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.
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.