Profile: Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
Status: Not-for-profit organization
Community served: Indigenous artists and arts organizations based in Canada
Arts focus: Multidisciplinary but with a focus on the performing arts
Location: IPAA operates virtually through the Board of Director’s creative counsel and the coordinator’s administration and is national in its focus
Mandate: To promote and develop a broader appreciation for and understanding of Indigenous performing arts in Canada.
To encourage the development of Indigenous performing artists and arts organizations in Canada by facilitating ongoing collective dialogue, disseminating ideas and work, as well as enabling access to resources, links, and information through an expanding and consolidated online archive.
To advocate for Indigenous performing arts communities in Canada.
To represent and facilitate creative relationships and strategic partnerships within the Indigenous performing arts community as well between the Indigenous performing arts community and the broader Canadian arts community.
To ensure that the implementation and administration of the actions cited above are grounded in Indigenous ethics, values, and protocols.
Main arts activities/projects: As a national organization, IPAA aims to provide opportunities and, most importantly, an assured and organized space, or “virtual geography,” for geographically diverse artists and arts organizations to gather and discuss shared and/or variant experiences within the Indigenous arts community and in relation to the broader Canadian arts community.
IPAA has and continues to evolve its role in the Indigenous Arts community as both a consolidator of diverse peoples and groups and an advocate for Indigenous arts in Canada. IPAA represents and facilitates creative relationships and strategic partnerships within the Indigenous arts community as well between the Indigenous arts community and the broader Canadian arts community.
- IPAA’s vision has and will continue to evolve as contexts change and new priorities emerge. However, our organizational structure is unique, aiming to better represent Indigenous communities’ distinct relational structure. The organization operates as a tool rather than a service. As such, IPAA desires and requires its membership’s active interest and participation. Of course, both work entirely in our members’ favour. IPAA aims to facilitate the participatory and discursive interaction upon which Indigenous communities’ are founded.
- IPAA’s expanding online presence grounds the organization’s tool restructuring. By providing the community with an online space, the virtual geography, IPAA engages its membership in ongoing discussion, solidarity, advocacy, and initiatives. Thisvirtual geography is open space, within and through which to consolidate diverse peoples, geographies, and artistic disciplines.
Contact: Geraldine Manossa, IPAA Coordinator
Submitted by Geraldine Manossa, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance