In Israel, the study of art therapy will soon be subject to official regulations, based on recommendations by a Higher Education Council panel and the Health Ministry, reports Dan Even in Ha’aretz. The recommendations have been submitted to the Knesset Health Committee, which is expected to approve them soon. The panel, headed by Haifa University School of Education head Professor Adir Cohen, drafted recommendations for recognizing graduate studies in musical, visual art, and drama therapy. It decided that only master’s degree graduates should be recognized as art therapists. Students with bachelor's degrees in other subjects would need to complement their master's degree with therapeutic studies such as basic psychology courses and courses in their field of art. The supplementary courses would include 300 hours of art studies at an academic or professional institution and 200 hours of field experience. Students could receive an exemption by submitting a relevant portfolio of works. The two-year M.A. program would include 600 hours of practical training. In order to receive a ministry license to practice, graduates would have to go through 960 hours of internship and pass a Health Ministry exam. These recommendations would enable the Health Ministry to supervise the practice and control how many people could enter the field of art therapy. As of 2004, there were 2,000 art therapists practicing in Israel. That year the High Court of Justice ordered the authorities to stop issuing certificates recognizing paramedical professions that were not regulated by law, including art therapy. Since then, the profession has been unsupervised. Once the practice is regulated, anyone presenting himself as an art therapist who lacks the proper education and training will be committing a criminal offense. However, the law will apply only to students who begin art therapy studies after the recommendations are approved; currently practicing art therapists are expected to be recognized under the law.
- 29 Samantha Presnal reports for the Valley Advocate that arts initiatives in the Pioneer Valley have been bolstered by two substantial grants awarded to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Enchanted Circle Theater of Northampton. Both institutions focus on learning about and learning through the arts. With $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Mount Holyoke Museum plans to digitize its extensive collection within a two-year period. The funding won’t bring any new acquisitions to the museum, but it will broaden access to its resources. Through the prospective photograph and research efforts, students, faculty, and the public at large will eventually find the museum’s array of art work, most notably its paper and antiquities collections, always available. The Enchanted Circle Theater, an educational theater company that familiarizes children with the many components of performing arts, will team up with the Northampton public schools through the Creative Classrooms Initiative. The Northampton Education Foundation has given the Circle Theater $15,000 to launch the collaboration, which will incorporate the stage into the academic arena.The California Institute of the Arts has found a new leader for its theater school, reports the Los Angeles Times. Travis Preston will take over the position of dean of the School of Theater on August 1. He succeeds Erik Ehn, who left CalArts in 2009 to become the head of the graduate playwriting program at Brown University. In the most recent academic year, the CalArts theater school was led on an interim basis by Leslie Tamaribuchi and Ellen McCartney. Preston has been associated with CalArts for more than ten years. He came to the theater school in 1999 as head of the directing program. In 2003, he took on the role of director of performance programs and artistic director of the Center for New Performance. He previously served as associated artist and resident director at the Yale Repertory Theater and as an associate artist at Baltimore’s Centerstage.
- 27 Beginning in the summer of 2011, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will offer a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art Practice, a low-residency, interdisciplinary program of study that offers experienced artists an opportunity to deepen their studio practice and to develop an advanced body of work under the guidance of artists and critics. The program will be chaired by educator and art museum professional David A. Ross. Ross has assembled a leading group of artists, curators, historians, and critics to serve as faculty members, guest lecturers, and mentors in the new program, including: Vito Acconci, Cory Arcangel, Dara Birnbaum, Liam Gillick, Terrence Koh, Ming Wei Lee, Glenn Ligon, Stephen Henry Madoff, Robert Pincus-Witten, Gary Simmons, András Szántó, Carrie Mae Weems, Lawrence Weiner, and Terry Winters, among others. Ross cites the fully-interdisciplinary approach to the MFA degree as an emerging trend in art education. "The MFA in Art Practice is based on the idea that increasingly artists do not wish to define their practice by a specific medium or discipline," he says. "In this post-Conceptual era, artists often pursue their practice by engaging an idea first, which then may involve a combination of media, technologies and techniques." Ross explains, "With the flexibility that a low-residency program offers, SVA will provide a new option for practicing artists--across the county and the world--to advance their careers while taking advantage of the remarkable range of resources available to students at SVA." The immersive sixty-six-credit degree program is comprised of a curriculum with coursework structured to be delivered via an interactive online learning environment throughout the course of two academic calendar years, in addition to a series of three intensive six-week summer sessions to be held at the College's campus in New York City. During the summer sessions, students will further their body of work during dedicated studio time, while attending classes, seminars, and critiques and engaging with the diverse cultural offerings and resources that the city of New York and the vibrant SVA community provide.
- 26 Two schools and three major museums are among the buildings up for this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize announces the BBC News. The shortlist, described as “unique” in the award’s history, sees two UK schools up against museums in Oxford, Rome, and Berlin. The Bateman’s Row mixed-use development in east London rounds off the shortlist for the $32,000 award. Christ’s College School in Guildford, Surrey, and Clapham Manor Primary School in southwest London are vying with Oxford’s recently revamped Ashmolean Museum. Rome’s new contemporary art museum Maxxi is also up for the prestigious award, as is Neues Museum, in Berlin. * The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - Rick Mather Architects * Bateman’s Row, London - Theis and Khan Architects * Christ’s College School, Guildford - DSDHA * Clapham Manor Primary School, London - dRMM * Maxxi, National Museum of XXI Art, Rome - Zaha Hadid Architects * The Neues Museum, Berlin - David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects Now in its 15th year, the Riba Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the best new European building which is “built or designed in Britain.” Riba president Ruth Reed said: “Unique in the history of the Riba Stirling Prize, three major museum buildings make up half of the list, showing us three very different ways of building and re-building museums and galleries.”
- 23 Amy Rolph reports for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle voted against taking an unprecedented move to unionize this week. If successful, the move would have been a first for for-profit schools in Washington state. The faculty at the small college near Pike Place Market voted this week to decide if they should unionize. A statement released by the school's president Friday morning said the unionization effort was defeated. “We are pleased with the results of this election and appreciate the support our faculty members have demonstrated for our administrative team,” said Art Institute of Seattle president Elden Monday. “The results of this election will not be final until certified by the National Labor Relations Board.” Monday when on to say: “We are humbled by this positive outcome and look forward to working with our dynamic and dedicated faculty to make The Art Institute of Seattle even better for students, faculty, and staff alike.” Earlier in the week, faculty said a clear majority was in favor of the plan. “They felt like the quality of education was suffering, that there was a big emphasis on getting as many students as possible,” said Sylvia Watson, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Teachers in Washington state. “Students weren't always getting jobs after they got out, they were just kind of churning them through.”The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is getting $1.25 million to help faculty use the museum’s collections as a teaching resource, reports the Associated Press. The grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will create an endowment for two new staff positions to help faculty integrate the museum and its collections into the college’s curriculum. Brian Kennedy, the museum’s director, says faculty members from a variety of departments from philosophy to environmental studies have requested items for classroom use. Museum staff members typically pull between 3,500 and 5,000 works of art from storage for classroom use each year.
- 22 The Harvard Art Museums announce the appointment of Lynette Roth as Daimler-Benz associate curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. “I am happy to welcome Lynette to our staff,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot director of the Harvard Art Museums, in a press release. “Her academic experience and her original work as a curator and writer make her perfectly suited to this position and to our teaching and research mission.” In 2008, Roth curated an exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, in Cologne, Germany, titled “Köln Progressiv 1920–33: Seiwert–Hoerle–Arntz,” which focused on three core members of the artistic circle known as the Cologne Progressives. The exhibition then traveled in 2009 to the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto under the title “Painting as a Weapon.” The accompanying catalogue, edited and authored by Roth, appeared in both English and German and has been hailed as a definitive book on the subject. Roth also has taught at Johns Hopkins University, lectured widely in the United States and abroad on wide-ranging aspects of German art production, and published several articles and essays. Roth received a Ph.D in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and a BA in interdisciplinary studies and German languages and literature from the University of Michigan in 1998. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cologne, a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow, and a Dedalus Foundation fellow. Currently the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Roth’s work there has focused on the museum’s collection of German modernism. Her efforts will culminate in the first comprehensive and scholarly catalog on the museum’s extensive Max Beckmann paintings collection.
- 21 Geoff Edgars reports for the Boston Globe that three artists whose work was to be featured in a September show at the Rose Art Museum are pulling out until Brandeis University makes a legally binding promise to preserve the campus museum’s valuable permanent collection. Bill Viola, a renowned video artist, and painters April Gornik and Eric Fischl have postponed the show “Atmospheric Conditions’’ until Brandeis administrators sign an agreement not to sell art from the collection, according to Gornik. It’s the latest public setback for the Rose, which has been trying to recover since Brandeis announced plans last year to close the museum and sell artworks to help solve a university-wide money crunch. After a backlash from artists, national museum leaders, and donors, Brandeis pledged to hold off on any sales, and the university said last May that it would work with Sotheby’s auction house to try to raise money by loaning out artworks. But Brandeis has not ruled out selling works from the collection, which has been valued at more than $350 million, and a group of Rose overseers has filed a lawsuit against the university to block any sales. “Frankly, I had thought the whole controversy had been resolved and that the collection was safe and not in danger of being sold,’’ Gornik said this week. “I didn’t realize there was so much possibility of it being sold. We’ve been very encouraged that the president of the university apparently stated that he doesn’t intend to sell the collection, but without some sort of legally binding evidence, we’ve decided to postpone the show.’’ In place of “Atmospheric Conditions,’’ the Rose plans a September show by James Rosenquist, a famed pop artist who has a long relationship with the Rose. Rosenquist called the idea of selling art from the Rose’s collection “horrible,’’ and he spoke at a $250-a-ticket event at New York’s Pace Gallery this summer to raise money for the lawsuit. But he disagrees with the tactics of Viola, Gornik, and Fischl.“That’s a knee-jerk reaction from them,’’ he said by phone from his Florida studio. “I’m having a show there that will put a spotlight on the museum, and maybe they won’t sell anything. I’d rather do that than be negative and pull out and let it dry up.’’ Rosenquist said that shifts in the university’s approach have complicated a difficult situation. “Everybody’s under a different impression’’ about Brandeis’s plans, he said.
- 17 Louisiana State University at Alexandria will eliminate thirty-two positions, including faculty, and wipe off the books seven unfilled jobs in a preliminary plan that seeks to adjust to an estimated $2.6 million shortfall in the 2010-11 budget year. “We're doing everything we can to mitigate” the cutbacks and “keep the majority of the core mission” of LSUA, Chancellor David Manuel said. Six of the layoffs would come from LSUA “eliminating its presence” at the Alexandria Museum of Art, intercollegiate athletics and the university's media relations department. LSUA also would shutter the art student lab at the A.C. Buchanan Building in downtown Alexandria. No decisions will be made today, said Charles Zewe, LSU system vice president for communication and external affairs. Decisions on cuts will be made in the coming months when LSU officials get a clearer picture of revenues, Zewe said.
- 16 Philly.com's Inga Saffron reports that just when it seemed that the cliff wall of the fast-rising Convention Center addition would define North Broad Street’s new image, along comes the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a plan for a cozy, yet ambitious, plaza. The idea for the plaza, located on Cherry Street, across from the Convention Center’s new front door, has been percolating for years. But the scope of the undertaking became clear only last week, when the academy revealed the project’s final form. The inclusion of a fifty-three-foot-tall pop-art paintbrush by Claes Oldenburg grabbed the attention. PAFA is clearly hoping that this tilted artwork will become a Philadelphia icon like the sculptor’s Market Street Clothespin. The original impetus for the plaza was to unite the academy’s two halves: its celebrated Furness & Hewitt building and the adjacent annex recently carved out of a 1920s automobile showroom. PAFA will pedestrianize Cherry Street from Broad to Carlisle Street, and outfit the 40-foot-wide passage with benches, restaurant tables, and sculpture in time for the Convention Center’s opening next spring. Over time, expectations for the plaza have grown. Its job now is to tie together two strands of Philadelphia’s economic strategy: hospitality and culture. The passage, which is being named Lenfest Plaza for its main donors, the philanthropists H.F. “Gerry” and Marguerite Lenfest–is envisioned as the start of a city arts walk. Olin’s David Rubin designed the benches with a continuous electronic screen at their base featuring colorful, shifting images by Jenny Holzer, who often incorporates projections in her work. Although PAFA’s $3 million budget includes no funding for the piece, Rubin has vowed to raise it himself. Its presence would upgrade the project from merely good to near thrilling.
- 13 Colleen Kennedy for the Daily Iowan reports that the University of Iowa (UI) plans to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of funding to build a new museum of art at a new location. FEMA determined that the building is repairable, meaning damage from the 2008 flood did not exceed fifty percent of the cost to replace the facility to its pre-flood conditions. This causes the UI to be ineligible for funding for a new museum to be built elsewhere, according to the UI’s FEMA appeal. But university officials said they will appeal the decision, arguing the building cannot return to normal conditions because the museum’s insurer, Lloyds of London, said it will not provide coverage if the artwork returns to the previous, high-risk location. “We cannot return the collection there and have insurance for it, which is a key fact,” said Doug True, the UI senior vice president for finance. “We are asking FEMA to reconsider financially supporting the replacement of the museum of art because of the new facts we have.” The original museum of art building, built in 1969, was funded by private donors with the sole purpose of housing art. If the artwork cannot be insured at the current museum, the purpose of the building has been destroyed, Professor Emeritus HD Hoover said. In addition, FEMA is requiring the UI to obtain proper insurance on the museum to help protect against future loss during a disaster before it will provide assistance. This is impossible at the current location, officials noted. If the UI cannot meet FEMA’s conditions, it will not be eligible for future assistance from the agency should another flood occur. Additionally, the museum of art would lose accreditation from the American Association of Museum, which would significantly damage its national reputation. The UI, expecting to get the FEMA assistance, has already started the planning process to build on a new location. It put together a museum of art envisioning committee, which has named three possible new sites. The university is also in the middle of a search for a new museum director; one candidate visited the campus in late June. Despite the setback, those involved with planning for a new museum said they are hopeful the appeal process will come out in their favor. Nancy Quellhorst, the president of Iowa City Area chamber of commerce and member of the museum of art envisioning committee, said she believes the UI is well-positioned to appeal successfully. Currently, the artwork is being housed in various locations on campus as well as in the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Having a permanent museum is of critical importance, said Willard “Sandy” Boyd, the interim director of the Museum of Art.
- 12 The Boston Globe reports that Endeca Technologies Inc., a Cambridge-based search applications company, said that it has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to “provide the software and technical assistance that will provide website users with a robust search engine experience when accessing the nation’s first online digitized presidential archives.” The digital archives will launch in 2011, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, Endeca said in a press release. “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the first among American presidential libraries not 'born digital' to undertake the creation of a digital library,” the release added. “Of the thirteenth presidential libraries in existence today, only President Bill Clinton’s and President George W. Bush’s contain born-digital materials.” The release included a statement from Tom Putnam, director of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, who said, “Our library’s research facilities are among the busiest of its kind, so it was essential for us to find new ways to make our archives––and all their varied multi-media––accessible to everyone from the most seasoned historian, to school children experiencing this information for the first tim
- 07 The Chicago Tribune reports that a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed mansion sixty miles south of Chicago, which some authorities recognize as the first example of the architect's Prairie Style, has been purchased by historic preservationists who plan to open the home for tours and turn it into an arts education center. The historic preservationists, who organized as the non-profit Wright in Kankakee, on Wednesday bought the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, for $1.7 million–$200,000 less than the asking price of owners Gaines Hall, an architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his wife Sharon, according to Elisabeth Dunbar, the group's president. “The terms that the Halls gave us were exceedingly generous,” Dunbar said, adding that the group has a thirty-year mortgage but declining to give additional financial details. “We wish them every success,” Hall said, adding that he and his wife hope the house will become “one bit of an economic engine” that draws tourists and businesses to Kankakee and nearby towns. The Halls carried out an immaculate restoration of the house after buying it in 2005, investing more than $1 million to rebuild missing walls and rooms, replace bathrooms, and restore the home's once-crumbling stable, which was turned into a gift shop. Dunbar said group tours are already scheduled for July and August. Other income will come from a community foundation that plans to lease office space in the house's former servant quarters, Dunbar said. Grants and event fees are another likely source of income. The non-profit also may make the house available to school groups who want to study its art and architecture–exactly the kind of use envisioned by the Halls. “We know it will be a lot of hard work, but this house is too important in the body of Wright's work to go overlooked any longer,” Dunbar said in a prepared statement.
- 06 Professor Thomas Rondinella will serve as the chair of the new communication and the arts department at Seton Hall, according to The Setonian “Too many students say ‘Oh I didn’t know we had a TV department,’ ‘I didn’t know we had painting,’” Rondinella said. “I think part of my job is to raise the profile of the department to let everybody know the great things that our students are doing, that our faculty is doing, and all the great things that our alum are doing.” The new department will also take a look at curriculum and ways to do more interdisciplinary work with communication, art and music. The curriculum will also be kept up to date to stay relevant as times change. “This area that we are in, communication and arts, is constantly changing and always fluid so we have to always be fluid with our curriculum and ideas, we have to change our curriculum according to what is going on in the real world so our students can better be served when they graduate,” Rondinella said. Changes will come with the merging of the departments, according to Rondinella, but only good ones. Rondinella will continue to teach two classes a semester as well as advise broadcast and visual interactive media majors, in addition to all other students in the department. Some of his freelance work includes a documentary with communications faculty member Dr. James Kimble, titled _Scrappers_, which had a world premiere in Nebraska, and a short film titled _Beating Hearts_, which will premiere next month in Montreal.
- 05 The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College unveiled the first in a series of new displays that promise to refresh every gallery in the museum before the start of the 2010 to 2011 academic year. “I can’t imagine a more satisfying, or more ambitious, summer project,” observed the museum’s director, Elizabeth Barker. “Thanks to the tireless, often inspired collaborations of our curatorial team, we’re radically transforming the Mead, and doing so with more ingenuity and elbow grease than expense. Even longtime visitors should expect to be surprised by the unfamiliar treasures mined from our storerooms and presented in fresh, intellectually provocative ways.” Following a five-week closure, the Mead will reopen incrementally to visitors during the Independence Day weekend with a display of post-World War II art. Additional galleries will reopen as they are refurbished, at a rate of approximately one per week throughout July and August. The new displays will present art of the early 20th century; art of the late 19th century; portraits from the ancient world to the Modern era; art of the Baroque era through the late 19th century; images of power and kingship from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas; and art of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Temporary installations featuring prints by the Spanish Romantic artist Goya and works by the Russian émigré writer Joseph Brodsky will open in September. The Mead’s lobby, with its café and bookshop, remains open throughout the summer and features a temporary computer station where visitors may take virtual, interactive tours of the new displays. Throughout the reinstallation project, the Mead remains free of charge and fully accessible.
Scottish Academy of Fashion Launched by Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and DesignThe new Scottish Academy of Fashion has just secured £220,000 of Government funding to develop Scotland as a “global center of excellence” for developing the next generation of fashion stars, reports The Herald's Edd McCracken in Scotland. Led by Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles and Design the academy is a partnership between four other institutions: Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Art School, Grays School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The idea of an academy was first mooted in April 2008 to help create an environment to allow fashion graduates to remain in Scotland. Now with £220,000 from the Scottish Funding Council to be distributed over 18 months, the academy is on the cusp of launching a website and taking its brand on to the world stage. Aside from the Mackintosh venture several similar collaborative projects are already in place with a full calendar of events planned. Unlike St Martins College in London, the UK’s leading powerhouse for fashion, aspiring Scottish Academy of Fashion students do not apply directly to the institution. Instead, anyone studying fashion at the participating colleges will be able to tap into the academy’s projects.
- 03 The New York Daily News reports that spending on arts supplies and visits by cultural institutions has dropped drastically at city schools over the last three years, even as overall education spending has grown, a new report shows. While education spending increased by about 13% between 2006 and 2009, funding for arts supplies, musical instruments, and other equipment fell by 68%, the report by the Center for Arts Education found. Spending on partnerships with city cultural institutions decreased by 31%, although the system did hire 139 more full-time arts teachers. By some measures, the result has been a reduction of arts classes. The percentage of high school students taking three or more arts classes dropped to 28% last year from 46% during the 2006 school year, Education Department data show. And only 39% of elementary school students met state arts education mandates. Arts advocates say the drop is linked to the Education Department's 2007 decision to stop requiring principals to spend a specific amount of their budget on the arts. "Given the extreme pressure schools are under to raise test scores, and the greater autonomy principals have over school budgets, it is not surprising that we are witnessing a shift away from the arts," the report states. The Education Department vigorously disputed the report's conclusions, saying more students are getting at least the basic arts requirements. For example, 84% of high schools offered the mandated two semesters of arts to students last year, up from 76% during the 2006 school year, agency data shows. "We firmly believe that the investment in licensed teachers of arts is where schools should be headed," said Paul King, director of the Education Department's arts program.The AFP reports that a painting in Yale University's vast art collection that had been attributed to an unknown 17th century Spanish painter is in fact a work by Spanish master Diego Velazquez, the school said Friday. _The Education of the Virgin_ was donated in 1925 by two brothers from New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale is located. The family had acquired it some forty years earlier, said Dorie Baker, a spokeswoman for the school. The piece was over 300 years old and in poor condition when it was donated, and it languished undisplayed in storage, along with other paintings, sculptures, and artifacts in the university's collection. It came to light as part of a multiyear effort by the school to review its collection, and after six years of study, experts now believe the work is by Velazquez, considered one of the most important painters in the Spanish baroque period. In a statement, the university said the painting was currently being evaluated for conservation treatment and was not on display.
- 02 Lili Rosboch for Bloomberg reports that the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative named the six 2010–11 artists who will receive financial support while working with a leader in their field for a year. United States poet Tracy K. Smith was selected from three literature finalists and will be paired with Germany’s Hans Magnus Enzensberger. “I was about eight months pregnant with my daughter and I got an e-mail from Rolex saying that I had been nominated,” said Smith, thirty-eight, in a telephone interview. “I had never heard of it, so I was a little bit intrigued.” The mentors chose the artist they will work with. Trisha Brown selected Australian dancer and choreographer Lee Serle, twenty-eight. Brian Eno, a musician and composer known for his ambient music and producing albums for Talking Heads and U2, will mentor Ben Frost, thirty, an Australian-born composer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. South African artist Nicholas Hlobo, thirty-four, will work with Anish Kapoor. Maya Zbib, a twenty-nine-year-old Lebanese theater and performance artist will get mentoring from director Peter Sellars. Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir, thirty-six, will be guided by Chinese movie director Zhang Yimou. Proteges will have individually tailored programs, the only rule being to spend a minimum ofthirty working days with their mentor. As part of the Rolex initiative, each mentor receives an honorarium of $50,000. Proteges receive $25,000 plus help with travel and accommodation, and they are eligible for another $25,000 at the end of the year to undertake an independent project. Past mentors have included John Baldessari, David Hockney and Stephen Frears. Martin Scorsese’s protegee, Celina Murga, spent two months with him on the set of his film “Shutter Island” and was eventually invited to his famously off-limits editing room. “The mentors that are chosen, they’re not only great artists but they have to be generous and interested in young people,” said Rebecca Irvin, the program’s director, in a phone interview.