FROM THE CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS AFTER TWO YEARS of serving as the APAP|NYC co-chairs, we have learned a great deal about inspiration. APAP|NYC is not merely a convening, not merely a place of business transaction. It is where knowledgesharing takes place, where trends begin, where artists and projects are discovered and rediscovered, where mentorships, relationships and friendships are created. It’s the place where our field becomes a living and breathing tribe of culture ambassadors, and when we scatter back to our offices, organizations and communities, we take the APAP “shine” with us. But APAP|NYC is more than even that. Behind every moment of the conference is a NASA-like “command central,” that is, the staff members guided by the leadership of Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the ship. The amount of work that goes into this five-day gathering on the part staff, board members, programming participants and so many others is staggering from a logistical point of view. The staff forms the committees, oversees design artwork, finds sponsors, curates seemingly countless sessions and takes responsibility for making events dynamic and engaging for all members. And that is a mighty task because in the course of two years, we’ve come to understand in a new way the enormity of our field and how many brilliant people fuel its brightness. The conversations we’ve had during this tenure have given us hope for our field, its growing impact on the larger world and hope for the future. This is the biggest conference in the world of its kind. Big in numbers. Big in talent. Big in heart. In the end, we have learned we are all more alike than not as members of a vastly ranging field. We all strive to deliver greatness to audiences, and we understand that art is a catalyst and a game changer, and that our responsibility to the arts is collective and inclusive. We wish you an amazing APAP|NYC 2014. We are grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this crew. Michael Reed SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONAL INITIATIVES ASU GAMMAGE Alison Spiriti BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/LIVE EVENTS PARALLEL 49 AGENCY
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