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New York 2020 ISPA Congress - Coffee Klatch

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Coffee Klatch

"Coffee Klatch" (/ˈkaf-fee-klach/) is a morning session where delegates themselves will be hosting the dialogues of their choice. It involves informal and intimate discussion groups of ten delegates per topic. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 08:15 – 09:15 AM

The Times Center, 242 W 41st Street

  Tea, coffee, and light breakfast provided!

Kick off the last day of the congress with "Coffee Klatch" discussions (a small group of delegates in an informal discussion) led by you, the delegates!

Below are the ten selected topics submitted by your fellow delegates.


Coffee Klatch Topic Listing

Coffee Klatch 1 | Connecting Africa
Africa is a large region of the world with a significant cultural history and footprint and yet many have little knowledge of the arts organizations and artists in the region. Join us as we explore key festivals, markets, and organizations that can assist in connecting with the continent’s rich and diverse culture.
Host: Ricardo Peach (Director, Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival)

Coffee Klatch 2 | It’s Not Just About Money
How can co-producers and presenters more fully support independent artists and companies in their creation of innovative, risky, and multi-genre work?
Host: Heather Moore (Artistic Producer, National Creation Fund, Canada's National Arts Centre)

Coffee Klatch 3 | A Classic Case
How does classical music fit into today's performing arts narrative? A thoughtful, open, meaningful, and safe conversation to make a "case" for classical music in the narrative of inclusion, diversity, and sustainability.
Host: Louise Mitchell (Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust)

Coffee Klatch 4 | A Sustainable Industry
Every day brings new evidence of the imminent catastrophic effects of climate change. We look in vain to governments for a globally coordinated response, but everyone can make their own contribution to reducing our combined environmental footprint. What are the best global examples of leadership for our industry?
Host: Anthony Sargent CBE (CEO, Luminato Festival Toronto)

Coffee Klatch 5 | Engaging Without a Parachute
Communities tell us they hate people “parachuting in” then disappearing again. But cultural projects are often only funded on an annual basis. How can we create more meaningful long term engagement in the absence of long term funding?
Host: Julia Amour (Director, Festivals Edinburgh)

Coffee Klatch 6 | Dreaming Big in a Complex World
How do major arts organizations dream big when the political, environmental, and economic context is becoming increasingly complex? In the face of declining revenue from public sources, and questions about ethical donations, how do arts organizations continue to dream big?
Host: Cathy Barbash (President, Barbash Consulting)

Coffee Klatch 7 | Making Space
The (re)development of spaces must take many factors into consideration in order to facilitate a broad range of performances and presentations. The demands of audiences must also be considered as new technologies change the experience and interaction. Join us we discuss design, treatment, and relative costs from both the artists and the audiences perspective.
Host: Jim Niesel (Senior Consultant, Theatre Projects) and Ted Ohl (Principal, Schuler Shook)

Coffee Klatch 8 | A New Generation of Resources
How can the performing arts sector partner with government and business to advance their agendas and achieve mutual benefits despite different societal contexts.
Hosts: Mengtong Guan (Executive and Creative Director, Ping Pong Productions)

Coffee Klatch 9 | Experimenting with Borders
How do we decolonize producing practice? In what ways are we removing conscious barriers when collaborating internationally? By redrawing our boundaries can we explore who unlocks innovation, creativity, and traditions?
Host: Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh (MLitt.; Multi-Award-Winning Interdisciplinary Auteur, Academic, and Advisor)

Coffee Klatch 10 | Crossing the Line: Artists in a New Milieu
We are increasingly witnessing popular recording artists crossing into the realm of the staged concert performance (Madonna, Bon Iver, Moses, Björk, and David Byrne to name a few). Do recording artists have a mutually beneficial place within the performing art center world? What are each party’s goals and how can they come together to create these unique experiences successfully?
Host: Barbara Frum (Founder & Producer, Sharing Spaces)


The online signup for the Coffee Klatch is now closed. Waitlist sign up will be available onsite during the congress.