Our Executive Director Kang Rithisal has just returned from an intensive three week trip to New York. Sal received an ISPA fellowship to participate in three events. On a personal level this trip is the continuation of Sal integrating into a global network of arts presenters and producers. On an organizational level this is the continuation of the representation of Cambodia at an international level. Attending events such as these introduces Cambodia’s performing arts sector to presenters and producers from around the world and helps them to access Cambodian work.
Emerging Leadership Institute 2014 (ELI)
ELI is a two day workshop with emerging and established performing arts managers/leaders. It allows them to come together to explore leadership styles and philosophy in their respective arts organizations. It is linked to the APAP conference, allowing for an enhanced presence at the Conference – a great opportunity for Sal and Amrita. This year there was a focus on dialogue in community engagement, involving artists, articulating the impact of your organization in your community, and more.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP)
Following on from ELI, Sal attended the APAP Conference. APAP is the largest organization of arts presenters in the United States with more than 5000 members. Their annual conference is the world’s largest networking forum and marketplace for performing arts professionals. Arts professionals meet, network, talk, present their works and select works for their venues and festivals. This year’s conference had more than 3500 attendees from 34 countries. Sal had many meetings with presenters, producers, and managers, discussing potential projects.
International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)
The ISPA Congress is a global meeting of hundreds of arts presenters – 2014 saw over 400 delegates attending from a record 52 countries. ISPA offers the chance to network and have dialogue with potential collaborators. Issues in arts management were discussed through presentations and panel discussions including funding, partnerships and new models for working.
As part of Sal’s ISPA Fellowship he was not only funded to attend the Congress, but also receives a year’s membership to ISPA which opens up a host of personal and professional development opportunities. Amrita further benefits from this membership as our profile is featured in their online member directory, further introducing us and our work to over 400 arts professionals throughout the world.