Meet Plot Mhako (Global; 2016 ISPA Fellow)
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Meet Plot Mhako, founder and director of Jibilika Dance Trust located in Harare, Zimbabwe. Jibilika Dance Trust is a social enterprise that aims to empower youth through innovative programming, multimedia activism, mentorship and volunteering in schools and communities, as well as supporting and training young and upcoming artists in Zimbabwe. Among numerous projects, Jibilika Dance Trust has been running the largest annual dance festival in Zimbabwe for the past 9 years.
On top of his work with Jibilika Dance Trust, Plot is co-director of Kuenda Productions, a collaborative dance, music and theatre company. His favorite part about working in this field is “working in [an environment] that is entirely passion driven.”
When asked what he specifically hopes to contribute to the field in his career, Plot explained: “I hope to contribute ideas on running sustainable arts social enterprises in economically unstable environments based on my experience in Zimbabwe.”
Plot was a 2016 Global Fellow and had his first ISPA experience at the New York 2016 ISPA Congress last month. When asked about his impression of his first ISPA Congress, Plot shared the following with us: “The first congress was mind blowing. I had never imagined being under one roof with more than 500 people who pursue the same or similar work I do. That was the most inspiring part that everywhere I turned I bumped into warm and relevant people who were very forthcoming to talk, share ideas and experiences. I learnt a lot from the various sessions and they did answer most questions I had. Once I got back home I hosted a symposium with at least 100 artists and arts managers from different sectors where I shared a bit on what I had learnt and experienced at the ISPA congress.”
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In 2016, ISPA brought 46 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting the 2016 ISPA Fellows in features via the members-only monthly newsletter Network and on the website.