Mentorship for Teen Artists of Color (M-TAC)
WHAT IS M-TAC?
The Mentorship for Teen Artists of Color (M-TAC) is hosted by TeenTix, in partnership with The Colorization Collective (a teen-run organization that promotes diversity in the arts). This program will specifically allow teen artists of color to hone their artwork under the guidance of professional mentors. This is a great way for teens to better their craft, build connections in the arts community, and present their art!
This mentorship is for teens interested in visual arts (digital arts, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.), writing (poetry, creative nonfiction, etc.) and performing arts (musical theater, acting, etc.). Teens will be put into either a visual arts, writing, or performing arts cohort, and each group will be paired with a professional mentor of color to create or workshop a piece specifically for the program showcase. Teens will also have the opportunity to hear from BIPOC industry experts (past panelists have ranged from the Emmy-winning composer of Bridgerton, Kris Bowers, to Disney animator Kee Suong) and participate in skill-building workshops.
Teens in the M-TAC program will also be the first to hear about special TeenTix opportunities and events, participate in workshops during the school year, and have the chance to have their work commissioned by TeenTix.
Create or workshop a piece (or pieces) specifically for the program showcase
Develop an elevator pitch and artist bio
Commit to attending all meetings during the mentorship
Actively participate and engage during mentor sessions by communicating with your mentor and other teens in your cohort
Be active on email for all primary group communication and communication with your mentor, and Colorization Collective and TeenTix Staff
The Summer M-TAC program meets for five sessions on Wednesdays. Each session is held from 10 AM to 1 PM PST. Depending on applicant interest, meetings may take place online or in person (if meetings take place in person, transportation stipends will be provided).
Meeting dates are:
August 16th - Culminating Showcase
M-TAC teens have the opportunity to earn up to $90 for their participation throughout the program.
Teens will receive a per-meeting stipend of $15.
Stipends are based on three criteria:
Attendance at the meeting
Participation in discussions and conversations with your mentor and fellow cohort members
Communication with your mentor, fellow cohort members, and Program Staff
Stipends are dispensed at the end of the program, once all work has been completed.
PAST M-TAC COHORTS
Experience artwork from the Winter 2022 M-TAC Cohort in the 2022 Teen Arts and Opportunity Fair! This event produced by The New Guard, centered around professional development and teen art.
Watch the 2022 Teen Arts and Opportunity Fair here and enjoy some amazing teen art!
Past cohorts include a Summer 2021 cohort focused on Visual and Performing Arts, and the inaugural M-TAC cohort in Summer 2020. The inaugural program consisted of two cohorts of Visual Arts and one cohort of Performing Arts. To see the work created by each cohort, check out their digital galleries!