Call for Mentors: Giving Voice 2017

Giving Voice is a mentorship opportunity that pairs graphic designers with teen artists who have disabilities for a multi-session poster design and mentoring workshop, which then culminates in a gallery exhibition. The program allows the teens to provide exposure to a social cause that is important to them while learning design fundamentals from their mentor.

Sessions take place at the AGE of Central Texas Building on Saturdays in September & October 2017, from 12-1:30pm, lunch is provided.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to broaden your experience alongside other dedicated designers, and mentor these very special teens.

Apply here if you’d like to be considered as one of the Design Mentors.

If you are interested in how to support this program, please email Amber Atkins at

Program Details for Mentors

VSA Texas is partnering with AIGA Austin in this mentoring program to empower young adults with disabilities ages 16-22 to give voice to a social cause. Working together with a professional graphic designer, youth will have the opportunity to express something that is significant to them, and, more importantly, have someone to listen. At the same time learning valuable graphic design skills from a professional one-on-one.

The commitment is four lunchtime meetings (lunch provided) on Saturdays in September & October 2017 to meet with your mentor match and create your design. Meetings will take place in the VSA Texas Classroom, Room 101 of the AGE Building at 3710 Cedar Street, Austin, TX 78705.

Giving Voice Schedule

September 9 | 4-5 pm | Mentor Mixer

Meet the other mentors and roundtable discussion with the curator, Kim Hopson & VSA programs coordinator April Sullivan.

September 16 | 12-1:30 pm | Session 1

Students are matched up with a designer based on the answers to the questionnaire. You will discuss what is an important cause to you and will start the design process.

September 23 | 12-1:30 pm | Session 2

Your design partner will come to you with some initial concepts. You will work together to bring together your powerful poster design.

Your design partner will come to you with some initial concepts. You will work together to bring together your powerful poster design.

October 7th | 12-1:30 pm | Session 3

Finalize your poster design with your mentor and present to group.

Final Designs Due by Mentors | October 14th

November 18th 3pm- 4:45pm | Giving Voice Poster Show Opening

Posters will be on exhibit at the East Austin Studio Tour- Terrazas Library- 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

**Participants must be able to attend all 4 meetings.

By Jessica Tremblay
Published August 4, 2017
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