Citz Producer at ISPA Congress in New York
Posted on: 21 January 2019
Written by: Clare Robertson
Citz Producer Clare Robertson writes on the time she spent in New York at the start of the year as a Fellow of ISPA:
I had the good fortune to kick off 2019 with a week in New York, attending the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)’s New York Congress through their Fellowship Program, which supports emerging and mid-career arts leaders from around the globe. As one of this year’s cohort of 30 Global Fellows, ISPA both supported us to attend the Congress and to get the most out of being there amongst 630+ delegates from 51 counties, including holding a Fellows Seminar Day where we got to know each other and the other Regional Fellows, and linking us up with a Mentor, in my case the brilliant Maria Claudia Parias, President of the Batuta Foundation in Colombia and ISPA Board Member.
The Congress was described to me as an “intellectual spa” and it was just that, with a series of inspiring provocations, panel conversations and networking events on the theme of “Transitions” – chosen to respond to the urgency of our current times and to stress the importance of being proactive – something which resonated with me as a Producer interested in fusing artistic work with activism, campaigning and advocacy, underpinned by my belief in the potential of the arts for social change.
Whilst in New York I also had the opportunity to meet the dynamic new Executive Director of Theatre of the Oppressed New York, Meggan Gomez, and attend a performance created by a group with experience of the criminal justice system, which powerfully brought to light some of the many challenges they face.
All in all, a stimulating start to 2019 during which I met some inspirational arts leaders from around the globe and gave me plenty of food for thought.