What to See in the Final Weeks of JanArtsNYC

What to See in the Final Weeks of JanArtsNYC

With the New Year comes new arts programming. And while the task of sorting through what to focus on can be daunting, those seeking a forecast of the season’s offerings can do so under the umbrella of JanArtsNYC — an expansive marathon of showcases, performances, concerts, speakers and forums that takes place throughout January.

Now in its sixth year, the consortium brings together arts professionals, artists and the public to highlight new work that spans dance, theater and music. Many of the standalone festivals featured in JanArtsNYC — including globalFEST, Under the Radar and Jazz Connect — grew out of the annual arts industry conference hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals known as APAP.

“The new works and artists performing throughout JanArtsNYC are a testament to our industry’s growing awareness around inclusion, racial and gender equity in our field, and ways in which we harness the collective power of our artistic endeavors and those who support this effort to strengthen our society,” said Mario Garcia Durham, the CEO and president of the APAP, in a statement.

Here are a few JanArtsNYC highlights taking place in the second half of January:

Chamber Music America (CMA) National Conference
Westin New York at Times Square
Jan. 17-20

Centered on the theme “Building Equitable Communities,” this year’s Chamber Music America Conference kicks off with a keynote address from author, journalist and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with Maurine Knighton of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, followed by an artists panel that includes Terri Lyne Carrington and Lecolion Washington. Stick around for a weekend packed with talks and performances.

Drama League DirectorFest
Various locations throughout Manhattan
Through Jan. 28
The Drama League’s DirectorFest brings together fully-staged productions with talks and forums dedicated to contemporary stage directing. Presenters this year include Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Jennifer Chang, Tara Elliott, Kemar Jewel, Seonjae Kim, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Whitney White and Boyan Kracholov.

“Black Power Naps”
Performance Space New York
Through Jan. 31
An interactive installation created by artists niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa, “Black Power Naps” confronts the institutionalized “sleep gap” by encouraging people of color to rest and idle within Performance Space’s theater.

Here is the full list of this year’s JanArtsNYC participants:
American Realness
Chamber Music America (CMA) National Conference
Drama League DirectorFest
National Sawdust’s FERUS Festival
ISPA Congress
Jazz Congress
NYC Winter Jazzfest
The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform
Performance Space New York
PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theare/Now
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR)
Wavelengths: APAP World Music Preconference

Top Image: Winter Jazz Fest 2019. Courtesy of Jonathan Chimene.