Supporting quality, excellence and performance— a cross-generational exchange like no other. Rolex unveils its list of inspiring mentors and talented protégés for the 2020-2021 Rolex Arts Initiative
With a long-standing dedication to fostering excellence and helping talent to flourish, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative introduces its list of mentors and protégés for the 2020-2021 Rolex Arts Initiative. Four of the most groundbreaking and influential artists in their respective disciplines – Spike Lee (Film), Phyllida Lloyd (Theatre), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Open Category), and Carrie Mae Weems (Visual Arts) – have been named as mentors in the 2020−2021 Rolex Arts Initiative. This cycle, the programme addresses a new variable eighth discipline, the “open category” mentorship.
Over the next two years, the mentors will guide and collaborate with their chosen protégés as they seek to achieve the highest level of artistry in their respective craft. British director Phyllida Lloyd, who has directed Mamma Mia! (musical and film) as well as The Iron Lady, will work closely with Whitney White, who is an accomplished director, musician/ composer, and actress. While American artist Carrie Mae Weems has chosen Colombian filmmaker and visual artist, Camila Rodriguez Triana.
Originally created in 2002, the philanthropic programme is inspired by the ethos of Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, whose goal was to foster excellence, performance and continuous improvement in all of Rolex’s activities. Seeking gifted individuals across the globe, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative assists in the transmission of knowledge across generations, and embodies Rolex’s long-standing tradition of supporting and perpetuating excellence.