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Artist Advocate - Mentor for Emerging Artists

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Arts on the Block

  • 11 people are interested

Note about COVID19: During this time, we are still recruiting mentors for the fall and winter 2020-2021. This mentoring term will be online until further notice.

An Artist Advocate, with Arts on the Block’s Design Your Future program, is an empowering, knowledgeable, resourceful, adult volunteer who serves as a support and trusted confidant to a young creative on our Studio Crew. The Advocate helps to ensure that the Emerging Artist develops important academic, professional and life skills, is exposed to a network of opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive professional and educational choices, and builds/follows through with a plan in terms of their long-term goals.

The Artist Advocate’s Responsibility to Emerging Artist
Every volunteer Advocate must:

  • Be able to commit to spending at least twelve months in a relationship with a young creative professional
  • Meet at least once a month (for two hours per meeting), engaging in professional/educational/career-oriented development
  • Communicate with Emerging Artist consistently - by telephone or email - to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives
  • Honor all commitments made to the Emerging Artist and Arts on the Block
  • Be respectful of Emerging Artist’s time, opinions, and decision-making
  • Serve as a positive role model by modeling Positive Youth Development behaviors - e.g., patience, active listening, respect
  • Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with Emerging Artist
  • Be encouraging and supportive of Emerging Artist
  • Help Emerging Artist develop a milestone plan for achieving their long-term educational/career-oriented goals by the use of short-term goals

The Artist Advocate’s Responsibility to Arts on the Block
Every volunteer Advocate must:

  • Attend quarterly meetings with other Advocates to discuss the Design Your Future Program successes and areas to improve
  • Complete Check-In Sheets to track the progress and goals of Emerging Artist during each monthly meeting
  • Support the building of a safe, supportive, welcoming, and trauma-sensitive environment

All volunteer Advocates must:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Submit an application, including one reference, to Arts on the Block
  • Previous volunteer experience desired
  • Exhibit a genuine passion to empowering young creative leaders
  • Have a solid network of connections and willingness to share resources and make professional connections

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About Arts on the Block


4218 Howard Avenue, Suite 3A, Kensington, MD 20895, US

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 2003, Arts on the Block’s mission has been to empower creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. AOB achieves its mission by providing real-world experiences in the arts, educational guidance and entrepreneurial training geared to their unique capabilities.


Through its programs, Arts on the Block offers area youth the opportunity to imagine, create and shape fulfilling futures while contributing to the quality of life in their communities.

Collectively, AOB programs bring educational guidance, entrepreneurial training and a real-world experience in the arts that imparts transferable life skills. Individually, participants receive professional mentoring and personal attention that strengthens development and encourages achievement.

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth


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8720 Georgia Ave.Suite 503Silver Spring, MD 20910



  • Youth Services
  • Visual Arts
  • Professional Development
  • Career Counseling / Coaching


  • Teens


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Be able to commit to spending twelve months in a mentoring-relationship, meet at least 4 times per month (for one hour per meeting), and available for steady communication. There will be some preliminary mentor training time needed as well.
  • At least 5 years professional experience required. Previous volunteer experience preferred.

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