The SEEDS Artist Mentor program, provided by the Arkansas City Area Arts Council, will begin its second year soon thanks to the contributions of several local foundations.

aca-logoLegacy Regional Community Foundation, the Robert Warrender Trust and the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation all have contributed substantially toward the SEEDS program.

Ark City Arts will join with the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce to offer four local artists an opportunity to develop their art and become involved at Ark City Arts. It also will make professional development workshops available to all artists in the Arkansas City area.

Artists in the disciplines of music, theater and production, and the visual arts who wish to take their art to the next level are invited to apply to the SEEDS program. The program will be organized around work and school schedules, in order to allow working adults and students to participate.

The mentors and mentees will work together for a 10-month period. Their work will include:

  • keeping a sketchbook or journal throughout the process;
  • visiting each other’s work space;
  • attending retreats and professional development workshops;
  • having discussions on various subject matters and the mentee’s media or genre of choice.

The mentor pairs will develop a plan for an artist in residency that will conclude with a final show or month-long exhibit, a long-term plan for the mentee’s direction and a community arts component at Ark City Arts.

This year’s mentors, all of whom are from Arkansas City, are:

  • Mark Flickinger — visual arts;
  • Tim Durham — music;
  • Nancy Eis Orr — theater.

The visual artists’ community art project this year will be a mural.

Musicians, production artists and visual artists should apply for the SEEDS program as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 26.

Visit or call Ark City Arts at (620) 442-5895 for information.

Applications also will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the chamber office.