Performing Arts Leaders Honored at 2010 Annual
Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference
Awards Ceremony to Honor Lifetime Achievement, Advocacy,
Community Service, and Accessibility in Performing Arts
January 11, 2010
New York, NY — The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) honored leaders in the arts industry at the 53rd Annual Members Conference. As Master of Ceremonies, national business leader and arts philanthropist, Adrienne Arsht led an inspiring and dynamic awards ceremony. The 2010 APAP Conference NYC is the premier global arts marketplace and network for the performing arts industry and convened nearly 4,000 conference attendees from all over the country and around the world, over 400 exhibitors and showcased over 1,000 performances at this year's conference.
“As we herald the APAP Conference NYC 2010 theme, ‘Risk. Opportunity. Now.’ it is an honor to highlight the work of this year’s honorees,” said Sandra Gibson President & CEO of APAP. “These Awardees exemplify the very trailblazing spirit that only comes from artists and individuals taking the kinds of risks integral to making and presenting the performing arts in the ever-changing landscape.”
The following honors were presented at today's awards ceremony:
- Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts: John O’Neal - playwright, actor, community leader.
This award honors individuals whose genius, energy, and excellence have defined or redefined an art form for today's audience.
- William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming: Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts (CFA) at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
This award honors an individual or organization for the quality, innovation and vision of program design, audience building and community efforts.
- Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award: FTM ARTS LAW - Jonathan Ginsburg, Brian Taylor Goldstein, Robyn Guilliams, and Andi Floyd.
This award honors an individual or an organization for a particular advocacy effort or for a sustained advocacy campaign at the national, state or local level that has had a significant impact on the performing arts. The award honors the late Congressman Sidney R. Yates whose commitment to the arts was legendary and who continues to serve as an inspiration to us all.
- Association of Performing Arts Presenters/MetLife Arts Access Award - Engaging Underserved Communities: University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville, Fla; and The Wooden Floor (formerly Saint Joseph Ballet), Santa Ana, CA.
Sponsored by MetLife Foundation, this award honors an organization that has been exemplary and innovative in its dedication and approach to engaging underserved individuals and communities that lack access to the performing arts and cultural life in the community. Such access could be a result of, but not limited to, differences in geographic location, socio-economic conditions, diverse backgrounds or other factors. Applicants may identify their own underserved constituencies.
- Association of Performing Arts Presenters/MetLife Arts Access Award - Engaging Individuals with Disabilities: Quest: Arts for Everyone, Lanham, MD; and Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Fla.
Sponsored by MetLife Foundation, this award honors an organization that has been exemplary in its dedication and approach to engaging individuals with disabilities to experience and value the performing arts. This may be accomplished through programs and strategies that integrate new technologies, respond to recent demographic shifts, and/or establish an ongoing dialogue focused on individuals with sensory, cognitive, learning, developmental, and/or physical disabilities.
- Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting: Byron Gustafson, Managing Partner Emeritus, Opus 3 Artists.
The Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting honors an individual whose outstanding service, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on the profession of presenting and/or on the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. This award honors Fan Taylor for her many contributions to the field of presenting. Taylor was instrumental in the development of what was then called the Association of College and University Concert Managers. She served as APAP' first secretary-treasurer and eventually as the executive director.
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), based in Washington DC, is a national service and advocacy organization with nearly 2,000 members worldwide dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together. Our members represent the nation’s leading performing arts centers; municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. A leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement.