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Montréal 2017 ISPA Congress - Schecdule
Montréal 2017 ISPA Congress


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The Anthony Field Academy

The Anthony Field Academy, an ISPA program dedicated to developing the next generation of talent, is an intensive arts administration program for new and emerging leaders. The Academy is named in honor of long-time ISPA member Anthony Field, who was instrumental in establishing the first Academy at ISPA’s Stockholm congress in 1998.

For the 100th ISPA Congress, the Academy is adapting its format to encourage more participant discussion - among themselves and with ISPA members - with the goal of expanding the spirit of openness and the sharing of inspiring experiences and stimulating cases. Welcome to the curious.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Anthony Field Academy - Day I

Salon urbain, Place des Arts | Venue Website
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9, Canada 
Registration and Information
Salon Jean-Duceppe, Place des Arts
- 16:00
ISPA Committee Meetings (committee members only)
11:15 Finance Committee
Governance Committee (lunch provided)
 13:45 Development Committee
Program Committee
Studio D, Place des Arts


Otsi'tsaken:ra Patton (Mohawk Elder), Marc Blondeau (CEO, Place des Arts), Mary Lou Aleskie (Board Chair, ISPA), David Baile (CEO, ISPA)



Moderators | Esther Charron (Pôles magnétiques, art et culture, Canada), Judy Harquail (Canada)

11:00 Break | Tea and Coffee
- 12:00


Guests | Marco Collin (Actor, Canada), Alma Salem (Syria Third Space, Syria)

Salon urbain, Place des Arts
 12:15 Lunch
Studio D & E, Place des Arts
14:15 Break | Coffee & Tea
- 17:00
Foyer Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
- 18:30
Academy Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Anthony Field Academy - Day II + Congress Day I

Salon urbain, Place des Arts | Venue Website
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9, Canada 
- 15:00
Registration and Information
Salon Jean-Duceppe, Place des Arts
- 11:00
ISPA Board Meeting (board members only)
Studio D, Place des Arts
09:00 Tea & Coffee
- 12:00
Academy Day II - GROUP WORK
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts


Elder | Ka’nahsohon Kevin Deer

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts


Marc Blondeau (President & CEO, Place des Arts), David Baile (CEO, ISPA), Mary Lou Aleskie (Board Chair, ISPA), Martin Faucher (Artistic Director, Festival TransAmériques)

13:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Michel Marc Bouchard
View the script of the keynote address (PDF) 
14:15 Break | Tea and Coffee
14:45 PERFORMANCE | Constantinople

SESSION 1 | Identity, Diversity and Creativity
Identity is rooted in our personal history and cultural background. It is also developed through our relationships with others. When identity is born out of diversity, it becomes an incredible catalyst for creativity, a key for reinventing the arts and redefining people’s lives. How does the blending of cultures find its expression in the day-to-day practice of artists?

Guests | Ahmed 'Knowmadic' Ali (Spoken Word Poet, Entertainer and Educator, Canada), Elisapie Isaac (Artist, Canada), Charles Koroneho (Te Toki Haruru, New Zealand)
Moderator | Nolywé Delannon (Business Administration at Université Laval, Canada)

 16:30 End of Congress Day I
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal | Venue Website
185 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H2X 3X5, Canada 
- 18:00
Opening Reception

Various venues around Montréal
Free evening with optional performances

Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Congress Day II

Salon urbain, Place des Arts | Venue Website
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9, Canada 
- 15:00
Registration and Information
09:30 Tea and Coffee
Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
- 12:00

The Pitch New Works Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace. View the selected Pitch Presenters.

Host | Clothilde Cardinal (Place des Arts, Canada)

Piano nobile, Place des Arts
- 14:00
ProEx | Professional Exchange
Join us in a relaxed, informal, and intimate environment for casual networking, establishing new contacts, and maintaining existing relationships. Delegates registered for a Full Pass or a Day Pass for Thursday, May 25 may reserve a complimentary table-top space to showcase their organization or artists (subject to availability and limit one per organization). Questions? Contact Ann Pattan
12:30 Lunch
Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts

SESSION 2 | Production: New Practices to Cross Borders
The quest for identity through creativity challenges conventional production and touring practices in the performing arts. Globally, many strive to present stories on different stages taking risks in developing new ways of presenting their work. How can one cross real or psychological borders, to share stories and build new projects that support diversity of expression?

Speakers | René Barsalo (SAT Métalab, Canada), Ása Richardsdóttir (Ice Hot Reykjavík 2018, Iceland), Despina Tsatsas (Punchdrunk International, UK)
Presenter | Marie-Christine Dufour (Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, Canada)

15:15 Break | Tea and Coffee
15:45 PERFORMANCE | Kleztory

SESSION 3 | In Search of an Audience: Are all Stories Universal?
How do the quest for identity and the search for an audience interweave? Through which medium and technologies can we best reach them? What makes a show resonate with an audience and become universal? Join us as we explore these questions through a variety of perspectives.

Speakers | Philippe Bachman (La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, France), Gaurav Kripalani (Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore), Carmen Romero (Festival international Santiago a Mil, Chile)
Presenter | Marie-Catherine Lapointe (Boulev'Art, Canada)

17:15 End of Congress Day II
Hyatt Regency Montréal | Venue Website
1255, Jeanne-Mance Street, Montréal, QC H3B 1E5, Canada 
- 18:30
Nominating Committee Meeting (committee members only)
Various venues around Montréal
Free evening with optional performances

Friday, May 26, 2017

Congress Day III

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | Venue Website
1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada 
09:00 Museum Visit
Bourgie HallMontreal Museum of Fine Arts | Venue Website
1339 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1G2, Canada 
- 15:00
Registration and Information
10:30 Coffee and tea

SESSION 4 | Education, Outreach and Inclusion: Projects that Create Identity
Art adds value to the quality of our lives. Art calls the status quo into question and transforms society. How can we share this perspective with those who are skeptical of the value of art? How can we educate the youth about the benefits of arts and culture? It's an invitation to discuss innovative practices in cultural outreach, in social integration and education.

Speakers | Rebecca Leonard (Circus Artist, Actor, Circus Creator and Social Circus Instructor, Canada)Phloeun Prim (Cambodian Living Arts, Cambodia), Louise Sicuro (Journées de la culture - Culture pour tous, Canada) 
Presenter | Aurea Vieira (SESC SP, Brazil)

Hall of Bronzes, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
12:30 Lunch
Bourgie Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

SESSION 5 | Funding Models: Embracing Diversity and Identity
The arts sector and the world in general are in constant evolution. Now more than ever, the process of creation, production, distribution, and marketing of artistic works has been transformed. Furthermore, how do we include diversity in our various programs and policies, while taking into account the concerns of the artistic community? In this session we’ll explore how funders (private and public) are addressing these issues and in some cases leading in the transformation?

Guests | Simon Brault (Canada Council for the Arts, Canada) Jane Chu (National Endowment for the Arts, USA), Henriëtte Post (Performing Arts Fund NL, Netherlands)
Moderator | Benson Puah (The Esplanade Company Ltd, Singapore)

15:00 Break | Tea and Coffee
15:30 PERFORMANCE | Daniel Léveillé Danse


Host | Patrick Masbourian (Director, Canada)

Award Winners

16:30 End of Congress Day III
Hyatt Regency Montréal | Venue Website
1255, Jeanne-Mance Street, Montréal, QC H3B 1E5, Canada 
18:30 Buses depart from Hyatt Regency Montréal for Mount Royal Chalet
Mount-Royal Chalet | Venue Website
1196 Voie Camillien-Houde, Montréal, QC H3H 1A1, Canada 
- 23:00

100th Congress Celebration

21:00 Buses depart for Hyatt Regency Montréal 
22:00 Buses depart for Hyatt Regency Montréal
23:00 Last Buses depart for Hyatt Regency Montréal

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Congress Day IV

Hyatt Regency Montréal | Venue Website
1255, Jeanne-Mance Street, Montréal, QC H3B 1E5, Canada 
09:00 Buses depart for National Circus School
 09:30 Buses depart for TOHU
Hall, TOHU | Venue Website
2345 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H1Z 4P3, Canada 
- 13:00
Registration and Information
09:30 National Circus School & GardenTour
10:00 Tea and Coffee

SESSION 6 | Identities: Growth through Meeting People from Different Backgrounds
For this last day of the 100th ISPA Congress, we will offer a large-scale workshop on risk-management, which will allow the delegates to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the previous days. This workshop is an invitation for us to consider the future together and how we can best shape it.

Speaker | Dean Kriellaars (Health Sciences at University of Manitoba, Canada)
Presenter | Stéphane Lavoie (TOHU, Canada)



Moderator | Marc Blondeau (Place des Arts, Canada)

12:30 Lunch
14:00 PERFORMANCE | National Circus School
15:45 Reception
16:30 Buses depart for Hyatt Regency Montréal
16:30 End of Congress


Registration and Membership
Contact Ann Pattan at or 1 212 206 8490 x202