Today we are highlighting ISPA Fellow Heena Patel, South Asian Performing Arts Specialist and Founder of MELA Arts Connect. Heena and MELA Arts Connect’s entrepreneurial arts agency model serves an important and ongoing need in our community expanding access to and engagement with South Asian performance.
The recipe–as Heena describes,
“I had deep cultural competency and networks in the South Asian arts community and in the presenting community. I wanted to bring them all together and MELA Arts Connect was born. One of my strengths is connecting the dots, with MELA, I connect the dots through the arts.”
In 2017, ISPA brought 56 Fellows from around the world to the New York 2017 Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting the 2017 Fellows in features via the members-only monthly Network and on the website.