Inspire, challenge and celebrate students and professional artists by sponsoring the 2020 Creative Mentorship Program!

To make a contribution through our secure campaign donation page please click here: 

The Durham Art Guild is very fortunate to have another matching grant challenge for 2020! We have a BIG goal to raise $5,000 in NEW individual and corporate donations by January 1, 2020. A generous donor of the program has offered to match $5,000 dollar for dollar in support of important program advancements if we reach this goal!


The Creative Mentorship Program is a unique annual partnership between the Durham Art Guild and Student U. Together, our organizations connect high school students in Durham Public Schools with artist mentors from the Durham Art Guild. The program empowers students to discover and develop their creative voices and artistic skills through 20 weeks of one-on-one dedicated work with a professional artist, involvement with the local arts community through monthly field trips, and a culminating exhibition of their projects in the Durham Art Guild Gallery at Golden Belt.  

Now in year eight, the Creative Mentorship Program continues enriching the lives of Student U students by helping them to broadly envision their futures. They gain valuable tools for creative problem solving and creative self-expression while building a strong network that will support them in achieving their goals. In 2019 we developed plans to provide resources for students who want to continue their artistic journey beyond the traditional program months. Here is how we are moving forward:

  • We partnered with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to enable alumni students to matriculate directly into the Nasher Teen Council.  Two program alumni were recently accepted.
  • We organized regular meet-ups starting this fall for past participants to reconnect and explore. Our first meet-up is scheduled for October where program alumni will attend the NC State Design School Open House event to tour studios and meet current Design School faculty and students.
  • Our next efforts are to match each interested program alumni with a summer internship at a local arts organization after the core program cycle and to develop a flexible arts scholarship fund.

To make a contribution through our secure campaign donation page please click here: 



  • EMPOWER! - Donation of $2,000+

    Your contribution will cover all expenses for one student-mentor pair. EMPOWER an artist to share their skills and creativity with the next generation. EMPOWER a student to explore their own ideas and bring them to fruition. EMPOWER your community by forming lasting connections. 

  • CONNECT! - Donation of $1,000+

    Your contribution will support the program’s community outreach efforts. CONNECT students to a wide range of artists, organizations, exhibitions and programming through fields trips and workshops that will enrich and broaden their creative experience. 

  • CELEBRATE! - Donation of $500+

    Your contribution will support the final exhibit. CELEBRATE our students and mentors by providing professional framing and presentation for their work, supporting elements of the exhibition as well as promotional efforts for events and programming.

  • Every donation makes an impact! - You can also make a contribution at any level you prefer.



If you have additional questions about the Creative Mentorship Program or if you would like to support the program in other ways, please contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Chellie LaPointe, at

About the Durham Art Guild: Established in 1948, the Durham Art Guild is one of the oldest nonprofit, member-driven visual arts organizations in the U.S. celebrating over 70 years of service to regional artists. The Guild's mission is to enrich and connect our communities by creating opportunities and providing leadership for current and future visual artists and art enthusiasts. The Guild operates multiple gallery venues including the largest nonprofit gallery in the Triangle, offering over 20 rotating exhibits and receptions, free to the community throughout the year showcasing over 300 regional artists. 

About Student U: Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students through middle school, high school, and college. By providing direct services during out of school time in the summer and after- school, and advocating for students and families within schools, Student U works to ensure that students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to beat the statistics and succeed in college.

Featured images:
1st block: Images are from the 2018 CMP and the "Brought to Life" exhibition events. Photos courtesy of Negin Naseri and Student U. 2nd block: Images are from the 2017 CMP and the "Place of Sense" exhibition. Photos courtesy of Negin Naseri and Student U. 3rd block: All images of 2016 CMP "Seeing Myself" exhibition. Photos courtesy of Bob Noceck. 4th block: All images of 2015 CMP "Rites of Passage" exhibition. Photos ourtesy of Tim Walter.