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artsvest Mentorship

Become a Mentor

Join artsvest’s national network of mentors! We are now accepting applications for new volunteer mentors.

artsvest is a national mentorship training program designed to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector by providing small and medium arts, culture and heritage organizations with resources, expertise and training in marketing, board governance and sponsorship. Delivered nationally through a virtual platform, mentors share their expertise with participants in the artsvest program through group webinars and individualized one-on-one mentorship sessions.

Who should apply?

  • Arts and business professionals who have at least five years of senior experience in the areas of sponsorship, marketing and/or board governance.

What is the time commitment?

  • For the 2021 program, mentoring sessions began in April and will continue through to the end of November.  
  • Volunteer mentors have the option to renew their commitment on an annual basis and can join the program at any time.

What are the volunteer requirements?

  • Share knowledge, insight and expertise through the presentation of webinars and/or individual one-on-one sessions.
  • Contribute to the program evaluation process by providing meaningful feedback.
  • Attendance at mentorship orientation and information sessions, including familiarization with the B/A mentorship software platforms.
  • A minimum of two (2) hours per month of mentorship. This includes webinars and/or one-on-one sessions.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

  • An opportunity to engage in a valuable network and community of arts, culture and heritage organizations, mentors, and arts professionals from across Canada. 
  • Full access to our artsvest training materials including resources, templates and webinars on the topics of sponsorship, board governance and marketing.
  • Recognition through the B/A website, newsletter, reports, social media networks and other special events and communication materials.
  • Develop reciprocal relationships with arts leaders, make a positive impact and contribute to creating a healthy, vibrant and sustainable arts and culture sector.

What do other mentors have to say?

“artvest mentoring has been an amazing experience. I have been introduced to so many wonderful people and arts organizations across the country, all sharing similar goals and challenges. The reward for my time spent connecting with these groups is receiving a call from one of them telling me they had a breakthrough with a new or existing corporate partner. These count as wins for the entire arts and culture community. Most days I feel that I am getting more from this mentoring opportunity than the mentees with whom I engage.” – Mary Ellen Davies, Director of Development at Confederation Centre of the Arts, PEI

“The artsvest program provides critical knowledge and skills development to Canada’s cultural sector, allowing organizations of all sizes to learn the art of fundraising and capacity building. It is a privilege to be a mentor with the program, and it is extremely fulfilling to see the groups we work with flourish over the course of the program.” – Jenn Shah, Director of Sponsorship Marketing, Hot Docs, Toronto

 

How to get involved

To become a mentor, please complete the Mentor Statement of Interest and we will follow up with further information. If you have any questions about the artsvest Mentorship program, please contact Jessica Vellenga, Associate National Director at jessica@businessforthearts.org.

We acknowledge, respect and celebrate the diversity of our staff, Board, volunteers, program participants, partners, collaborators, stakeholders and audiences. As such, Business / Arts strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization where we respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. 

The artsvest program is committed to creating a community of Canadian mentors that is reflective of the diversity of the arts, culture and heritage organizations we serve nationally. As such, artsvest welcomes mentor applications from all qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in and encourage applications from equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.  We are committed to providing barrier free access and reasonable accommodation in the artsvest program for individuals with disabilities to the best of our ability.