Equity Through Design Mentorship College Student Application 2021-2022
THE MISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
We are stage and film design professionals, members of United Scenic Artist Local 829, creating mentorships that emphasize Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] from a range of junior high school, high school and college students.
We strive to expand their orientation towards non-performance based careers in Film/TV/Theater by providing interactive career discussion panels and one-on-one artistic, personal and professional mentorship. Inherent in this mission is the intent to develop an awareness of the design and craft-oriented career possibilities in our field as well as guidance toward film and theater educational programs in the New York area. At the heart of these efforts Is giving attention to the individual students and fostering a reciprocal relationship between USA 829 and scholastic organizations in an effort to shift the culture of both the schools and the entertainment industry toward values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR MENTORING PROGRAM: OCTOBER 8, 2021
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR A MENTORSHIP WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING:
-Primary Mentor / Student Participant Recommended Activities: Nov – May
Primary Mentors will be available to communicate with their assigned Student Participant throughout the length of program for brief general guidance (i.e. portfolio and career opportunity questions).
-Regular Correspondence: touching base begins in November
Primary Mentors advise Student Participants through regular contact about their progress to engage with their education and design skill set development. Meetings are recommended to occur twice a month.
-In Person Activities: TBD Per COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
One-on-one Mentor / Student Participants meetings and Student Participant visits to productions in progress, exploring the art department, costume shop, and/or sound stages/theaters to meet and hear from as many crew in their work environments as possible.
-Saturday Sessions: monthly panels throughout the academic year
Monthly Zoom webinars with professionals in the entertainment industry offering their expertise on a variety of topics.
ANY student from a participating school is welcome to attend!
Saturday Series YouTube Channel here:
End of the Year Celebration: May
Celebratory gathering of all Student Participants and Primary Mentors to showcase accomplishments and present scholarship and internship awards.