Writer, artist, playwright and theater company founder Vanessa Garcia leads a busy, culturally eclectic life. That she is a rising star in Miami's arts world and beyond is confirmed by some happy news: Garcia has been named one of four finalists in the literature division of the Geneva-based Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative.
What that means is that Garcia, 28, may have the chance to spend a year being mentored by Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian poet, playwright, novelist and humanitarian. Each finalist will spend a week working with Soyinka in May, then the Nobel Prize winner will choose the young artist who will become his protege from June 2008 'til June 2009.
Garcia is in prestigious company. She is one of just 19 finalists chosen from 124 nominees in 38 countries. The other mentors for the program's next cycle are Rebecca Horn in visual arts, Jiri Kylian in dance, Youssou N'Dour in music, Martin Scorsese in film and Kate Valk in theater.
For more info on Garcia or her theater company The Krane, visit her web site. Congrats!