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Marcus Gilmore, one of the mentees in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Photo: Dave Kaufman.

Participants Announced for Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Architect David Adjaye, composer Zakir Hussain, choreographer Crystal Pie, and writer Colm Tóibín will serve as advisers for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative this year, which unites emerging artists with accomplished figures in their fields, writes Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times. The apprenticing artists are Colin Barrett (literature), Marcus Gilmore (music), Mariam Kamara (architecture), and Khoudia Touré (dance). Each protégé will receive a stipend of $42,900 and spend about six weeks with their mentor.

Some of the program’s alumni include architect David Chipperfield, filmmakers Mira Nair and Alejandro González Iñárritu, opera singer Jessye Norman, and artist Robert Wilson. Rolex also plans to increasing funding for the program. 

Starting this year, the initiative will have eight disciplines. Four mentorships will be offered each year over the course of two years. For 2018–19, architecture, dance, literature, and music will be the focus. For 2020–21, film, theater, visual art, and a “wild card” eighth discipline will be on the agenda.

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