Mentorship Programs



All artists are receive a one hour interview with a professional who evaluates their readiness for mentorship and recommends the next step.


Artists who are not quite ready to go on to a pro­fes­sional sta­tus are given a 10–15 hour men­tor­ship with a pro­fes­sional artist and busi­ness work­shops to help guide them to the next level of their training.


AWOL pairs its emerging artists with a professional mentor for up to 100 hours of guidance. They are given mentorships at no charge but are asked to contribute time and energy to AWOL and their mentors.

Emerging 27-year-old poet, Dan La Bellarte, has written since the age of 9. He applied to AWOL, writing his application in verse, for guidance to have his work more visible and widely heard. We paired him with F. Albert Salinas. Dan now reads regularly at open events, is preparing for his first collection of poems for publication, is connecting with our entire community of poets, and has been invited to read in Los Angeles.

Albert now says, “Who is mentoring whom? Dan and I take turns astounding each other with our poetry.” Dan and Albert are now both colleagues and friends. Dan says, “From day one, Albert has grabbed me by the hand at every opportunity to get my work out there. I know that he is proud of me and that has given me so much inspiration to reach my goals.”


Skilled high school stu­dents teach art tech­niques to under­served younger stu­dents in exchange for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Hours. 13 year old Mitzy wrote us a let­ter ask­ing us to find her a ‘tutor’ because her par­ents could not afford flute lessons. We matched her with Kelsey, who plays flute with Dos Pueb­los Orches­tra and Youth Sym­phony. They now meet on a weekly basis work­ing on tech­nique and music the­ory. In a happy con­clu­sion, Mitzy has been invited to play a duet with Kelsey at her year-end recital in June with her teacher. We are devel­op­ing this pro­gram for sum­mer to facil­i­tate more suc­cess sto­ries like Mitzy and Kelsey.