Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked about FUTURES/forward.
What do you mean by “community-engaged art for social change (ASC)”?
JMP/ICASC supports the work of ASC: that is art making done collectively by groups of people (who may not self-identify as artists) about what matters to them, with this process facilitated and nurtured by a specially-trained artist or group of artists. Designed to engage heads, hearts, and hands to create dialogue and positive change, ASC is rooted in furthering social, environmental, and political justice and is a form of cultural democracy. FUTURES/forward is all about this type of work and the mentees’ projects will all entail the art making being done collectively by the project participants (the folx in the group/community) about what matters to them.
May a mentor and a mentee apply as a pair?
Yes. You may apply as a pair (please indicate the proposed pairing in each of your cover letters); however, you must each submit separate applications as each will be evaluated on their own merits. We cannot guarantee that both of you will be selected to the program. In the case of only one applicant being selected, you will be matched appropriately by our team. If you both succeed, you will then be considered as your proposed pair.
I already have a project in mind and an organization that I want to work with, is it possible to apply to the mentorship program together?
The norm is that we do the matching of mentee with mentor and mentee with host organization; however, we do not discourage anyone from making a proposal. Each of the applicants must apply on their own merits according to our application process (mentee, mentor, and host organization – in the case of the host, we arrange zoom meetings rather than a more formal application) indicating their proposed “match” in their cover letters. The mentee applications will be reviewed by our selection committee to make their decision accordingly. We cannot guarantee that any or all the applicants in a proposal will succeed.
Can mentors have more than one mentee?
The model we use is one-to-one. In very rare cases, we may review and consider giving a mentor two mentees.
Do mentors and mentees get to choose who they will be working with?
Each mentee will be introduced to a mentor proposed by us (each match is thoughtfully and carefully considered). The mentor and mentee will have the opportunity to meet, ask questions, and consider whether they think it is a good match. If one does not agree to move forward with the match, other possibilities will be offered until both agree to a match.
Do I get to choose the organization that I will collaborate with on my community-engaged art project?
Each mentee will be introduced to a host organization proposed by us (each match is thoughtfully and carefully considered). The mentee, mentor and host organization will have the opportunity to meet, ask questions, and consider whether they think it is a good match. If the mentee or host does not agree to move forward with the match, other possibilities will be offered until both agree to a match.
What is the work plan?
For the mentor/mentee pair there is what we call a “Learning Agreement”, aka a work plan. This document is collaboratively created. We provide a customizable template for this process. It consists of questions to use as an opportunity to discuss and reach agreement on respective goals, responsibilities, commitments, schedules, and other aspects of the mentee/mentor partnership. This documentation is an important step to create and implement a productive and respectful basis to your relationship.
For the mentees who become artists-in-residence with a host organization in the triad stream, there will be the “Triad Agreement,” as well. In this document, we ask the artist-in-residence and host organization, in consultation with the mentor, to discuss and document the overall goals of the project, as well as the principles and expectations that will guide the relationship. Again, this is an important step to create and implement a productive and respectful foundation to your working relationship.
I am interested in working with children and youth (under the age of majority). Is this possible?
Our organization does not have the insurance and liability framework to support work with children and youth, people under the age of majority (the age of majority being 18 or 19 and older depending on each provincial/territorial legislation).
In the duo stream, the onus will be up to you to find a partner organization who already works with this demographic and has the insurance and all necessary protocols, policies, criminal record checks, etc., in place as required.
In the triad stream, if the host organization and you decide to work with under-age folx, it will be their responsibility to have the insurance and all necessary protocols, policies, criminal record checks, etc., in place as required.
How will I get paid?
The normal method is that you will be paid via cheque in the mail at regular intervals. In instances of an urgent nature, e-transfers can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. If you have a GST number, you will be expected to invoice Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) at each pay period. All pay periods and amounts will be outlined in your contract at the beginning of the 6-month term.