Professional development in arts and criminal justice settings
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Professional Mentoring Scheme provides our network with opportunities to develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
The scheme matches new and emerging practitioners who want to learn more and develop their career in arts and criminal justice with experts working in the field. The mentors can provide a range of specialist guidance and support on using arts within the criminal justice system:
- Professional guidance and ideas on career development – support and advice on the direction your career is taking
- Networking opportunities – the chance to meet other professionals working in arts and criminal justice
- Advice on training and professional development – support and advice around finding training opportunities and ways to develop your practice
- Information on relevant events – find out about events and opportunities within the arts and criminal justice sector
- Advice on running arts projects/programmes and organisations – support with specifics such as fundraising, evaluating and making the case for your arts project.
Former mentees have gone on to form their own arts organisation, secure funding for new projects and take up volunteering opportunities in prisons.
The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation toolkit and expert advice was used to develop the programme.
Applications are now open for partnerships beginning in January 2020. To apply to be a mentee on the 2020 scheme:
- Read carefully the Information pack [.pdf] in full
- Complete an Application form for mentees [.docx] and return to email@example.com by 5pm, Monday 9th December 2019.
If you would like to send your application in an alternative format, or if you have any other queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7383 0966.
We welcome applications from potential mentors throughout the year. If you are interested in supporting the professional development of someone in the early stages of their career in arts and criminal justice, please get in touch at email@example.com
My mentor has been amazing. They have a huge knowledge base and the match has been perfect. I feel very lucky to be part of this programme.”
“My mentor has given me plenty of ideas concerning funding. She also set me up with her colleagues for a more detailed discussion which included strategy and sources.”
It is rewarding for me to meet and talk to someone with such energy and passion in what she does. I have wondered how to help her as she has huge experience already in so many areas. I continue to realise that being able to listen while someone ‘thinks outside their brain’ is very valuable.”
“It made me realise that these kinds of relationships are very important to have, we need to share and support as much as we can for the benefit of everyone.”
Who can apply
The scheme does not aim to support vulnerable people, but to provide professional guidance relating to careers within arts and criminal justice settings. Koestler Arts runs an arts mentoring scheme designed to support people with experience of the criminal justice system with their interest in the arts. Find out more here
This scheme is not aimed at undergraduates or people who have recently graduated. For students, artists and others who are interested in working in the sector, but do not have enough experience or time to take part in the mentoring scheme, the NCJAA has many other resources:
- The good practice guide, Enhancing arts and culture in the criminal justice system: A partnership approach, is a useful resource for anyone interested in delivering arts in criminal justice settings
- Look out for the NCJAA’s one-day training course, Introduction to arts in prisons.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on different avenues of support.
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