Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program offers challenging discussions and workshops that encourage students to explore, observe, think, and create. Three semesters per year, professional artist mentors are matched with about 50 high school students who are provided an opportunity to find personal inspiration, gain technical skills, and build an art portfolio. Teens and mentors meet after school in an environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art practice, and which encourages community involvement. The mentoring program is a partner member of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP). Inclusion is reserved for programs that meet or exceed the best practices for mentoring, as outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (3rd Edition), including recruitment of appropriate mentors and mentees; screening of mentors; training of mentors, mentees and their families; matching of mentors and mentees; monitoring and support of the match; and appropriate closure of the match. These standards are essential to achieving the positive outcomes of mentees, including increased academic achievement, improved attendance, and increased twenty-first-century skill development.

Wishbone 2016 - Please join us in a celebration of Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at Wishbone 2016 on March 18th, 2016. More information on this fun and creative event coming soon.

Students — Applications are now being accepted. Click here for the Students page.

Adults — Are you interested in volunteering with the Mentoring Program? See below for volunteer opportunities.

Out of the VOID
Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Young Artist Exhibition
December 4 - 23, 2015

This multidisciplinary exhibition showcases individual works from young artists and their mentors. Artwork sales will benefit both the artist and Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program.

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, December 4, 6 - 9 pm
Location: Kent Bellows Studio Gallery
3303 Leavenworth Street, Omaha

KBMP SALON: A Night of Fashion & Performance
Saturday, December 12, 6:30 pm
Location: Joslyn Art Museum, Storz Fountain Court
2200 Dodge Street, Omaha

KBS Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 1:30 - 4 pm, by appointment

Info: 402.661.3891,

Sponsored in part by the Joslyn Art Museum Association.

Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Volunteer Opportunities

Outreach Volunteer - Help distribute Mentoring Program student applications, posters, and general information to area high schools. Requires own transportation. Time commitment varies.

Event Volunteer - Welcome and check-in guests, manage food tables, and take photographs at Young Artist Exhibitions and other special events. Time commitment varies.

Snack Volunteer - Provide snacks for students during afternoon Mentoring Program sessions. Choose one afternoon per week.

Questions? Please contact Weston Thomson, Community Outreach Manager, at (402) 661-3891 or by email.