International Society for the Performing Arts’ Canadian Fellowship Program
The Canadian Fellowship Program gives emerging and mid-career Canadian professionals in the performing arts an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with leaders in their field from around the world. The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) on this important initiative since 2011. The 2019-2021 Canadian Fellows are the third cohort to benefit from this partnership. Most recently, in March 2019, a special initiative was launched to support leaders from Canada’s Indigenous performing arts sector.
[The fellowships are] an essential tool not only to build connections among emerging and mid-career leaders around the world, but also to transform the very nature of our sector, and what and who it represents.
Marcus Youssef, 2016-2018 Canadian Fellow
The 2019 Indigenous Fellowship Delegates
These 8 leaders from Canada’s Indigenous performing arts sector have been selected to participate in the Guadalajara 2019 ISPA Congress, including two-day Anthony Field Academy prior to the Congress. They will also receive a 2019 ISPA membership with access to all member benefits.
Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Denesuline and Cree
French and Ojibwe | Anishinaabe kwe from the Robinson Huron Treaty Territory
Member of the Batchewana First Nation with familial ties in Garden River First Nation
Cree Saulteaux Metis
Anishinabe, Batchewana First Nation
Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation
Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
The 2019-21 ISPA Fellows
Beginning in January 2019, at the 103rd ISPA Congress in New York City, these participants will spend three years engaging in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant presenting organizations, performing arts centres, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations and more.
We are pleased to announce the newest group of fellows for the 2019-21 program:
About ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship Program
ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship allows five Canadian arts professionals, representing diverse practices, to participate in the program for three years. The fellows receive access to ISPA's extensive network of international arts professionals with a complimentary ISPA membership, annual congress event registration, travel subsidies and a mentorship opportunity with an ISPA member.
The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is a global network of more than 500 leaders in the performing arts, with representation from more than 185 cities and many diverse regions around the world.
In 2011, ISPA noticed growth in its Canadian membership, which had become the second largest group by region in the network. Even with this growth, Canada’s presence did not reflect the full diversity and scale of Canada’s performing arts market.
The Canada Council for the Arts recognized this as an important opportunity, and partnered with ISPA to create a new fellowship program. This partnership paved the way for other countries to build similar programs, and today the ISPA also has fellowship programs with Australia, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Quebec, Scotland, Singapore, and Sweden.
Today the program continues to thrive as the Canada Council has re-launched its partnership with ISPA by sponsoring a new group of fellows for 2019-2021.
For more information
Partnership and International Coordination Officer, Partnership and International Coordination
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin St. P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8
613-566-4414, ext. 5144
Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5144
Fax: (613) 566-4390