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

2017 Program Tracks

APAP|NYC 2017 program tracks provide customized, suggested APAP|NYC professional development based on questions that explore the following topics of interest:

(Sessions that may be of particular interest to those involved in international presenting are indicated with an "I".)

MC = FLOW (The Arts, Community Engagement and Social Change) 

At APAP|NYC 2016, the APAP community reflected on our individual and joint roles as “makers.” In 2017, the conference will continue that thread on the role of the artist, presenter, producer (and the agent/manager) as Makers of Culture (MCs) and catalysts for community engagement and social change. What are good examples of ways in which the presenting process contributes to building awareness and changing perceptions that ultimately bring people and communities together?

  • The Arts and Communities in Crisis, Friday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Exploring Diverse Perspectives on Curatorial Practice, Friday, 1:30-2:50 p.m.
  • MC (Makers of Culture) = FLOW: What is Our Role in Affecting Social Change and Resilience?, Friday, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Indigenous Arts and Culture: Working with Indigenous Artists and Communities, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m. (I) 
  • Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m. (I)
  • Arts Happen in Creative Places: Global Approaches in Cultural Policy and Community Initiatives, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m. (I)
  • Artist-centered Presenting: Shifting the Model, Sunday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Hot New Trends in Mexican Performing Arts, Monday, 9:30-10:15 a.m. (I)
  • Queering the Arts: LGBTQ Arts and Audiences, Sunday, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Asian American Artists in the #OSCARsoWhite World, Monday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • The Community Engagement Continuum: The Relationship Flow, Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
  • Field Notes from Brooklyn, Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Disrupt the Flow (Innovation and Risk-Taking)

Innovative thinking and solutions often arise from identifying complex challenges and responding to them in unexpected ways. We seek examples of programs and strategies that have brought about meaningful change by disrupting the status quo of an organization’s programs and activities.

  • Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work, Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
  • Artistic Intent: Innovation, Distinctive or Gimmick?, Friday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • The Creative Mind: Finding the Flow, Saturday, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Bridging Leadership Styles: The Next Generation, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Embodied Awareness: Re-Viewing Diversity and Inclusion, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Moving Beyond the Audience: Integrating Disability on Stage, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Engaging the Public: Performances in Alternative Spaces, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Is It Worth the Risk?, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m.
  • Greening Your Act: Environmental Sustainability Practices, Sunday, 10-10:45 a.m.

Find Your Flow (Inspiration and Leadership)

In a complex and challenging field, where can performing arts professionals find the necessary inspiration to do the work we do? How can we best nurture and support each other across generations – for those leaders who are emerging, at mid-career, and approaching retirement? How might we work together to exchange knowledge, ideas, and vision in the service of transition and sustainability, both for individual practitioners and the field as a whole?

  • Colorblind?: Using the Arts to Value Differences, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • The Artist in Residence: Activating Space, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Jazz: Strengthening Community Engagement to Heighten Audience Demand, Sunday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • The Furnace: Disrupting Your Flow in Order to Find It, Sunday, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • The Artist in Full Flow, Monday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Best Practices for Managing Leadership Transitions, Monday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • APAP's Leadership Fellows Program, Monday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Workflow (Best Business Practices)

The business of presenting encompasses the sequence of strategic, creative, operational, logistical, and technological decisions and processes through which performance work is developed, produced, presented and sustained, reaching audiences across the U.S. and around the world. What tools, resources, and strategies are being applied to the business side of the presenting industry?

Workflow: Audience Development

  • Branded Series and Formats: New Programming Approaches, Saturday, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • The Three R’s: Research, Results and Resiliency, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Data-Driven: Smart Student Engagement, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Catalyst for Dance Touring: National Dance Project, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m.
  • Role of Technology (Social/Mobile) in Disrupting Flow, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m.
  • The Creative Team: Finding the Flow Together, Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 5 Minutes to Shine! Building Arts Audiences Competition, Monday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • There's No Business Like FLOW Business, Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
  • University Presenting Partnerships for Engagement, Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Workflow: Booking and Touring

  • An Updated Picture of U.S. Dance Internationally, Sunday 10-10:45 a.m. (I)
  • New Paradigms for New Economic Realities in Performing Arts, Friday, 1:30-2:50 p.m.
  • APAP's Cultural Exchange Laboratory, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m. (I)
  • Ethics, Relationships and Communication, Saturday, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Independent Touring and Navigating the Performing Arts, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m. (I)
  • Contract Flow is Good to Know, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m.
  • Making Artistic Cents: Contracting Skills...Basics and Beyond, Sunday, 9-9:45 a.m.
  • Breaking Down Walls While Countries Build Them, Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. (I)