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What: A summer program that provides Asheville's youth with a safe, engaging space to create, while also connecting them with local artists as mentors for the summer and beyond. The program connects kids 14-18 years of age (rising 9-12th graders) who are serious about their art and design talent with local artists in their studios.  This program is aimed at students who want to explore and develop their skills and knowledge of their medium. It will offer a safe, engaging option for teens to push their talents to the next level.

When: Summer: Mid-June through mid August.  Artists will work with students for 15 hours over their choice of either 1 week (M-F) or once or twice per week for a few weeks.

Who: Local high school students, rising grades 9-12, and talented local artists.  Students must apply to work with a specific artist.  We will choose no more than two students to be mentored by each artist, or group of artists.  Scroll down to check out our list of artists for this summer!

Where: Mentorships will take place at the artist’s studios or at the Roots + Wings Creative Campus.

Cost: Sliding scale from $20 - $500 per student.  Space is limited. At least half of the mentorship spaces are reserved for students selected by our community outreach partners: Children First Communities in Schools, YWCA of Asheville, OpenDoors Asheville, Eliada, Arts for Life, Under1Sky. You can donate below to help support the ability to provide these powerful summer mentorships to these at-risk youth in Asheville at no cost. 

Please contact us if your organization is interested in partnering with us on this! Email