Kent Bellows Mentoring Program
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.
Collective Unconscious - Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Young Artist Exhibition
General Art Reception: Friday, August 1; 6-9pm
Fashion Show & Multimedia Art Reception: Saturday, August 2; 6-9 pm
Join young artists as they display their summer semester work at Kent Bellows Studio in a culminating show reflecting the interdisciplinary structure of the mentoring programs. The exhibition, featuring works by 52 students from 28 high schools, is curated by the Critical Arts Program with artist mentor Seth Johnson. Exhibition artwork is for sale and proceeds benefit the artists and mentoring program.
The Kent Bellows Mural Arts Program matches professional mural painters with young artists to create public art for the community. Each mural is designed by the mentor and students in response to community research, interviews, and collaboration. Traditional latex and aerosol paints are used separately or in combination to achieve different visual effects. To date, students and mentors of this mural arts program have completed 25 community murals.
In January 2014, Joslyn Art Museum welcomed into its family the n
named Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and ownership of the Kent Bellows Studio, located at 33rd and Leavenworth Street in Omaha. In 2007, a
nonprofit organization was established to create an art mentor program
for teens — the legacy of Nebraska-born artist Kent Bellows (1949–2005),
whose realist work, including the self-portrait at right, is part of Joslyn’s collection. That entity
dissolved at the end of 2013, and Joslyn assumed responsibility for the
future of its successful program, recognized for its dynamic vision,
unique and versatile curriculum model, and exceptional work with young
people. Kent Bellows Studio remains the home base for the Mentoring
Program and — as an integral piece of Joslyn’s whole — the program allows the Museum to significantly expand its active engagement of teens,
local artist mentors, and youth agencies throughout the metro area. The
identity and integrity of this highly respected program, which helps
develop the creative voice of youth, remains intact, with promise
for growth and diversification.
Kent Bellows (American, 1949–2005), Self Portrait Raging,
1991, graphite on paper, Gift of Dr. Thomas J. Huerter, 2003.19, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum