Rolex Announces Initiative Mentors at NYC Gala

By Aramis Grant

Rolex held its bi-annual Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Gala, last night at New York’s Lincoln Center, celebrating its 2010-2011 mentorships and announced new mentors for 2012-2013.

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an international philanthropic program created to assist extraordinary, rising artists to achieve their full potential. It seeks out these artists from around the world and brings them together with great masters, for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

The six internationally recognized master artists announced last night, will serve as mentors in dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual arts in 2012-2013.

Each mentor “will select a talented young artist for a year of creative dialogue and exchange,” as expressed on the initiative press release. The mentors are: Canadaian author Margaret Atwood, French theater director Patrice Chèreau, Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil, South African visual artist William Kentridge, Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min and American film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.

As explained by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, “Each mentor will spend at least six weeks, over the course of a year, with his or her protégé. The individual pair will determine the structure, time and place of those meetings. In the past, some protégés have chosen to move to their mentors’ cities to allow for more sustained interactions, while others have decided to conduct their relationship by phone and email with regular visits to each other’s homes, studios, movie sets or rehearsal rooms. Each protégé receives $25,000 to support his or her participation in the programme. At the conclusion of the mentoring year, each protégé is eligible for an additional $25,000 for the creation of a new work.”

Past mentors include Martin Scorsese, Toni Morrison and Mira Nair among others.

Last night, a bunch of A-list celebrities attended the gala including Scorsese, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, and Paula Patton (who before starring in “Precious,” shadowed Denzel Washington). Also present, was Tony-award winning director Julie Taymor (her work includes Broadway’s The Lion King and Spider Man: Turn off the Dark — Taymor was a mentor during the initiative’s third cycle).

For more information on the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, visit http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com.

See photos from the Nov. 14, 2011 event on our Star Gazing page HERE.

*Check out Fox 5’s video coverage of last night’s gala HERE, on My FOX New York.

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