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Mentoring by the Masters

Mentoring by the Masters [colourful text]The Mentoring by the Masters project was developed in 2012 in recognition of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The programme allows participants to be taught and trained by senior, accomplished artists and cultural workers over a three-month period. Every year experts in various areas of cultural practice are chosen to mentor participants.  The programme encompasses developmental workshops and mentorship sessions.

The significance of knowledge transfer continues to resonate throughout this program, as it allows for meaningful interactions among our accomplished artists and cultural workers as well as our budding professionals in the Cultural Industries. This fosters innovation, creativity and builds upon the cultural attributes, indigenous skills and talents of our citizens all while facilitating the preservation of the intangible legacy of our national icons.‘ Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

Featured Mentors of 2016


Mr. Stephen Derek

Mr. Stephen Derek grew up with a passion for Mas, being able to learn to draw and design Mas from ...
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Ms. Rudylynn De Four Roberts

Ms. Rudylynn De Four Roberts is a Registered Architect who has been practicing in Trinidad and Tobago for 42 years and is ...
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Mr. Ravindra Nath Maharaj

Mr. Ravindra Nath Maharaj also known as Raviji is a cultural innovator and community worker at the Hindu Prachar Kendra ...
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Mr. Kenwyn Crichlow

Mr. Kenwyn Crichlow is an accomplished artist. He is also known for his work as a lecturer in the Visual ...
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Mr. Glendon Morris

Mr. Glendon Morris is the son of the legendary Ken Morris, who has carried on traditions in Mas Making and ...
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Past mentors include:

Zeno Constance
Rodney Ramjit
Krishna Persad
Dr. Kim Johnson
Errol Ince
Earl Lovelace
Lindy Ann Bodden-Rich
Marina Salandy-Brown
Renee Cummings
Joseph Valley
Narcenio ‘Señor’ Gomez
Winsford Devine
trinidad + tobago film festival
Paul Keens-Douglas
Albert Laveau


Areas of Focus to date include:

Theatre Arts
Costume Design and Making for Ramleela
Classical Indian Dance
Writing for Film
Music/ Music Accompaniment
Festival Development
Heritage Preservation through Film
Literary Arts
Heritage Architecture Preservation
Professional Development for Visual Arts
Copper Arts