Islands Society Seeks Mentors for 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artists Program – 08/23/15

Leading non-profit seeks experienced artists and professionals in visual arts to participate in unique mentorship program for next generation artists from the Pacific Islands

Auckland, New Zealand — August 24, 2015 — Following the success of its inaugural class, the Islands Society is proud to see the second class of Pacific Next Generations Artists launch later this year. To support the development of these young artists, the Islands Society is now seeking established artists, curators, journalists, and others with expertise in the visual arts to serve as their mentors.

“In 2016, we plan to expand the services that we offer to our Pacific Next Generation Artists,” says Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “In addition to showcasing their works in our virtual galleries and their insights and analysis in our publications, we also want to pair the artists with mentors across a wide range of topics, including exhibitions, communications, marketing, and partnerships.”

The Islands Society is therefore calling on experienced visual art professionals who are passionate about fostering the next generation of visual artists in the Pacific Islands to be part of the mentorship program for the 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artists.

In the words of past participant Jeffry Feeger, “One of the major strengths of the Pacific Next Generation Artists Program is that it enables young artists to establish a collective presence. In this way, we can be supportive of each other’s passions and encourage one another’s growth … Ultimately, the identification and celebration of artistic talent helps to foster cultural icons whom of which help to raise the profile of the arts in our region. Since I would like to see and to be a part the emergence of a cultural renaissance in the Pacific, I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of such initiatives.”

All interested mentors are asked to contact Keiko Ono, the Vice President of the Islands Society, at

Criteria of Mentors:

  • Must have 15+ years of professional experience in the visual arts
  • Experience working in the Pacific region or familiarity with the region is preferred but not required

Responsibilities of Mentors include:

  • Agreeing to virtually contact the next generation artists on a monthly basis
  • Agreeing to advise and support participants in the development and completion of projects via virtual correspondence
  • Agreeing to provide suggestions on mentors for future programs

About the 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artists Program

Through the Pacific Next Generation (NexGen) Artists Program, the Islands Society provides talented young artists from regional island communities who are online members of the Islands Society with a global stage to showcase their talents. Pacific NexGen Artists will be given their own virtual gallery on the Island Society’s website as well as marketing and communications support to create global awareness for their art works. They will also be provided the opportunity to publish articles and blog posts to build their brand.



2016 NexGen Artist Program:

2014 NexGen Artist Program:

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The society’s community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the society’s next generation leader projects help artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists realize their full potential on the world stage.


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