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2016 Video and Highlights

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Whether you want to re-live your favorite APAP|NYC moments or catch up on sessions that you may have missed, it's all available right here.

You can also review our 20152014 and 2013 highlights. 

2016 OPENING PLENARY - “Making the Arts Matter”

Friday, January 15, 5-6:30 p.m.

Artists and their work pla​y a major role in shaping people’s understanding and response to the society in which they live. We open the conference by tapping into the collective experience and perspective of highly respected “makers” whose work helps others navigate the complexity of today’s world.

Session includes the premiere performance of "Making and Doing" by Bill T. Jones, dancer, choreographer, and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts, a 10-minute piece created expressly for the APAP conference around the theme, MAKERS.

Opening remarks by: Paula Kerger, president and CEO, PBS

Carla Dirlikov Canales, founder, CEO and artistic director, The Canales Project
Bill T. Jones, dancer, choreographer and executive artistic director, New York Live Arts
Paula Kerger, president and CEO, PBS
Moderator: Anna Deavere Smith, actor, playwright and professor

SATURDAY PLENARY SESSION - "Making Art and the Evolutionary Process"

Saturday, January 16, noon-1:30 p.m.

This popular plenary event celebrates the extraordinary work of five talented individuals who exemplify three of the key strands of the conference theme – Making Art, Making Decisions, and Making a Difference. Speakers will share insights, advice and stories of success in a rapid-fire, pecha kucha-style presentation interwoven with audience participation led by MacArthur “genius” grantee, Liz Lerman.

What is pecha kucha? Pecha kucha presentations (Japanese for "chit-chat") are designed to re-ignite the stage and spark conversation. In rapid-fire succession, each participant shares 20 slides in just five minutes for presentations that are a work of performance art in their own right.

Michelle Ellsworth, choreographer and multi-media performance artist
Robert Farid Karimi, experience designer, public engagement specialist, interdisciplinary playwright/poet, founder of ThePeoplesCook project
jessica Care moore, CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black Women Rock, founder of Jess CARE Moore Foundation
John Michael Schert, visiting artist and social entrepreneur, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and UChicago Arts
Somi, African jazz vocalist and songwriter, OKeh Records/Sony Music recording artists and founder of New Africa Live and MAMAfest
Moderator: Liz Lerman, choreographer, writer, educator

​More Than Transactional: Engaging Diverse Communities

Saturday, January 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Most attempts at community engagement from institutions are seemingly well-intentioned but fall flat when they rely on specious modes of interaction. Forging a relationship based on a transaction only (i.e., “Bring your community to my event and I’ll give you free tickets!”) leaves prospective partners feeling underestimated and exhausted. Engaging diverse communities requires listening, transparency and follow-through – key components to any good relationship. Hear how organizations have cultivated authentic and meaningful relationships with communities.

Emerging Markets: Deepning the Connection with Your Community

Saturday, January 16, 3:40-5 p.m.

Through its Emerging Markets Program, APAP partnered with the Creative Capital Foundation to match presenters with artists who create work and ancillary activities aimed at building stronger ties with community networks and/or engaging new audiences around provocative work. The session shares what has been learned as a result of residencies with artists that included Taylor Ho Bynum, the Complex Movements collective, Lisa D’Amour & Katie Pearl, and Taylor Mac.

SUNDAY PLENARY SESSION - “Making Big Ideas Come to Life"

Sunday, January 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Three well-respected artists from the theater world discuss their collective experience and perspective around the Making process – what inspires their work and especially cross-disciplinary collaborations, how they bridge creative expression with audience engagement, and how artists and their collaborators help to bridge knowledge and understanding of the tough issues in contemporary society.

John Collins, founder and artistic director, Elevator Repair Service
Lisa Kron, Tony Award-winning actor and playwright
Bartlett Sher, Tony Award winner and resident director, Lincoln Center Theater
Moderator: Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and associate vice president cultural affairs for ASU

Relevancy + Advocacy + Audience Building = $$

Monday, January 18, 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Organizations are expanding their reach to become more relevant to their communities. How can your organization increase funds and ticket-buyers through successful partnerships? Your artists can help open doors for you. Your board and subscribers can influence policy and increase arts activities in your community. Join us to discuss opportunities for arts education and community engagement. You thought you were an arts presenter? Turns out you are much more.

Let's Talk About Context, Baby

Monday, January 18, 2-3:30 p.m.

The arts have the ability to move people. With contextual information, that impact can be amplified from enjoyment to increased understanding. To facilitate this, we must expose new artists to our communities, who can be resistant to unfamiliar forms/traditions. While presenting unknown international artists with no obvious ties to your community can seem daunting, the reward can be great. Hear from presenters who’ve done this. Discussion focuses on formats, educational tools and best practices for providing information.


Tuesday, January 19, 10-11 a.m.

We close APAP|NYC 2016 with the much-celebrated Rita Moreno, one of the very few artists to earn all four of the most prestigious awards in entertainment---the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. With countless credits spanning over six decades, Ms. Moreno will share her perspective on making a career that has been groundbreaking and indeed legendary!

Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Monday, January 18, noon-1:45 p.m.


5 Minutes to Shine competiton winner

Monday, January 18

During the APAP|NYC 2016 “5 Minutes to Shine” (5MTS) competition participants had the opportunity to share a compelling story about their organization’s stellar idea aimed at audience development. This year's stories were based upon one or more strategies identified in The Wallace Foundation publication The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences. Learn more here.