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What is Kindling?
What is Kindling?
Kindling is a developmental learning platform for the community of individuals and organizations dedicated to producing, presenting and promoting professional performing arts for young audiences. Kindling is a celebration, exploration and illumination of individuals and creative organizations pushing the boundaries of performing arts for young audiences. It is a platform for discussion that aspires to spark, question, celebrate and exchange ideas, opportunities and dreams that promote the growth, development and possibilities for our entire sector.

Kindling is based upon sharing ideas, being open to different perspectives and to equality of voice. Kindling brings diverse perspectives from artists, presenters, managers, producers, students and others together towards new learning and in support of new networking, touring initiatives and audience development. We seek to expand our current knowledge and understanding; celebrate best practice; and identify tools, strategies and hands-on resources that, whether an artist, presenter, manager, producer, we can take back to our personal work environments.
IPAY KINDLING's programmatic framework is born of the IPAY Mission and Vision
THE IPAY MISSION is to create
professional and educational opportunities for key stakeholders in North America (artists, agents and presenters) to engage around support of meaningful performing arts experiences for young audiences.

IPAY's VISION is a world in which artistic excellence and innovation in performing arts for young audiences are nurtured, supported and expanded. The overarching intent is to provide an opportunity for the IPAY membership and community to intersect with big ideas, ongoing dialogue and artistic exploration not currently being investigated on a national platform in North America.
  • Networking / IPAY as a hub / New connections and deepening of relationships
  • Development of the Field & New Perspectives
  • Curatorial & Aesthetic Education / Curatorial & Artistic Development
  • Developing leaders in our field
  • Support for the Business of the Field
  • More touring / More children [audiences] seeing more work / diversity of work
Kindling’s intent is to inspire, initiate, support and develop:
  • artistic excellence and innovation in the creation, presentation and engagement of professional performing arts for young audiences;
  • the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic growth and development of our audiences (community audience members as well as IPAY membership and the professional sector at large);
  • the relationships that exist between segments of our eco-system to the betterment of our collective missions and the engagement of our collective audiences;
  • connections between the North American community with the professional global community to realize opportunities in learning, exchange, participation, collaboration, mentorship and partnership.
We will achieve this by:
  • sharing and celebrating global best practice and innovation;
  • providing opportunities for all members of our creative eco-system to connect or intersect to share perspectives on barriers, challenges and opportunities;
  • developing a diverse program platform that provides opportunity to engage in an open dialogue informed by diverse perspectives;
  • providing a variety of opportunities for members to contribute that feels safe, open, inclusive and accessible;
  • providing specific tools and resources for our members to use that will contribute to the success in how they realize their goals and objectives;
  • continuing to explore new or different ways in which we can intersect with our membership and the greater professional community at large;
  • providing support and access to broad as well as specific networks for specific growth and development relevant to IPAY’s mission and to the needs of our membership.

Contact IPAY

International Performing Arts for Youth
C/O CultureWorks | The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
267.690.1325 phone | 267.519.3343 fax | Contact Us

Our tax exempt ID is 43-1917355

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