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impacting over 100 students every year, The Mentorship Program exists to transform students’ lives through art and to prepare them for a dynamic academic and professional future.
Each month of the school year, Oklahoma City Public School students visit Artspace’s studio to create, learn and experiment with art. With the help of our Education Director and local artists who serve as program mentors, this free program prepares Oklahoma students for a future of possibilities through an interdisciplinary art curriculum. We incorporate art history, theory, and contemporary art trends into the curriculum, prioritizing an active dialogue and participatory atmosphere. The Mentorship Program takes into consideration our 21st century context of digital media and visual culture.
"This program has taught me to think outside the box and to try my best at new things. I can use this in almost anything like school or future careers." - santa fe south student
The Mentorship Program does not replace the classroom. This program started as Artspace’s outreach efforts to schools to provide students an experience beyond traditional academia. We connect young minds to a flourishing art community in Oklahoma City and beyond. Entirely free to students and teachers, this program is funded through Artspace’s resources and generous community support.
Students participate in activities like printmaking, woodblock carving, digital media, and preparing art works for the annual Mentorship Exhibition and Steamroller Print Festival. These two events provide extraordinary exposure for students, connecting them to a larger art community.
The Mentorship Exhibition during Youth Arts Month in March showcases exemplary works from students with a formal exhibition in all Artspace’s galleries. Students learn how to frame, hang, light, and write about their works, while receiving vital exposure in the juried exhibition.
The Steamroller Print Festival each spring features the printing of student and local artists’ large-scale wood block works. This festival is a community block party in collaboration with downtown Oklahoma City businesses. During each festival students interact with art professors, college students, and professional artists while helping in the printmaking process.
Current Schools Served:
Astec Charter School | Capital Hill High School | Douglass High School | Emerson Alternative Education | Emerson South Alternative Education | John Marshall High School | Mission Academy | Northwest Classen High School | Santa Fe South High School | Southeast High School
"With a lifetime of teaching art, this is one the most exciting and authentic art programs...it promotes and grows art from the heart!" - mission academy teacher
Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators
who have made this mentorship program and its exhibition possible
Oklahoma state arts council
zarrow family foundation
riccarda de eccher
joe & laura warriner
visionary oklahoma women
12 high school students from different OKC schools were invited to participate in this week-long project in our studio where they worked in groups and were guided by local artists and teachers to create three different sculptures.
Inspired by contemporary artists like Elizabeth Murray whose works pushed printmaking beyond two-dimensional art, our artists explored sculpture’s three-dimensional qualities with the summer project students. Each student received a minimum of 35 hours of hands-on instruction in sculpture planning and building techniques. Students also learned to navigate a modern disposable culture, learning the true value of objects and recycling them to create profound meaning by using found objects to create art.
Innovative art happens through collaboration, and this project integrated students from all Mentorship Program schools for the first time! Our hope for this experience was to motivate our students to explore new ideas by working with their peers, learning from our artists, and working with new materials and supplies.