Research confirms that mentorships have significant positive effects on young people in a variety of social, academic or work situations. Mentorship relationships connect young people to social, emotional, and personal growth opportunities.
The CCAM is designed for sophomore, junior, and senior high school students who are interested in learning a creative trade from a professional artist. Participants will learn firsthand what it takes be a working artist and gain insight into how a career in commercial arts builds on a solid foundation of fine arts and media to reach an audience’s attention. CCAM is competitive and requires an application process. The mentorship is paid, totaling $500 in bi-monthly increments over a five-month period, in addition to a $100 supply stipend. The program culminates in an exhibition in the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base to open on April 23, 2021.
Generously sponsored by Richard Carter.
2021 Mentors + Mentees
junior at CRMS +
“My curiosity towards the Visual Arts has fascinated me since I was little. The ability to be in the visual creative art and design field is one area where I can see a future for myself. I am thrilled to be a part of such an incredible opportunity and am eager to see what I will learn and take away from my mentor Staci Dickerson.”
senior at RFH +
“I’m a senior at Roaring Fork High School, throughout this amazing opportunity I plan to target mixed media and create various pieces that are based upon self revelation. I am most excited to be working with Reina Katzenberger, a professional artist with the ability to create within high levels of skill and character whom I know will guide me, inspire me, and motivate me to become a greater artist day by day. Therefore, I am also excited to expand my skill sets in art as I bring myself to open my mind and soul deeply, broadly. This will allow me to create pieces that uncover more about myself through my art.”
junior at BHS +
“My name is Stella, I’m 17, and I go to Basalt High School. I first got into art when I was a little girl, I was always very creative. I started taking art more seriously in the past two years and have been able to make a lot of great pieces so far. I hope to gain a lot more knowledge from this mentorship and am super excited to learn more ways to express myself!”
sophomore at AHS +
“Finn Johnson, Sophomore at Aspen High School explores faces and figures through various methods of deconstruction and art media such as stenciling, illustration, and painting.”
2020 Mentors + Mentees
freshman at BHS +
“When I’m not at school you can find me outside hiking or skiing—always incorporating nature into my art.”
Analyn is particularly interested in an abstract realistic style of art and is really excited to learn about art as a career and finding more meaning in her work.
freshman at CRMS +
“I have been fascinated with building creative things since I was little and I have been interested in architecture for most of my life.”
Tanner is excited to learn the steps of creating an architectural project and the interaction between nature and the built world.
junior at BHS +
“I fell in love with art freshman year thanks to my high school art teacher, Sunny McClain. I am interested in exploring different mediums of art and I’m really excited to see what I can do and learn with my mentor Mathew Jinks.”