IGNITE! Mentorship Program

IGNITE! Mentorship Program

Apply now for 2018 mentorships by emailing ypm@thecultch.com!

As part of The Cultch’s Youth Programming, The IGNITE! Mentorship Program offers a series of one-on-one artistic mentorship opportunities to youth aged 13-26. Participants can express interest and apply to work with one of our mentors, or suggest a new mentorship to the Youth Program Manager.

Current mentorships:

Performance Videography
Arts Administration
Spoken Word
Modern Dance Choreography


Photo by Wendy D

Promising young artists will work with mentors in their chosen medium. The Cultch presents some of the most accomplished artists from across Canada and around the world. The Mentorship Program is designed to allow emerging artists in the community an opportunity to access and learn from this incredible pool of talent, and it’s 100% free to participate!

The mentorships are designed to be a self directed experience and can take whatever form best serves the growth of the youth. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and spend time with an established artist in your field. The mentorship can be used to create new work, explore an existing project, or shadow a professional in their own practice.

How to apply:

Email a short letter of intent introducing who you are, why you want to engage in mentorship, and what you hope to achieve through the program to ypm@thecultch.com. Applications are being accepted for spring mentorships until Feb 15th, but may be considered on a rolling basis.
Supplementary materials that may also be considered: resume, photo/video footage of past work, letter of reference.


“It’s a great experience to be remembered for the rest of your life!” 2011 Songwriting Mentorship Participant

dan2“As a teenager, a program like this would have been of infinite use – not just because of the access to working career musicians and writers, but also through the experience and confidence garnered by recording in a professional environment and the immersion in a new community of young, talented, emerging artists from all over the city.

It was great for me to watch the youth interact and support each other throughout the process, and most pertinently, just before their performances at The Cultch to their friends, parents and new fans.” – Past songwriting mentor Dan Mangan

“I really enjoyed the people involved and the workshops were tremendous. My experience with my mentor was wonderful and the production of my play was and will be an important step in my development as a writer and playwright… The opportunities that this program has created for me seem to be endless.” -2011/2012 Playwriting Mentorship participant

“The Cultch’s Ignite! Youth Program spurred me forward as a poet, artist, and member of the community. Throughout the three months that we worked and played together, I benefited from the honest attention, passion, and ability to listen that comes from dedicated artists…I felt that we as a group were supported and guided without ever feeling controlled, given freedom to create, yet within a framework that made our creation tangible and concrete.” -2011 Spoken Word Mentorship participant