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Catalyst Artist Mentorship Program

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The Catalyst Artist Mentorship Program (CAMP) is dedicated to connecting experienced artists with emerging talent in our community. In a partnership with Boise State University, Boise Open Studios Collaborative Organization (BOSCO), and additional organizations, we offer mentoring opportunities in a wide variety of mediums. Our goal is to create collaborative environments that foster learning and networking opportunities.

CAMP mentorships run every Spring. Mentors and interns will develop a plan of action and schedule at our "Meet Your Mentor" luncheon and orientation. The mentorship culminates in a group exhibit showcasing the artwork created by the interns, as well as highlighting art by each mentor.

What does a Catalyst Mentorship look like?

Your mentorship plan will be created specifically for you and your mentor to accomplish your creative career goals. Here are some examples of how your mentorship might be designed:

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Portfolio Development

Set your goals to improve your ability/technique/style, then meet with your mentor periodically to share your creations and receive constructive feedback to make improvements in your body of work.

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Work hands-on in the studio with your mentor to gain access to their process, how they manage their studio, where they source supplies, and all that is involved in a professional artist's world.

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Business Skills

Pair with a mentor to learn the ins and outs of the business world as it relates to a creative medium. From website development and logo design to planning and  tax deductions and everything in between.

Program Timeline

  • Summer/Fall - Mentor applications open

  • October 31 - Deadline for Mentor applications

  • November 14 - 20 - Mentor interviews/studio visits

  • November 21 - Mentors selected and notifications emailed

  • December 1 - Intern applications open

  • December 15 - Mentor/Mentee Mingle

  • December 31 - Deadline for Intern applications

  • January 13 - Mentor/Mentee pairings determined and notification via email

  • January 28 - 11:00am - 2:00pm - Meet Your Mentor Luncheon and Orientation

  • February 1 - Mentorship begins

  • March 13-17 - Mentorship Progress Review

  • April 30 - Mentorship Ends

  • May 12 - Deadline for mentor/mentee artwork for exhibit

  • May 20 - 4-6pm - CAMP Exhibit Opening at The Gem Center for the Arts

  • May 26 - Exit feedback/reflection due from mentors and mentees

Become A Mentor!

Interested in fostering the growth of an emerging talent?

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Complete our CAMP Mentor Application.

Become An Mentee!

Ready to learn from an experienced artist in our community?

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Complete our CAMP Mentee Application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have to be a college student to become an intern/mentee?  

No. CAMP accepts applicants regardless of college enrollment.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Mentors must be at least 18 years old. Interns/mentees must be at least 15 years old.

How long is the mentorship agreement?


Mentees will contribute 60 hours of work, over a 3 month period, for an average of 5 hours per week. Mentors will meet with mentees for 1 hour per week, on average. Mentors and interns are welcome to adapt their plan to meet the required hours, as needed, to accommodate varying schedules.

Do I get to choose who I’m partnered with?

CAMP coordinators will review your application and make recommendations based on the information you provide. If you have someone you wish to work with, let us know. Pairings are based on compatibility and availability.

Do mentors or interns/mentees receive a stipend or pay? 

No, our mentorship program is a volunteer program, both with mentors and interns, as well as our staff. CAMP is a program developed for knowledge exchange and opportunity for growth for both parties.

Are there any costs associated with CAMP?

CAMP is a free program for all mentors and interns. There is a $45 processing fee for all interns/mentees. Payments are due by December 31 and can be made via check, Venmo/PayPal (@catalystartscollaborative) or debit/credit card under the "Sponsorships" tab. Financial assistance is available for anyone who otherwise would not be able to apply. Those planning to earn college credit for their internship will be responsible for tuition fees required by the college to receive credit.

How are mentors chosen?

Potential mentors fill out the Mentor application to become a CAMP mentor. Once the application is received, CAMP coordinators will meet with the applicant to determine how they can best support interns/mentees. If their expertise and availability support the goals of CAMP, the mentor will be added to our database and paired with an intern/mentee that wishes to work in their field. Mentors may live anywhere in the world, as mentoring via online methods is a valid option for completing an internship.

How are interns/mentees chosen?

Potential interns fill out the Intern/Mentee application. Once the application is submitted it will be reviewed by the CAMP coordinators. If we have a mentor available in the field you are seeking, we will arrange for a mentor/mentee co-interview. Mentors and mentees will meet in January to get to know each other and set their goals for the internship.

Additional questions? Contact us!

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