2023 MTAC Gallery and Showcase are Live!

Join TeenTix and The Colorization Collective in celebrating the work of the M-TAC program's (Mentorship for Teen Artists of Color) summer cohort! Learn more about each artist and check out their online gallery filled with digital and fine art, and virtual showcase with writing and performance.

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View Writing and Performance Showcase

The 2023 summer M-TAC program connected teen artists of color with professional artists and mentors to hone their artistic craft in a variety of genres including digital and fine art, writing, and performance.


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:

July 12th

July 19th

July 26th

August 2nd

August 9th

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.


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!

Summer 2022 M-TAC Gallery - digital art, physical art, and writing cohorts

Spring 2022 M-TAC Gallery - writing and music cohorts

Summer 2021 M-TAC Gallery - visual and performing arts cohorts

Summer 2020 M-TAC Gallery - visual and performing arts cohorts

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