1. Initiatives
  2. International Society for the Performing Arts’ Canadian Fellowship Program

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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.

[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 2019-21 Canadian ISPA Fellows

We are proud to support the fellows for the 2019-21 Canadian ISPA Fellowship program. These participants will spent 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.

Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta Arluk

Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Denesuline and Cree

Denise Bolduc

Denise Bolduc

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

Mhiran Faraday

Mhiran Faraday

Nova Scotia/Alberta

Krish Shoshona

ShoShona Kish

Anishinabe, Batchewana First Nation

Lindsay Lachance

Lindsay Lachance

Algonquin Anishinaabe

Leslie McCue

Leslie McCue

Curve Lake First Nation

Nina Patel

Nina Patel


About ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship Program

ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship brings together a cohort of Canadian arts professionals, representing diverse practices, to participate in the ISPA network for a three year period. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts, 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 and growing the cohort to better support Indigenous arts leaders.

The cohort was selected through an application process jointly managed by the International Society for the Performing Arts and the Canada Council. Applicants were selected based on their response to application questions, with regional, geographic and cultural diversity, as well as a range of artistic disciplines also taken into account.

For more information

Sabra Ripley

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

E-mail: sabra.ripley@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5144

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5144

Fax: (613) 566-4390

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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