CLUTCH is back! Apply now!

Back in its 6th year, CLUTCH is a FREE six-month intensive arts-based and cultural immersion program for young Filipinas (aged 17-24) to start a dialogue with each other, get mentorship from professional artists, and have access to professional tools to hone their creativity.

Previous CLUTCH program alumni include Renelyn Quinicot, a jewelry artisan (ESPADA Jewelry), and Flerida Pena, an emerging playwright and performer (Sister Mary's a Dyke?!, CAHOOTS Theatre 2013).

We're looking for you! Yes, YOU! Are you curious about different career paths? Do you picture your future self working as a creative? Do you wonder how professionals do what they love? Are you looking for a place to learn more about your Filipino roots and history, too? Then apply for CLUTCH! More details after the jump!



Clutch Vol. 6 begins March 2014. Workshops are held every other Saturday at Kapisanan (unless otherwise noted) until August 2014.

Complete submissions require 1) an application form and 2) 3-5 pieces of supporting work (images and/or samples of writing and/or audio from your portfolio).

You can download the application form here. The DEADLINE to apply is Friday, February 7, 2014. EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2014!

PRINT Applications: Hard copies of your application can be dropped off at 167 Augusta Ave, during office hours (Wed- Thu, 12-8PM). WEB Applications: Soft copies can be emailed to until 11:59PM on Friday, February 7, 2014.

More information on the CLUTCH program and its history can be found here. We look forward to your applications and thank you, maraming salamat, for your interest in CLUTCH!

For questions and other information about CLUTCH, contact Bea Palanca, CLUTCH Vol. 1 alumna and CLUTCH Vol. 6 Coordinator, at


Help enrich the professional development of young Filipinas! A contribution of $75 to the CLUTCH program allows a youth participant one hour of one-on-one mentorship with a relatable professional in the creative industry of their choice.

"Doing what you love takes strategic skills, perseverance and focus. Clutch is one of those programs where the workshops and one-on-one mentorship is provided to help guide young people towards creating sustainable livelihoods out of their passions. Having actively taken part as a mentor, I know for a fact that promoting the idea that one can take their livelihood into their own hands, instills confidence, empowerment and self-awareness." - Christine Mangosing, Clutch Mentor |

KAPISANAN is a safe, positive space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.