Applications for Protege 2023 have closed. Applicants will hear back by the first week of April.


ACTIVATE Protege is a mentorship program that pairs up-and-coming arts leaders with industry professionals. Formally a program of Emerging Arts Leaders, Protege now has a new home at Arts for LA! 

The idea for Protege emerged in 2007 during a convening for arts professionals—in association with Americans for the Arts—when the issue of mentorship was discussed and deemed essential for the advancement of future arts leaders in the greater Los Angeles arts community. Since its inception, Protege has connected approximately 140 participants.

Program Overview

Protege is a 7-month program (April - October) where selected mentors and mentees meet regularly to discuss mutually agreed upon topics with an emphasis on the mentee’s areas of interest and desired professional growth. Participants receive personalized and invaluable professional development opportunities aimed to enrich the careers of both mentee and mentor.

Additionally, the program includes monthly cohort sessions exclusive to the mentees. These meetings are a way for the mentee cohort to create a community of peers, discuss relevant topics in leadership and the arts, and gain exclusive opportunities to speak with and learn from various arts leaders. 

Protege mentorship components are self-administered by its participants with guidance from program leads, while Mentee Cohort Sessions are led by members of the ACTIVATE Emerging Arts Leaders program. The process of building relationships and idea-sharing hopes to ignite new, innovative ways to approach leadership growth within the arts community.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must live, work or study in LA County.
  • Participants must be able to commit to all sessions.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Participants will be selected to represent the broad geography and demographics of Los Angeles County.



Applications for Protege 2023 have closed. Applicants will hear back by the first week of April.


Questions? Email: [email protected]