Protégé is EAL/LA's one-on-one mentorship program, offering participants invaluable guidance and encouragement to strengthen their leadership capacity.

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, 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, professional development workshops and a culminating event open to all the EAL/LA membership and the broader community.

Protégé is self-administered by its participants with guidance from program leads 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. It was formerly known as APAL (Arts Professional Advisor Link).

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.


Applications to Protégé open once a year in February.

Applicants will need to complete an online application consisting of a personal statement, previous experience with mentorship, what they are looking for in a mentor and specific skills and tools they wish to develop throughout the program.

Protégés are paired with committed seasoned professionals by aligning goals for professional development, areas of expertise and availability. 


Applications to become a Protégé Mentor open once a year in January.

Mentors are paired with committed emerging professionals by aligning goals for professional development, areas of expertise and availability. 

Mentors serve in a volunteer capacity and are expected to meet at least once a month with their Protégés.

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Protégé launch session 2018.

EAL/LA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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