Thousands of arts professionals are set to gather in New York City starting this week for an annual conference hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, commonly known as APAP. Each year, the meeting provides a stomping ground for arts administrators and artists to explore the latest trends and developments in their respective fields.
With locations scattered throughout the city and central hubs at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square, the 2020 conference — which runs Jan. 10 to Jan. 14 — is teeming with opportunities for emerging artists to hobnob with industry veterans, find out about grant opportunities and see performance showcases featuring artists from across the United States. All told, the conference features 1,000 performances and an expo hall boasting hundreds of booths from arts-inclined companies and organizations. This year’s theme focuses on “risk and resilience” in arts and will feature a closing plenary from musician Ben Folds.
“Most of our lives and expertise are lived in the arts, but the arts encompass much, much more than what is presented on our stages, and we must take the risk of stepping into a broader arena,” said Mario Garcia Durham, the president and CEO of the conference in a statement explaining this year’s theme. “We must take the risk that, as vital parts of our community, we incorporate the fullness of our surrounding worlds. We must also take the risk of being responsive.”
In addition to networking opportunities, the conference features scores of events designed to help artists advocate for themselves and their community. “Growing Your Equity Quotient: Evolving the Conversation about Race and Equity in the Arts,” “Womxn’s Leadership Forum: Positioning Power,” “Presenting Immigrant Artists” and “Arts and Climate Change Forum” are just a few of the discussions set to take place over the weekend. ALL ARTS, a media partner of APAP, will be providing live coverage on Instagram and Facebook.
Established in 1957, APAP has roots in the college arts scene but has since grown into a nationwide organization that focuses (mostly) on providing a networking platform. According to its website, APAP members include regional, state and local arts agencies; service organizations; producing companies; artist management; booking agencies; and, of course, individual artists.
Those interested in finding out more about the 2020 conference can check out the video below or visit APAP’s website.
Top Image: Hilton Showcases, Photo courtesy of APAP via Facebook