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Scholastic’s Art Mentorship Program

Scholastic’s Art Mentorship Program is open to aspiring illustrators who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). Eligibility is at the discretion of the applicant and submitted work does not need to focus on marginalization.

This virtual program is organized and held by members of Scholastic design teams. We aim to provide advice, guidance, and resources to BIPOC illustrators who have an interest in children’s publishing. The program will include portfolio critiques and workshopping, professional industry expectations from a hiring standpoint, and Q&A.

The program is free of cost and is open to both US and international residents; however, the program will follow Eastern Time Zone/New York time. Applicants must self-identify as BIPOC and be 18 years of age or older to participate. Applicants must also be unrepresented by any agency, and have never been published professionally.

We will be selecting individuals from the pool of applications to participate in this remote program from January to May 2023. Chosen illustrators will be matched with a mentor based on their applications and portfolios, and sessions will vary from 1:1 conversations to small group workshops to open forums. More information will be sent upon acceptance.

Applications will close on Thursday December 1st, 2022 and we will notify all applicants of decisions by the end of December. 

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Complete the application form here.