Launching this summer, Artisan Alliance is a new firm by designer and entrepreneur Danielle Arps, which aims to shake up the real estate and design industries. Bringing extensive interior design experience and relationships across the NYC real estate market, Arps saw a unique opportunity to offer brokerage, design, project management, and furniture all under one house to smaller companies (10,000-50,000 RS). In addition to these services, mentorship will be a key area of focus for the company. Artisan Alliance will use the Breakout Grant to establish a mentorship program called Artisan Mentored to provide students of color exposure and experience within the design, architecture, and real estate sectors where the lack of diversity remains a critical issue. The funding would support a part-time consultant to launch and manage the program, working closely with schools and non-profit organizations that have been vetted as ongoing partners. This unique program will also allow clients to select a student to work directly with Arps’ team on their project. Artisan Mentored will ultimately give these students invaluable professional experience and connections early on in their education, opening doors to future opportunities.