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Make Room NYC, For APAP

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) is inaugurating an Artist Fellows Program for the APAP|NYC 2011 conference taking place in New York City from January 7-11.

As an ongoing feature of the conference, the Artist Fellows Program is designed to integrate a cohort of 11 artists into the core of the conference by inviting the artist voice and process into central conference conversations.

This program will involve fellows in the institutional dialogues that impact how art is made and shared, while expanding the ways in which artists connect to each other and their counterparts in the industry.

Each year, the APAP|NYC conference brings together more than 3,600 arts professionals from 49 states in the U.S. and 27 countries, making it the largest performing arts industry event.

"Artists are at the core of our work and critical to the success of presenting live performances to engage communities in the performing arts across the globe. We're thrilled to launch the Artist Fellows Program as part of APAP|NYC and to bring an accomplished group of artists directly into the mix of exchanges and deliberations at the conference," said Sandra Gibson, President and CEO, APAP.

Meklit Hadero, Coordinator for the Artist Fellow Program at APAP|NYC 2011 and Resident Artist at the Red Poppy Art House said, "The Artist Fellows program is an innovative bridge-building force for the arts ecology, creating a platform to evolve the dialogue between Artists who create work, and Presenters who bring that work to public visibility.

"At the same time, it is an important step towards solidly integrating the perspective of artists into the APAP conference itself. We are enormously excited to welcome this inspiring fellows class and learn from their wealth of experience as leaders in their respective disciplines," said Hadero according to the press release.

Guest speakers include Benjamin R. Barber, internationally renowned political theorist, and currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Dçmos and President of CivWorld (at Dçmos), the international NGO that sponsors the Interdependence Movement.

Tom Andrews and John Hearn, of advertising consulting firm SYPartners, will also speak at the event.

The APAP|NYC 2011 Artist Fellows are:
Marc Bamuthi Joseph (US): Spoken Word artist, Educator, Curator, Theater maker, Community activist
Emeline Michel (US/Haiti): Singer, Cultural Activist
Jared Nickerson (US): Bassist, Business Manager for Burnt Sugar
Prumsodun Ok (US/Cambodia): Dancer, Choreographer, Founder of Natyarasa
Christina Pato (Spain): Gaita (Galician Bagpipe Player), Member Silk Road Ensemble
Alvaro Restrepo (Colombia): Dancer, Choreographer, Co-founder of El Colegio del Cuerpo
Brian Rogers (US): Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Chocolate Factory
Somi (US/Uganda/Rwanda): Singer, Songwriter, Founder and Director of New Africa Live
Dawn Stoppiello (US): Choreographer, Dancer, Co-founder of Troika Ranch
Benjamin Taubkin (Brazil): Jazz Musician, Co-founder of Nucleo Contemporaneo
Jason Treuting (US): Percussionist, SO Percussion

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon