelated adult familiar with you / your work. *required
  4. If you are under 18, download the permission form and have it completed by your parent or guardian. *required if under 18
  5. Collect requested supporting materials: resume (PDF please), samples of your work (PDF please – only required for some programs)  
  6. Fill out the online application AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE and attach all supporting materials. Be sure to include your name on any attached file names. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. You are able to save an incomplete application to continue later.

    Troubleshooting tips:
    1- make sure ALL required questions are answered
    2- make sure ALL required attachments are attached, PDF file, under the 512MB file size limit

    If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

1. Film
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Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Program title:  Navigating Filmmaking
Dates:
Wednesday evenings – Feb 17, Feb 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21 & 28 (final presentations)
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Lead Mentor:  Ryan Steel
Location: ONLINE

The Creative Manitoba Youth Group Filmmaking Mentorship is a program for aspiring filmmakers to get valuable guidance from an array of working professionals in Manitoba’s film industry. Each week the group joins a video call with someone involved in a different aspect of filmmaking. The topics will range from independent filmmaking, how to get into Manitoba’s film industry, distributing your film, and various technical skills. There will also be an independent study where each filmmaker makes their own movie and gets feedback from established filmmakers. This program is the place for young filmmakers to network and accelerate their careers.

2. music industry
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Partner: Manitoba Music
Program title: Music Biz
Dates: Large Group – February 16,  February 23, March 2, March 9
Small Groups – March 16 – April 29 *dates for small groups below
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Lead Mentor:  Ashley Au
Location: ONLINE

Music Biz will have two options for participation:
Large-group 4 seminar evenings for those interested in the current state of the music industry
Small-group 4 large group seminar evenings PLUS 4 sessions of mentorship in a specialized area of interest (3 programs)

Large Group Sessions – If you aren’t sure of what category to sign up for or what kind of mentorship would help you right now, you have the chance to take part in four general music business sessions to learn about various aspects of the music biz. Sessions include:

  • Intro to the Music Biz with Claire Boning (Manitoba Music)
  • Equity & Solidarity Work in Music with Alan Greyeyes (sākihiwē festival)
  • Music Supervision (sync placements in tv, film, advertisements, etc) with Adele Ho (Supergroup)
  • Social Media & Branding with Anthony Sannie (Artist, Anthony OKS)
    Sign up for the Large Group session only here: https://forms.gle/7x5vaN1cBK9iZkSD6

Small Group SessionsParticipants will have the opportunity to work in small groups with mentors in a specialized area of the music industry of their choosing.
In addition to the small group mentor sessions, participants will take part in the 4 large group sessions to get to know each other and learn about the current state of the music industry.

Small Group #1 – Songwriting, Sound Engineering + Production
Program Mentor: Sierra Noble
Small Group Sessions: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 27 final presentations (+ see above for large group dates and times)
Work with your program mentor to sharpen your songwriting skills, record and produce your own music, and virtually meet with top audio engineers in the city for virtual tours of their studios

Small Group #2 – Managing a Professional Music Career
Program Mentor: Andrea Davis
Small Group Sessions: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 28 final presentations (+ see above for large group dates and times)
Whether you’re a musician or someone who is interested in artist management, building a career in the music industry is possible and this program will show you how! Sessions will include learning what goes on behind the scenes of a successful music career, how to get your music noticed, how to apply for funding, and more!

Small Group #3 – Music Event Planning, Promotion, Content Creation
Program Mentor: Brendan Kinley
Small Group Sessions: Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 March 18, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 29 final presentations (+ see above for large group dates and times)
Want to put on an amazing live or virtual music event? Learn what goes into organizing a memorable show experience as well as how to use effective promotional tools to create interesting content and buzz for your music.

3. interactive media – Video game design 
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PartnerNew Media Manitoba
Program title: Developing 2D Character Art for Games
Dates: Tuesday evenings – March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 (final presentation)
Time:  6:00 – 8:00pm
Lead Mentor:  Amy Gerardy
Location:  ONLINE

Are you a student who wants to learn what it takes to create character art for video games? Well this eight-part virtual workshop is could be just what you are looking for.

New Media Manitoba in partnership with Creative Manitoba is proud to present Developing 2D Character Art for Games. This eight part workshop series, led by an industry professional, kicks off March 2nd and runs till April 13th. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn about making art specifically for video games. From the initial rough sketch to implementing the final character art into a narrative game engine students will take in the whole process.

The workshops cover:

  • How to use digital art tools to sketch, make clean line art, and build up colour and value.
  • Art fundamentals such as anatomy, perspective and colour theory.
  • Designing expressive poses and facial expressions.
  • How to use basic scripting in Ren’py to display character art, print text, and create menus that allow the player to choose where the story goes.

Instructor Bio:
Amy Gerardy is an illustrator and game developer currently working as a freelance artist. She usually has a variety of projects on the go, from making prints and books to marketing materials and art assets for games. She’s contributed her art to numerous projects as a frequent game jam participant including several that have grown into larger titles such as Sort the Court and Mirror Mortis.

4. Theatre Design
One Trunk Theatre

Partner: One Trunk Theatre
Program title: The Theatre Design Lab
Dates:
 Tuesday evenings: March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11 (final presentation)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Led by: Andraea Sartison (director), Joseph Abetria (costume design), MJ Dandeneau (sound design) , Nalo Soyini Bruce (set design), Andy Moro (lighting design)
Location:  ONLINE


Theatre is a team effort! It takes visual artists, musicians, writers, directors and performers. This 8 week introductory course is for students who want to learn about design for theatre. The course will include classes on set, costume, lighting and sound design, led by renowned local and national professional designers.

Throughout the course the students will learn about four major areas of theatre design, work with a professional director (Andraea Sartison) to analyze a new play in development by a local emerging playwright, create a design concept for the play in their chosen design area, and be coached through a presentation of the design for the playwright and director. The course is facilitated by One Trunk Theatre Artistic Producer Andraea Sartison and Artistic Administrator Kara Joseph. 

Creative Manitoba offers a mentorship program for youth ages 16-29 living outside Winnipeg, within Manitoba. Experienced Professional artists are contracted to provide mentorship with an individual or small group of youth in a rural community,  over a 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. Priority will be given to mentors who reside in a rural community.

Dates:

  • Proposals / Applications for this program are accepted between August and December each year, or until the program is full.
  • Mentorships take place over any period of 5 months, completed by June 1 at the latest.

How it works:

  • A mentor may work with 1 to 5 youth/young adults (simultaneously) 
  • 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 mentee(s), under their mentor’s direction, must commit an additional 5 hours per month fulfilling volunteer, community and networking opportunities. (25 hours total)
  • Programs are custom designed to each mentor/mentee group. They may take place over a longer timeline as long as the hourly commitments are fulfilled and the program is completed by June 1.

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. 

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 mentee may express interest without a specific mentor in mind, but with a wishlist and an idea for the program by emailing mentor@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. A nominator form is required for mentees applying without a mentor.
  4. Email the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca with a brief description and timeline for your proposal and you will be contacted and/or sent the applicable mentee and mentor application forms.