Performing Arts Conference in New York to Address Climate Change

More than 3,000 performing arts professionals from two-dozen countries expected at annual performing artists conference this month in New York City, with climate change the focus in two sessions.

Performing arts professionals from more than two-dozen countries worldwide will take on climate change and the arts at the upcoming annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, APAP, in New York City.

The January 11-15 meeting at the New York Hilton is expected to attract more than 3,000 artists, performing artist presenters and managers, artists agents, and others involved in supporting the performing arts. (See related posting on art-science and climate change featuring risks to coral reefs.)

A Sunday, January 13, session, “Presenting a Climate for Change” in the Hilton’s Trianon Ballroom from 9 to 11 a.m., is to address how “the struggle continues to educate and assist communities to plan and take action” on climate change in the face of widespread impacts. Presenters at that session will demonstrate climate change arts-based initiatives in Brussels, London, and Melbourne. Planners say the session will “explore strategies that include creating new artist/science gatherings, funding streams, touring networks, commissioning, presenting, and touring new works” involving climate change.

Scheduled speakers for that session are Peter Gingold, Founder/Director, TippingPoint, London; Guy Gypens, Artistic Director, Kaaitheater, Brussels; program organizer Marda Kirn, Director, EcoArts Connections, Boulder, Co.; Theresa von Wuthenau, Coordinator, Imagine2020, Brussels; and Angharad Wynne-Jones, Director, TippingPoint Australia, Melbourne.

The same panelists later that day will address a session entitled “DVD Showcase: Work Inspired by Climate Change and Sustainability.”

That 3-4:30 p.m. session, in Hilton-Concourse C, is to feature climate- and sustainability-inspired overseas performing arts works in theater, dance, music, and multimedia.

“Consider how international and other collaborations might develop around these themes, igniting momentum for positive change,” program planners say in the materials promoting their session.

For more information about the conference, contact Chelsea Hick at chick @ artspresenters.org, 202-207-3845. The media contact is Alicia Anstead
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aanstead @ artspresenters.org at 207-632-4656.

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