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MARN Mentors

MARNmentors pairs an established and emerging artist in a year long mentorship. Within these exchanges, mentors help mentees develop project goals and overcome personal barriers that the mentee may identify. The hope is to empower and give accountability to the partnership so that 1) the mentor feels free to give aesthetic, moral and concrete support based on their experience; and 2) the mentee is able to hold themselves accountable to their own goals.

January 2018 update: We've written grant proposals and are confirming mentors for the 2018 season so keep watching here for updates as we will be looking for mentees for the upcoming season soon. We will also be posting to our members list serv, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo free list serv accounts when the time comes to apply for the next season. If you follow us on any of those social medias you will surely be in the loop.

2016/2017 MARN Mentors

In 2005, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network developed MARNmentors for visual and literary artists, filmmakers, composers and arts administrators in order to strengthen the network of support for artists, provide in-depth professional resources and contribute to the health of Wisconsin's arts community. MARN acts as a liaison between established working artists with a desire to pass on their knowledge and professional experience to emerging artists who are selected as MARNmentees. MARN was proud to partner 11 Mentors with 13 Mentees for the 2016/2017 program!

Here were our 2016/2017 MARN mentors:

Portia Cobb 

Mutope Johnson

Raoul G. Deal 

Stephanie Barenz

Nathaniel Stern

Lee Golden

Phillis Bankier

aryn kresol

Melissa Dorn Richards

Jason S. Yi 

Della Wells 

Each pair of mentors and mentees work together for one year; some meet for a few hours each month for critique, others meet weekly for a more in-depth exchange of skills and ideas. At the end of each program cycle, MARNmentors culminates in an exhibition that highlights the professional and personal developments and collaborations between our talented mentors & mentees.

Thank you to the Brico Fund for their generous support to make 2016/2017 MARNmentors possible!