Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an Artist Mentor?

A: The mentors in the program are volunteer artists who are working professionally in the arts community and who have expressed an interest in supporting the creative development of young artists.  The mentors are interviewed by the Watari Research Association and the Contemporary Art Gallery, and receive training and ongoing supervision and support in order to develop their understanding of the role of a mentor as well as working with youth.
The mentors provide youth with some insights into the business of making, marketing and selling art through studio time, gallery visits, vendor meetings and community outreach. The youth and there mentors will have an opportunity to create art while also disscussing the realities of life as and artist!


Q: Who is a Young Artist?

A: The youth who will most benefit from involvement in this program are: 
·         aged 16-22
·         identify as an artist or view a future working in the creative industry 
·         actively interested in and involved in art-making
·         curious to know more about the creative community and how to develop their artistic potential 
·         stable enough in their lives to commit to weekly meetings with a volunteer mentor 
·         well-connected to a designated support person who can be contacted in case of emergency or to help      solidify long-term plans.

Q: How do I apply as a Young Artist?

A: Youth may self-refer to the program or be referred by a worker,  community support person, friend or family.   Youth of all demographics and social conditions are welcome!  

In order to be matched with a mentor, young artists must submit an application, have an interview, and agree to the project terms.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Farnsworth, ARTS101 Project Manager, at 778-838-4898, or by email:

The ARTS101 information and referral form can be downloaded from the link below. You can then email the completed form to

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