Arts Out Loud Announces Mentoring Program For LGBTQ Youth

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Tuesday, 03/21/2017


Arts Out Loud announced the launch of a new LGBTQ youth arts focused mentoring program this spring. Discover Out Loud Mentoring, which is open to LGBTQ youth ages 16-22, is intended to help build confidence and experience in rising artists in the areas of film, theatre, dance, and music. Applications are now open for mentors and mentees in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and for online mentoring. Registration ends on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

“Discover Out Loud is an elite, new mentoring concept that I’m proud to say is the only program offered at no-cost, to mentees, not affiliated with a college or university,” shares Jennifer Heastings, founder and CEO of the organization. “The idea is to match our young artists with adults actively working in entertainment. With the current administration considering the shutdown of arts funding students need a supportive environment to continue to hone their skills. Through sharing personal experiences and one on one guidance, our kids feel empowered and encouraged to keep pursuing their dreams of working in the arts and will have a pro in their corner going forward.

Mentee applicants are required to provide letters of recommendation from instructors to be accepted into the program. Mentees must also be current students pursuing their discipline. Mentor applicants must be LGBTQ-friendly and currently working at a professional level with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.

“I hope to offer the knowledge that I have gained working in the entertainment industry and be the support that our LGBTQ youth need to maneuver through this industry,” said Mentor Terrence Spencer, a featured dancer recently on tour with Adam Lambert. “I realize that one’s sexual identity can, for some, create an emotional obstacle based on a fear of being pre-judged,” said Mentor Joaquin Sedillo, known for his role as Cinematographer on the current series, Scream Queens, “these fears often can affect some young people’s confidence. I’d like to be part of the process allowing the young artist to approach their process of artistic evolution without those fears or obstacles.”

The program is a one-year match that is renewable with two application periods (one in spring, one in fall). Mentors and mentees who apply to the program will be matched by Arts Out Loud’s mentoring program coordinator. Arts Out Loud cannot guarantee that every applicant will be matched.

For more information on the Discover Out Loud Mentoring Program or to apply, please visit:

About Arts Out Loud

Arts Out Loud enriches the lives of under-served LGBTQ youth aspiring to a career in the arts through programs including Discover Out Loud Mentoring, Dream Out Loud Scholarship Fund, and Speak Out Loud community sharing events. For more information, please visit

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