Mentors play an important role in the Creative Community Fellows program.
They provide guidance and coaching for our Fellows. They help make connections that expand Fellows’ networks. NAS believes that both practical and theoretical learning are important in expanding knowledge. For Creative Community Fellows, mentors serve as a link between the faculty-led classroom sessions and how these concepts are applied in communities.

Past Mentors Have Included:

Lynne McCormack

Director of Creative Placemaking
National Programs | LISC

Donna Neuwirth

Executive Director |
The Wormfarm Institute

Kristina Newman-Scott

Director of Culture | Connecticut Department of Economic
& Community Development

Lisa Niedermeyer

Director of Client Development | Fractured Atlas

George Scheer

Co-founder & Director |

janera solomon

Executive Director |
Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Beck Tench

Independent Educator

Javier Torres

Director of National Grantmaking |
ArtPlace America

Lisa Yancey

Principal | Yancey Consulting

Become a Mentor

Join the Creative Community Fellows network

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Attend the Creative Community House mentor weekend (usually Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon) including all meals and sessions
  • Work closely with 2-3 assigned Fellows while at the House
  • Maintain contact with the Fellows, engaging in quarterly check-in sessions with assigned Fellows for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Share topic-specific expertise with the cohort during group sessions
  • When appropriate, make introductions and connections for Fellows

Ideal mentors possess the following qualities and abilities:

  • Openness to guiding and learning from Fellows
  • Value diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Enthusiastic about “giving back” to the field and developing future leaders

Email us to let us know you're interested.