Open to Santa Barbara County teens between the ages of 13 and 18, this after school enrichment program offers in-depth training and career-development skills under the guidance of professional visual artists and writers. Applications for the 2013 Teen Arts Mentorship program are now available on The Arts Fund website or by calling (805) 965-7321. The deadline to submit applications is Saturday, February 16, 2013. Mentorship classes being in March and conclude in May 2013.

The Arts Fund’s Teen Arts Mentorship Program enables talented high school students to work in a small group with a master artist. Students admitted to the program work outside of the classroom under the guidance of local professionals to produce portfolio-quality work, learn presentation and exhibition techniques, and explore career opportunities in the arts. At the conclusion of the program, work produced in the mentorships is exhibited at The Arts Fund Gallery and a public performance by creative writing students will be held at a determined location.

Now in its 19th year, this in-depth arts enrichment program is intended for aspiring art and writing students, ages 13-18 who are seriously considering pursuing advanced study and careers in arts and literature. The Arts Fund’s mentorships have helped hundreds of Santa Barbara teens produce advanced work for college applications, gain practical experience, and secure professional references to help them take their talent to the next level.

The 2013 Teen Arts Mentorships will be offered in four different disciplines under the direction of professional artists and writers in the Santa Barbara area: bronze casting taught by Nevin Littlehale, documentary digital photography taught by Phillip Van Nostrand, contemporary painting taught by Michael Irwin, and creative writing taught by Elizabeth Schwyzer. To view class descriptions and application procedures visit The Arts Fund’s website or call (805)965-7321.

The 2013 Teen Arts Mentorships is offered tuition free due to the generous support individuals and organizations that share The Arts Fund’s commitment to providing high quality arts education to our community’s youth. This year’s institutional sponsors include Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara City College, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Towbes Foundation, and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.

About The Arts Fund:

The Arts Fund ( was established as a nonprofit in 1983 dedicated to fostering the arts in Santa Barbara County. The organization’s formal mission is to create, fund and administer programs and projects that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to act as a catalyst maximizing the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships amongst arts organizations.

The Arts Fund is best known as the sponsor of the annual Individual Artist Awards (IAA), a juried competition open to Santa Barbara County artists, and the Teen Arts Mentorship Program that matches promising high school students with professional master artists and writers in a workshop setting. In 2001, The Arts Fund opened The Arts Fund Gallery at 205C Santa Barbara Street at Yanonali in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood. Gallery sales and private donations are an important and essential source of funding for the organization. Please visit to learn more upcoming programs and events or how to make a donation to support the work of The Arts Fund. The Arts Fund Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment.


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