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APAP Set for January 11-14

The 46th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), the leading performing arts association in the United States, will be held January 11-14 at the Hilton New York & Towers in New York.

Keynoting the three-day confab are internationally acclaimed novelist and cultural visionary Carlos Fuentes, who will open the conference, and playwright and social activist Eve Ensler will make closing remarks.

More then 3,000 performing arts professionals are expected to attend.

"This growing international gathering provides a behind the scenes look at presenting the performing arts", says APAP President & CEO Sandra L. Gibson. "It provides a forum for artists, producers, presenters, managers, agents and other performing arts professionals to connect and conduct business."

APAP will also celebrate and honor the achievements and success of the leaders in the performing arts. Classical ensemble Kronos Quartet will be presented with the 2003 Award of Merit. Luis Valdez and his company El Teatro del Campesino (The Farmerworkers Theater) will be awarded the William Dawson Award for bringing the Chicano experience to stage and screen as a vital component of American culture. The Sidney R. Yates Arts Advocacy will be presented to newly elected House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

APAP, founded in 1957, is the only association that encompasses all facets of performing and live arts from chamber music to dance to dramatic theater. It has more than 1,400 organizational member organizations that include arts managers, producers, touring artists, presenters, educators, funders and agents, and provides a wide range of programs including the Annual Members Conference, professional leadership development and continuing education opportunities, financial support, publications and arts advocacy.