Performing Arts: Theater
  APAP 2014 NYC
December 10, 2013
Soon the theaters and clubs will be spilling over with arts connoisseurs from around the United States and beyond. Culture enthusiasts mix with professional arts presenters and producers out to spot new talent and vie over established stars. Make no mistake the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference January 10 – 14 is big business. Tours are arranged, and contracts scored between those who animate the country’s artistic lifeblood and those lubricate the public delivery systems. This year’s president, the much liked and respected Mario Garcia Durham oversees a conference dotted with mini-festivals, workshops, seminars, plenary sessions, keynote speeches and “outsider” festivals hanging onto APAP’s mighty tails.

For those interested in tasting performances, there’s the venerable Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival for theater goers, Focus Dance at the Joyce Theater, Globalfest at Webster Hall, Coil Festival of performance and theater art, “The Rising Stars of Classical Music” as well as the jazz lover’s JazzFest throughout clubs in the Village and elsewhere.

Many presentations roll out at APAP headquarters at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan--but many more are scattered throughout the city’s boroughs and cultural institutions. Although many of the professional sessions require admission to APAP there are a number of public conversations and professional sessions free to the public—generally with a request for on-line reservations. Each year, APAP honor leaders in the field, and in 2014, the Annual APAP Award winners are composer Philip Glass, Harlem Stage, and Americans for the Arts Executive CEO Robert L. Lynch.

Statistically, APAP draws about 45,000 people from around the worked and more than 1000 artists appear in showcases. Bottom line, there’s nothing better than supporting the arts as a central part of America’s thriving economy. The arts generate dollars and build national legacy.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis

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