Protégé Mentorship Program

Protégé is EAL/LA's mentorship program, offering participants invaluable guidance and encouragement to strengthen their leadership capacity. It was formerly known as APAL (Arts Professional Advisor Link). Protégé consists of an open application process in which emerging creative professionals are paired with recognized local arts leaders to foster a reciprocal professional development experience.

Over the course of the year academic year, mentors and protégés meet regularly to discuss mutually agreed upon topics with an emphasis on the protégé’s areas of interest and desired professional growth. In addition to these one-on-one meetings, the program hosts a launch event during which program participants meet and network, as well as a culminating event open to all EAL/LA membership and the broader community. Protégé is self-administered by its participants and the process of building relationships and idea-sharing has ignited new, innovative ways to approach leadership growth within the arts community.

The idea for Protégé emerged in 2007 during a convening for arts professionals—in association with Americans for the Arts—when the issue of mentorship was discussed and deemed essential for the advancement of future arts leaders in the greater Los Angeles arts community. The program addresses a growing concern for sustainable leadership in arts and culture organizations, as discussed in recent reports by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Young Nonprofit Professional Network – Los Angeles Chapter.

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