Mentoring Program Information
The Kent Bellows Mentoring Program education process is individualized, building on a foundation of one-on-one attention from mentors and peer-to-peer learning. The program is designed to support the needs of emerging youth artists and is shaped by talents of the professional artist community and the fundamentals of fine arts practices. Each program offers challenging, investigative discussions and workshops that encourage students to explore, observe, think, and create. While developing discipline and professional expertise, students also work to infuse Omaha with intellectual and cultural capital.

Getting Involved
Involvement in the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program is by application. Prospective students complete an online application form and may be asked to participate with their parent/guardian in an interview that includes a review of samples of their art.

We seek youth who are passionate about the arts and committed to their own education. Past experience with art is not required. Instead, we look for people who are interested in having new artistic adventures in a creative community. We are committed to an enrollment with student representation from throughout the metro area. Student application and interview materials are reviewed by staff members and a committee of community volunteers. Applicants are notified by mail regarding admissions decisions prior to program start.

Currently enrolled students may make a payment here.

For photos and updates on the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and other events and programs for teens at the Museum, follow Teens at Joslyn on Facebook. Are you a KBMP alum? If so please see our Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Alumni Facebook Group.

Also check out the Teens @ Joslyn page on our website.

Student Admissions
Applications for Spring 2018 are due by November 8. Click here to complete an application.

Questions? Contact Weston Thomson, Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Director, at (402) 661-3891 or by email.


Kent Bellows Mentoring Program operates during after school hours and on Saturdays. Participants can expect to spend at least four hours per week, spread over two days, developing their art. Students work with mentors in these areas of focus:

  • Artist-in-Residence — In this most advanced course, students work closely with other young artists and a mentor, with many hours of open studio time and encouragement to develop their own projects.
  • Clay Media — This course provides young artists with an inclusive approach to the ceramic arts, encouraging interdisciplinary exploration. Students learn professional studio practices and how to express meaningful ideas through objects.
  • Critical Arts — As gallery interns, students work with an experienced curator to learn techniques for designing, hanging, and marketing an art show. Students discuss art and professional practice with working artists and curate the end-of-semester exhibition.
  • Digital Arts — This tech-savvy program works with digital tools and methods to create digital paintings, motion graphics, and 3D models. Teens research current art and technology trends and create work for exhibition.
  • Fashion Arts — Students work closely with a working fashion artist, using a medley of materials to create wearable designs that will be displayed on the runway.
  • Music Arts - Students learn to compose and perform original music using professional tools under the guidance of a music producer. Program groups will visit local recording studios and work with Ableton Live software.
  • Urban Arts — In this unique program, students investigate urban art aesthetics and learn how to create art for public spaces. For the final project, students create a local, collaborative aerosol mural.