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Be a Portfolio Mentor with the Teen Arts Program!

Free Arts NYC

Nov 2013

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January 18, 2017

Free Arts NYC provides underserved youth and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.



What is TAP- Portfolio Mentorship?

As a volunteer in the Portfolio Mentorship Program, you’ll have the opportunity to mold a young artist while developing your own skills as an artist and educator. During weekly sessions, you’ll guide your mentee through the technical and artistic process of creating a visual portfolio, practice interview and audition skills, while serving as a positive role model. By the end of the program, you will both have shared and strengthened your arts backgrounds and your mentee will have applied to New York City arts high schools!


Time Commitment

 Pairs will meet weekly for 2-3 hours from April- December

 Mentors can expect to spend an additional hour each week commuting, creating lesson plans, and completing Free Arts NYC online evaluations or monthly phone calls

Attendance to H.S. Open Houses, Interviews & Auditions, where possible


As a Portfolio Mentor You Can Expect Free Arts to Provide

Six hours of professional development trainings in Youth Development

 Portfolio Mentorship manual (includes resources on pair bonding, goal setting, portfolio development, and interviewing / auditioning

 Dedicated Teen Arts Program staff support, including weekly online & individual monthly check-ins

Monthly lesson plan clinics with fellow volunteers and Free Arts NYC staff

Networking with other arts education professionals


Portfolio Mentor Responsibilities

Utilizing Portfolio Mentorship manual and TAP Manager support, create a plan for all sessions that ensures teen’s goals are met

Support mentee in improving their artistic skills, culminating with the creation and mounting of 20 original portfolio pieces

 Help mentee to develop interview / audition skills, as necessary


Portfolio Mentor Applicant Requirements

BFA, MFA, or working knowledge of foundational art skills

 Portfolio development experience

Minimum 6 month NYC residency


TAP Portfolio Mentor Application Process

1.    Complete Free Arts NYC’s Online Application

2.    Supplemental Application, including a resume & portfolio of 3-5 pieces

3.    Interview with Free Arts Staff & References (2 professional, 1 personal)

4.    Fingerprinting with GoPass

5.    Attend required Portfolio Mentorship training and meeting with mentee

(March 2nd, March 11th, March 22nd OR March 25th


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