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January 15-19, 2016 - New York Hilton Midtown
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2016 Keynote and Plenary Sessions

A highlight of the APAP|NYC conference, the keynote and plenary sessions bring together all attendees to hear from some of the most inspiring creative thinkers, thought leaders and artists from around the world who have influence on our field and our future.

2016 OPENING PLENARY - “Making the Arts Matter”

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

Artists and their work play 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, mezzo-soproano and founder, El Camino Project
Bill T. Jones
Paula Kerger

SATURDAY FEATURED SESSION - "Making Points of Entry - Models for Nuturing Participation in Arts and Culture"

Saturday, January 16, 9-11 a.m.

APAP launches the APAP|NYC professional development program with a focus on national and international programs that break down barriers and build community through participation in the arts. Learn about initiatives and strategies that utilize the driving forces of new media, policies on inclusivity, and distribution technologies to ensure broader access to arts and culture.

John Ewing, co-founder, Ghana Think Tank
Carmen Montoya, co-founder, Ghana Think Tank
Ahmad Sarmast,founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Followed by "discovery" breakout sessions led by discussants.

SATURDAY PLENARY SESSION - "Making Art and the Critical Response 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 in communities around the world. Speakers will share insights, advice and stories of success in a rapid-fire, pecha kucha-style presentation interwoven with audience participation in the critical response process created 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

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


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

The only Hispanic artist to earn all four major entertainment awards, Rita Moreno will share her inspiration and perspective on making a career that has been groundbreaking and indeed legendary!