Applications for our inaugural Mentorship Program will be open until January 31st, 2021. Mentor-mentee pairs will be notified by February 28th, and the program will run from March 1st until May 31st.
*THIS PROGRAM IS ENTIRELY VIRTUAL, MENTEES AND MENTORS WILL BE MATCHED REGARDLESS OF THEIR LOCATION, THEREFORE ALL COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION BETWEEN MENTORS AND MENTEES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE.
The SIBs Mentorship Program seeks to serve underrepresented and historically marginalized populations in the field of blacksmithing and metal arts. This program matches mentees and mentors around areas of interest or identity in order to create meaningful connections. While all mentoring will take place online we hope to encourage and facilitate in person connections in the future. The goal of this program is to provide support with navigating the complexities of becoming a professional blacksmith or metal artist.
Who and Why
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to the SIBs Mentorship Program. We recognize that many successful professional blacksmiths are men, and that they have resources and knowledge that are very valuable. Although all are welcome to apply as mentees, the Mission Statement of SIBs prioritizes the participation of women, people of color, LGTBQIA individuals, those with disabilities, and others who are historically underrepresented in the field. Minors are not eligible to apply at this time.
Mentors and mentees commit to communicating for four hours per month for a three month period, a total of 12 hours minimum contact time. This communication will be all virtual and can be in the form of phone calls, emails, video calls, etc. Mentors and mentees are free to establish their preferred methods of communication and schedules.
Who can be a Mentee
Anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in metal work is welcome to apply. We prioritize smiths from historically underrepresented populations as mentees, in keeping with our mission statement.
Who can be a Mentor
You may feel like you don’t have anything useful to offer, but that’s not the case! Wherever you are in your journey, you have more experience than someone who is coming up behind you, and you have valuable skills and insights that they do not. We ask that mentors have a minimum of three years of experience, though this does not have to mean that metalwork is your full time job.