Call for Mentees

by Lee Ann Adams

Mentorship Program

Call for Mentees

AAAE seeks mentees for its first year-round mentorship program. This is a unique opportunity for early-career arts administration educators and emerging arts administrators to receive focused mentoring, networking opportunities, knowledge exchange, and access to AAAE’s wealth of membership resources. Up to ten successful candidates will be paired with seasoned mentors in one of the two program tracks: Arts Administration Education or Arts Administration. 

In addition to receiving rigorous individualized guidance, mentees will be involved in co-producing an online series exploring arts at the intersection of other public spheres and will have the opportunity to attend AAAE’s annual conference in New York City, if they elect to do so.

Successful candidates will receive a modest stipend to help defray expenses related to conference participation.


Candidates must be AAAE members at the time of their application. If you’re not an individual or a student member but are affiliated with an institution that is currently an AAAE member, you are eligible to apply. To become a member, please follow this LINK.

Requirements for the Arts Administration Education Track:

Early career educators with up to five years of teaching experience in arts administration or a related field are eligible.

 Requirements for the Arts Administration Track:

Current undergraduate and graduate students or two years from graduation in arts administration or a related field are eligible.

All candidates must be able to commit to the entire program starting late February and concluding in early December 2023. The program includes 20 individual meetings (remote), 2 cohort meetings (remote), 4 co-produced online public events, annual conference (optional in-person attendance). 


Interested candidates may email a résumé and a statement of interest using the following LINK.

Mentees of diverse backgrounds and geographies are encouraged to apply. We hope this program will be especially beneficial to members in locations with limited access to arts, whose students might be more positively impacted from building a professional community, gaining long-term career support.

Deadline: February 1, 2023 by midnight EDT.

Please email any questions to [email protected] with a subject line “Mentoring program”. 

*Please note that this is a yearlong program and doesn’t replace the speed-dating style mentoring offered at the AAAE annual conference.

This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts