The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) today announced the top 5 media must-experience programming highlights for , the world’s leading global performing arts gathering, marketplace and membership conference, taking place from January 12-16 at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. Interested media can register for a media credential here.
#1: Opening Plenary with Arts Leaders
Friday, January 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Hilton Grand Ballroom
The opening plenary will focus on the role and responsibility of the performing arts in our world today with keynote speaker Roberta Uno, director of Arts is Changing America; and speakers Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater; choreographer and dancer Kyle Abraham; Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, hula vocalist; and moderator Douglas McClennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal.
#2: The Arts and ts Impact in the Felds of Medical Research Social Justice
Saturday, January 13, 12-1:30 p.m., Hilton Grand Ballroom
This plenary session will focus on exploring the impact of transdisciplinary thinking and partnerships that are breaking new ground in both the arts and the world beyond with Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, poet and artistic director of Breath n Poetry Collective; Dania Nur, youth and social justice advocate; Ben Ashworth, designer, visual artist, builder, skateboarder; playwright Will Power ; Garth Ross, VP, community engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer, and Artistic Director for Jazz at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Christina Tsoules Soriano, associate professor and director of the dance program at Wake Forest University and Christina Hugenschmidt, assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University. Playwright and performer Will Power will moderate.
#3: Town Hall – “Artists as Activists”
Sunday, January 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hilton Grand Ballroom
APAP presents its first-ever town hall focusing on the artist as activist featuring visionaries who have embraced the activist role and advocated on issues important to the arts community. Typical for a town hall setting, this special plenary will facilitate two-way exchanges with the audience and guest speakers including Ping Chong, writer and director of Socially Engaged Theater; Tanya Selvaratnam, co-founder of The Federation; Lauren Ruffin, VP of external relations at Fractured Atlas; Sean Dorsey, artistic director of Sean Dorsey Dance and the nation’s first acclaimed transgender contemporary dance choreographer; and moderator Keryl McCord, CEO of Equity Quotient.
#4: APAP Awards Ceremony
Monday, January 15, 12-1:45 p.m., Hilton Grand Ballroom
The APAP Annual Awards Ceremony will honor Arthur Mitchell, artistic director, choreographer, educator, and co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem; globalFEST, world music service organization and festival; and Carlton Turner, artist, advocate, and executive director of Alternate ROOTS. The “Distinguished Service Award” recipient will be announced at the ceremony.
The awards program will open with a “creative moment” by Canada’s celebrated poet, writer, actor and youth advocate, Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Creative moments will open each plenary and feature artists Kyle Abraham, the Brooklyn United Marching Band, and choreographer Ann Carlson who will conduct APAP members in “The Symphonic Body”.
#5: Closing Plenary with Bassem Youssef
Tuesday, January 16, 10-11 a.m., Hilton Trianon Ballroom
APAP|NYC 2018 closes with brilliant comedian and social commentator Bassem Youssef. A former heart surgeon turned political satirist and comedian, famously known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” Youssef is the author of “” which is the premise for his captivating documentary called “.”
In its 61st year, this annual industry gathering will host more than 3,600 performing arts professionals as they experience 1,000 performance showcases, with a robust 370-booth EXPO Hall, and thought-provoking plenary sessions. Programming highlights for this year’s conference demonstrate APAP’s commitment to embracing the performing arts industry’s role in engaging in the constant and dynamic societal transformation of which we artist and arts makers are all a part. This year’s conference , trans.ACT, focuses on the multiplicity and the fluidity of the word “trans” and all its iterations—transformation, transcendence, transdisciplinary, transition, and the importance of transgender artists in our field and communities and by the word “ACT” and its various iterations—action, activism, activate, actualize.
See more about the conference at APAPNYC.org, @APAP365, #APAPNYC and . APAP membership information can be found at APAP365.org. APAP|NYC is also founding partner of JanArtsNYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 11 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals. 2018 event dates and descriptions of all 11 partnering events available at JanArtsNYC.org.
About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals
APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,600 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference – the world’s leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (Jan. 12-16, 2018) – APAP continues to be the industry’s leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.