A mentor is someone with recognized managerial experience who is qualified to guide those seeking personalized support and advice. If you excel in a particular field or manage an organization or company, it is highly probable that others could benefit from your skills and experience.
The aim of a cultural mentorship is to develop and integrate a new generation of administrators, to help break the isolation of managerial staff, and to strengthen inter-generational bonds by facilitating the transfer of skills and knowledge. Several studies have shown that mentoring helps to improve the quality of management and increase the success rate of new organizations, enabling them to better adapt to crisis situations and rapid change.
This program is administered by the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management of HEC Montréal.
A mentor has the following duties:
- to accompany, on a volunteer basis, a person seeking to develop his or her skills
- to emphasize the importance of inter-personal skills
- to be in tune with the specific needs of the individual
- to respond to the questions, sometimes of a delicate nature, of new administrators
- to be available long-term
Offer your volunteer services to an organization that you would like to support; the needs are great and varied in many artistic disciplines (theatre, visual arts, dance, music, etc.).
1. Identify the discipline that most interests you and choose an organization.
2. Contact the organization’s management or director of human resources.
3. Introduce yourself.
4. Ask how your time and energy can be used to develop the organization’s managerial skills.
In addition, there are twinning programs that facilitate contact with artistic organizations with specified needs for mentors.
Contact the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal to offer your services in its cultural mentorship program.
“Each mentor relationship is unique, for it is based on the specific needs and resources of the mentor and mentoree. The relationship is an island of confidentiality where sensitive subjects can be broached—such as reconciling work and family—with someone who has no official stake in the organization.”
– Simon Van Vliet, former Coordinator of Mentorat culturel
“The mentorship program is designed to help cultural managers at pivotal moments in the evolution of their organization or career. And it is often as interesting for the mentor as for the mentoree, since it involves re-examining one’s experience and getting a clearer perspective on one’s own path..”
– André Courchesne, Chair of Arts Management, HEC Montréal