High School Art Mentorship Program


Salem Art Association’s High School Art Mentorship Pro­gram brings 10-15 high school stu­dents from the Salem area together for a full academic year experience. Through this program, students will:

  • Fulfill a ten hour apprenticeship/internship with a professional working artist based on their proposal, discipline and specific medium of interest
  • Fulfill five volunteer hours at the Salem Art Association – opportunities include helping at special events (such as exhibition openings, Clay Ball art auction, Salem Art Fair & Festival), at the Bush Barn Art Center or the Bush House Museum
  • Participate in creating a body of work in chosen discipline or medium to present in an exhibition or semi-private presentation
  • Gain public speaking, organizational and presentation skills
  • Learn­ about art history and current art trends
  • Vis­it­ professional artists’ studios and/or other arts-related businesses/organizations/museums
  • Learn­ about professional museum and gallery work
  • Experience how a 501c3 non-profit arts organization works
  • Meet­ and network with students from surrounding high schools through attending twice monthly meetings at the Salem Art Association
  • Contribute to the development of a dynamic high school art program

Students attend two group meetings each month from October-June. Meetings take place at the Salem Art Association from 3:30-5 pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Once matched with their mentor, students will coordinate mentorship meeting dates and times.

For more infor­ma­tion about the High School Art Mentorship Program, con­tact Susan Powers, School Programs Coordinator, at 503-581-2228 x311 or susan@SalemArt.org.

The project is funded in part by grants from the Collins Foundation, and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.