Lionheart Live Arts and Youth Theatre announces Reimagined Youth and Family Programming Session for APAP|NYC 2020: Acclaimed Performing Artists Offer Programs through Lens of Social Justice
I am really proud of this event I put together for APAP2020. There is so much incredible work in the theatre field right now. Unfortunately, because the arts field often works in silos, many youth programmers are unaware of these artists. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new conversation.
From the press release:
In an effort to foster the relationships between artists and presenters in the field of Youth and Family Programming, Lionheart Live Arts & Youth Theatre will host a session Reimagining Youth and Family Programming through the Lens of Social Justice as part of APAP|NYC (January 10-14, 2020), the world’s leading global performing arts gathering, marketplace and members conference. January 13th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown in Concourse C. To register for the conference, visit apapnyc.org.
"It’s time to open pathways for more artists to be seen in the youth and family programming sector,” says Marks. “Our field has had a year of incredible work that is not on the radar of presenters due to the lack of critical writing in the field about work for young audiences and the limited opportunities and budgets to see new American work. Our goal for this session is to amplify these great artists and to create more platforms for presenters and artists to meet one another. This is just the beginning and we look forward to more in 2021.”
The session will feature six nationally acclaimed artists who are creating groundbreaking, tour-ready work for young audiences through the lens of social justice. They will share strategies to ensure program success and embolden performing arts presenters to advocate for intersectional work focused on social justice, as well as to help dismantle barriers that prevent artists from entering the youth and family touring marketplace.
The artists/panelists are:
Kaneza Schaal is an artist working in theatre, opera and dance. Her work has shown and around the world, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Kennedy Center. Schaal is the co-creator of CARTOGRAPHY, a collaboration with artist and writer Christopher Myers, an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, who will also speak on the panel. The production draws on Schaal and Myers’ work with refugee youth in the United States and internationally. CARTOGRAPHY will premiere at The New Victory Theater January 8-19, 2020.
Okwui Okpokwasili is an interdisciplinary artist and choreographer and a 2018 recipient of the Macarthur “Genius” Grant. Her new work for young audiences, Adaku’s Revolt premiered at the 2019 Tilt Festival and tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally.
Beatrice Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist, drag queen, executive director of Drag Queen Story Hour, and national advocate for queer family programming.
Caroline Reck is founder of Glass Half Full Theatre, an environmental activist, puppeteer, and creator of national touring Theater for Young Audiences work, including Cenicienta, a bilingual feminist retelling of Cinderella which will premiere at The Kennedy Center for their 2020-2021 family theatre season. Cenicienta showcases at APAP|NYC 2020 on Sunday, January 12 at 9:20 a.m. at Theater 4 at Theater Row.
Emily Marks (host) is a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, director of Lionheart Live Arts and Youth Theatre, a social practice artist and creative producer working at the intersection of socially engaged art and performance.
The Kennedy Center was so kind to feature our work in their newsletter this month. I am truly grateful for the experience of this fellowship and look forward to the future.