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Professional Development Institute
Thursday, January 5

In 2017, APAP will offer two full-day intensives and one half-day intensive to help you and your team strengthen skills, grow opportunities and build careers. The following fee-based workshops are open to the public. Discount available for APAP members for all sessions and for WOCA members for the Women's Leadership Forum. 
Contact APAP for APAP member discount code.

Full-day sessions:

  • Innovative Practices in Family Programming and Student Audience Engagement
  • Cultivating a Culture of Change (*Please note, this session has been canceled. If you have any questions please contact Hannah Sturm at
Half-day session:
  • Women's Leadership Forum - Leveraging Leadership: Addressing Bias in the Arts
Learn more.

This information is about APAP|NYC 2017 and is for reference only. Please check back in the spring for information on APAP|NYC 2018.

APAP|NYC 2017 Pre-Conference Sessions

Plan your trip to APAP|NYC to arrive early with these pre-conference events, free and open to the public. It’s a great way to connect with colleagues and get a sneak peek a​t the week ahead!

Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-Conference
Thursday, January 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, January 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The largest gathering of world music professionals in the U.S., the two-day event includes lively discussions on the latest issues in the field. Organized by Rock Paper Scissors and globalFEST, Inc.

Pre-Conference Morning Sessions
Friday, January 6, 9 a.m.-noon

2017 Dance Forum
The 2017 Dance Forum will bring together a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to connect with peers and discuss immediate, field-wide issues. Dance/USA will also provide updates on upcoming programs, new research initiatives, membership and more. The event is open to the entire dance community.

Festivals Forum
See how festivals are expanding and sustaining audiences that reflect the full demographic make-up of communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Under the Radar Speed Dating (9:30 a.m.-noon)
Learn about new theater works that are ready to tour! In a speed-dating format, groups of presenters have 10-minute meetings with eight theater artists/companies to discuss touring and partnering ideas. This session is geared towards presenters. Artists are curated in advance by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

Youth and Family Programming Forum  
What can we learn and share across sectors (i.e., museums and organizations who present in nontraditional spaces)? What drives the development of new work in youth and family programming? How do artists, agents, presenters and educators work together to foster a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of programming for youth and families? How can we find the right balance between educational needs and opportunities while supporting artistic innovation and risk?

Artistic Intent: Innovative, Distinctive or Gimmick?
Who determines what “serious” classical music is, and does classical music have to be “serious” to be important art? Join APAP’s Classical Connections Committee for a look into how classical artists, programming and marketing have evolved and how presenters select artists that appeal to their audiences while advancing their curatorial mission.

The Engagement Lab
How can we create a more engaging experience for students? This session will share new and innovative ways we can connect with the next generation of audiences, performers and presenters. We will share research-based initiatives and discuss implementation across numerous organization types and sizes.

The Arts and Communities in Crisis
Communities around the world are experiencing a growth in conflicts marked by violence and destruction, largely due to underlying conditions they share in common. Learn how arts organizations can work in partnership with governmental and non-governmental entities to create and sustain peaceful coexistence and progress in the communities they serve.

Security for Performing Arts Events
In these uncertain times, what is the role and responsibility of arts presenters when audiences come together for performing arts events? This session will address such issues as security measures, messaging, cost and the relationships that need to be developed with law enforcement and others to support and protect performing arts programming at both indoor and outdoor venues.

Pre-Conference Afternoon Sessions
Friday, January 6, 1:30-2:50 p.m.

New Paradigms for New Economic Realities in Performing Arts
What do we have to do and what are we already doing differently to survive and prosper as presenters, artists and agents in the new economic realities we face? This session will focus on identifying and adapting to new paradigms.

Exploring Diverse Perspectives on Curatorial Practice
Speakers from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) draw upon their work in museums and on campuses, sharing information, strategies and perspectives on performance curation, including those from independent and artist curators.

UP NEXT! Artist Pitch Session (1:30-3 p.m.)
Discover twelve exciting new works that are in development or ready to tour in this fun pecha kucha-style session. Admission limited to fully registered APAP|NYC conference attendees! *To attend, you must be registered for APAP|NYC 2017 and pick up your badge prior to the session.