Performing Arts: Theater
November 20, 2016
The 60th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP|NYC 2017) will infuse the city with a multitude of performances, workshops, talks, and all manner of culturally relevant activities.
The first week of January (Ja. 6 - 10) trumpets a time when artists, presenters and producers from around the world convene in NYC to measure the state of the field, the status of the arts in society and to make touring deals for the coming year. Many artists live for this event because the touring gigs support their their creative careers.

This year APAP states "more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall."

Naturally, there will be platforms for arts professionals to air current issues related to cultural conflict and social justice. Presiden and Ceo of APAP, Mario Garcia Durham, will open the conference and welcome cultural leaders likes Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American. This is just a peek at the larger, far-ranging topics and conversations.

There are also many well known mini-arts festivals within the larger APAP context including the theater based "Under the Radar Festival," "Coil Festival," "Globalfest" music event, as well as jazz and dance sessions.

Topics to be investigated range from grant programs that aim at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies; information on how to build audiences; and "creative moments" featuring a brief performance or guided creative experience that jostles your mind and perspective.

More reports to follow on the APAP experiences.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis

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