Be a Portfolio Mentor with our Teen Arts Program!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1431 Broadway, 7th FloorNew York, NY 10018


Free Arts NYC provides underserved youth and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

What is TAP- Portfolio Mentorship?

As a volunteer in the Portfolio Mentorship Program, you’ll have the opportunity to mold a young artist while developing your own skills as an artist and educator. During weekly sessions, you’ll guide your mentee through the technical and artistic process of creating a visual portfolio, practice interview and audition skills, while serving as a positive role model. By the end of the program, you will both have shared and strengthened your arts backgrounds and your mentee will have applied to New York City arts high schools!

Time Commitment

  • Pairs will meet weekly for 2-3 hours from April- December
  • Mentors can expect to spend an additional hour each week commuting, creating lesson plans, and completing Free Arts NYC online evaluations or monthly phone calls
  • Attendance to H.S. Open Houses, Interviews & Auditions, where possible

As a Portfolio Mentor You Can Expect Free Arts to Provide

  • Six hours of professional development trainings in Youth Development
  • Portfolio Mentorship manual (includes resources on pair bonding, goal setting, portfolio development, and interviewing / auditioning)
  • Dedicated Teen Arts Program staff support, including weekly online & individual monthly check-ins
  • Monthly lesson plan clinics with fellow volunteers and Free Arts NYC staff
  • Networking with other arts education professionals

Portfolio Mentor Responsibilities

  • Utilizing Portfolio Mentorship manual and TAP Manager support, create a plan for all sessions that ensures teen’s goals are met
  • Support mentee in improving their artistic skills, culminating with the creation and mounting of 20 original portfolio pieces
  • Help mentee to develop interview / audition skills, as necessary

Portfolio Mentor Applicant Requirements

  • BFA, MFA, or working knowledge of foundational art skills
  • Portfolio development experience
  • Minimum 6 month NYC residency

TAP Portfolio Mentor Application Process

1. Complete Free Arts NYC’s Online Application

2. Supplemental Application, including a resume & portfolio of 3-5 pieces

3. Interview with Free Arts Staff & References (2 professional, 1 personal)

4. Fingerprinting with GoPass

5. Attend required Portfolio Mentorship training and meeting with mentee

(March 2 nd, March 12 th, March 23 rd)


  • Mentoring
  • Visual Arts

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-5 hours/week from April-December

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