Community Artist Mentorship Program (CAMP)
CAMP places School of Art students in assistantship/mentorship positions with Houston’s most influential artists of color. Selected students spend a spring semester and an optional 10-weeks of summer as studio assistants to an artist-mentor. In addition to course credit, CAMP students receive an honorarium. A central tenet of the CAMP concept is that matches between artist-mentors and students must be mutually beneficial. While students connect to a more diverse set of influences and have a rich, professional experience, they also help their artist-mentors increase studio productivity and expand their network to include the UH community.
Through hands-on creative activity and observation, our students gain insight into the day-to-day practice of a professional artist and build support networks that serve them after graduation. CAMP generates concrete career opportunities that set students on a positive trajectory upon graduation. Students grow into self-assured artists who proudly embody their identity.
Formal applications for CAMP positions include a questionnaire and interview. It is a competitive selection process and students/mentor matches are determined by assessing complimentary skills, goals and schedules.