Programming at APAP|NYC+ 2022

As we prepare to regather in 2022, one thing is clear: we are not the same arts professionals, field or industry we were when we last met in New York City in 2020, or for that matter, online in January 2021.

The impact of the pandemic, the racial reckoning across our field, and the move to more equitable, just, and sustainable practices have restructured the landscape of our work and art. What, then, does this mean for the ways we advance and move forward? It is through this lens and all that it involves that this year’s conference is conceived as we regather in person and online at APAP|NYC+.
At APAP|NYC+ 2022,  you can count on interactive and timely sessions gleaned from field colleagues and curated in partnership with the APAP conference committee and industry leaders. This year’s programs will feature expert and inspiring speakers and will focus on actions we can take to rebuild our business, successfully advance our equity and 10/20/30 efforts, hire and retain staff, and support artists and their work.

In response to the quickly spreading Omicron variant, we have moved all programming online. 

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Conference registrants must have a current APAP membership through January 2022.

Programming Elements

APAP|NYC+ programming will include activities attendees know and love while introducing new elements in response to the new normal and our hybrid convening.

  • Plenaries that inspire and respond to the critical issues that matter most right now: What do the reckonings, adaptive learning, and evolutions across our field mean for the future of our workforce, the future of contracting, the evolution of programming practice, and the future of our gatherings – be they in the theater or at booking conferences?

  • Professional development sessions that provide you with practical strategies and resources for navigating the now and understanding how to adapt to an ever-evolving and unknown future.

  • Critical, interactive fieldwide conversations that require all of us (artists, agents, managers, producers, presenters) to come together to discuss the future of programming, the future of work, and the future of presenting, booking and how we do business.

  • Affinity Groups (see below), Networking Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Safe Spaces to share innovations and challenges with YOUR people, gather with allies who share your values and priorities, greet missed colleagues, meet new colleagues, get the support you need, and engage in more intimate conversations about topics you care about. Good for introverts, too.

  • NEW! Speed Dating Sessions where artists, producers, presenters and agent/managers, and everyone in the field can discover and meet around projects, shared interests, or information in a fast-paced, time-effective and interactive format.

  • On-demand replays of sessions that allow you to view the sessions and events you want, when you want.

Here is a sampling of featured sessions:

  • Opening Plenary: State of Play: Here and Now
  • Time for Transformation: Digital Engagement, Social Justice, and Recovery in the Arts & Culture Sector
  • Finding the Keys with Sharifa Johka: Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Workforce
  • The Show Must Go On – But Can It? The Future of Work Part II
  • Production Labor Shortages in the Arts – A Roundtable Discussion
  • Supporting New Work, BIPOC and Underrepresented Artistic Voices
  • Honoring Your Artistic Practice in Communications
  • State of Play: A Visa and Artist Mobility Update Briefing
  • Curating with Consciousness: Part II
  • Plus, sessions on Mental Wellness, Equity Audits, and Artists Vision for the Future

Affinity Groups and Forums

APAP|NYC+ 2022 Topic Areas

Affinity Groups at APAP|NYC+ provide opportunities for you to "meet your people" to discuss and address issues of common concern. To view all events, visit the Schedule-At-A-Glance.

While usually a members-only benefit, during the APAP|NYC+ pre-conference and conference, APAP Affinity Groups and Forums are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and can be accessed here. In the meantime, let us know what Affinity Groups and Forums most interest you and the key topics you’d like to discuss here.

Monday, December 6 - Pre-Conference

11: 00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST)

  • Consultants and Entrepreneurs

  • Development Professionals

  • Marketing and Communications Professionals

  • Executive Directors and CEOs

  • Venue and Operations Professionals

  • Programming Directors and Curators

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

  • Agents and Managers

  • Artists

  • Community Engagement Professionals

  • Clubs and Independent Music Venues

  • Small and Midsized Presenters

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EST)

  • Asian Arts Professionals

  • Black Arts Professionals

  • LatinX Arts Professionals

  • Native and Indigenous Arts Professionals

  • White Allies/Accomplices Leading Equity and Anti-Racism Work

Tuesday, December 7 - Pre-Conference 

11: 00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST)

  • Classical Music Forum
  • Outdoor Arts and Festivals

  • Youth and Family Programming

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

  • College and University Presenters

  • Independent Performing Arts Centers/Presenters

  • Municipal Presenters

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EST)

  • Artists, Agents, Managers and Producers in Support of BIPOC work

Tuesday, January 11

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST)

  • LGBTQIA2S+Professionals

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (EST)

  • 35 and Under Arts Professionals

Fieldwide Conversations

APAP will host a number of interactive conversations to engage the performing arts field on pressing issues as a lead-up to the January conference. To view all events, visit the Schedule-At-A-Glance.

Wednesday, December 8 - Pre-Conference


The Future of Programming: Curating with Consciousness - Definitions and Examples
Watch the Replay

What is the difference between impact and intent as we work to become anti-racist in our curatorial practice? How do we know that we aren’t centering whiteness and that our work isn’t tokenizing? Join seasoned presenters and producers as they reflect on the vocabulary of conscious and conscientious artistic curation in their work and what it has meant to apply those concepts to their lived experiences.

The Future of Work: Workforce and Workplace Strategies for the Performing Arts
Watch the Replay
The performing arts field is experiencing a workplace reckoning on multiple levels. Hiring and retaining staff, replenishing our workforce, and rethinking longtime work/life balance expectations abound. Hear how colleagues are innovating and developing new workplace strategies and using creative problem solving to rethink departments and responsibilities to better reflect the shifts in values for employees and work.

The Future of Presenting and Booking: The Role of Convenings in an Altered Landscape
Watch the Replay
Join colleagues from across the field to hear how presenters are approaching programming and the booking cycle as a result of the last 18 months. What does this all mean for the field moving forward? What would help support and facilitate booking and programming now, and what’s most needed? And more importantly, how do convenings and conferences play a role to support the work?

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Conference registrants must have a current APAP membership through January 2022.

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