Race talk overshadows Mentoring Programme
This is how Culture Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has described comments made regarding the racial composition of Mentors with the Mentoring by the Masters Programme.
The programme creates a space for knowledge transfer from senior, accomplished artists and cultural workers (the ‘Mentors’), to up-and-coming peers in their respective fields.
The sixth installment of the programme was launched at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain on Monday.
Gadsby-Dolly expressed disappointment that this was the focus of commentary surrounding the programme.
"It is therefore unfortunate that the objective and tremendous success of this six-year programme can be overlooked and instead, focus be placed on the racial composition of the Mentors for the 2018 programme.”
The areas of focus for the programme are based on careful examination of the cultural landscape, policy direction of government and, in the case of 2018, the need to develop entrepreneurship in the sector. Mentors are therefore carefully selected by the Assessment Committee for their competencies in the area.
This year’s mentees will work with Wendell Manwarren for Let’s Make a Show , Eintou Pearl Springer in The Art & Practice of the Story , Meiling for Discovering the Fashion Industry, Felix Edinborough for The Pierrot Grenade In and Out of Carnival and Dr. Suzanne Burke for The Enterprise of the Arts.
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