Helen Mechitova is a first art manager from South Cauacsus who received ISPA fellowship and represented Georgia at the international performing arts congress.
Every year ISPA receives over 300 applications, but this time only 12 art managers all over the world became Global Fellows, including art manager from Tbilisi, Georgia.The organizer of 99th congress in New York is TheInternational Society for Performing Arts (ISPA).
The Congress theme was Currents of Change: Arts, Power + Politics. Over 600 delegates from 51 countries participated in the 99th ISPA congress.Twice a year, ISPA Congresses bring together performing arts leaders to discover the next great idea, strengthen relationships, and rejuvenate their passion for the arts.
Participating in an event of such a level and scale is very important, as it helps to establish contacts between the international art managers and entrepreneurs and gives access to international network. Congress is held twice a year, and in the future it might be hosted by Georgia.
The ISPA congress opening took place at legendary Apollo Theater, where were screenedgreeting videos of all 12 fellows filmed in their homeland. Seminars for fellows were held at Asian Society Center, and discussion panelsat TIMES CENTER. Congress participants had the opportunity to attend different cultural events. During herone month visit in U.S. Mechitova had a several meetings with different organizations including meeting with managing staff of Theolonius Monk Institute, who’s chairman is legendary Herbi Hancock, in Los Angeles, California.