Education Programs Mentorship and Artist Community Building

Mentorship and Artist Community Building

Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is not currently offering any studio or portfolio development classes. Through the end of 2017, the Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. We look forward to sharing the new education model with you in 2018. 

For those families looking for new art program opportunities, we have created a comprehensive resource directory of various ongoing youth art programs and opportunities in the NYC area. The free booklet is available to download here.

Read on to learn about our past programming.

In line with the Foundation's mission of being artist-centered and invested in collaboration, the Student Opportunities & Support (SOS) program took full advantage of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s network of practicing artists & artist communities at large. At the center of this network were our Artist-Teachers, who were the first line of contact with students and in partnership with the SOS Manager, propelled the mission of the program. Furthermore, the Foundation has engaged in partnerships with outside organizations to further the efforts of the SOS program, and in turn the benefits to our students.

Mentorship and artist community building opportunities and resources included:

One-on-one mentoring: Students were able to schedule consultations with the SOS Manager to receive individualized, personal consultations, to assist them with their artwork, college and career goals, and personal growth.

Artist-Teachers: As working artists, our Artist-Teachers were active members of the art community, and offered both their individual perspective and access to a network of colleagues and experiences.

Online Resources: The SOS Facebook Group is an online community that has grown organically, and is available to both enrolled and alumni Art Education Program participants. It acts as a network for past students, Artist-Teachers and Foundation staff to share opportunities, ideas and accomplishments, through the social media venue in which students are already engaged. Also, as part of a partnership with the Museum of Arts & Design, Parsons The New School and the Ashcan Studio of Art in NYC, we have developed resource booklets, freely available to all students online via the Resources page of this website.

  • José Ortiz, Student Opportunities & Support Manager with a graduating participant. 

  • Meeting of alumni of the Oxbow Summer Scholarship.

  • Summer interns with Joan Mitchell Foundation staff.

  • A past program participant sharing his path and experiences with current participants during a session of the Career in the Arts Fair.