Arts Management Students to Aid Local Cultural Organizations


NORTH ADAMS, MA - After participating in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference in New York, NY, earlier this month, nine MCLA arts management students will play a role in helping local cultural organizations plan their upcoming performing arts seasons.  


The APAP Conference is the largest marketplace for the performing arts and the top destination for those who want to experience what's next in the world of artistic performance. It offers face-to-face networking opportunities, and features nearly 400 exhibitors and more than 1,000 showcase performances at venues throughout New York City.


Assigned to "program" a season for MCLA Presents!, on Friday, Jan. 29, the students - Rachel Seklecki '11 of Southampton, Mass.; Jed Krivisky '10 of Osining, NY; Laura Gibson '10 of Melvin Village, NH; Melissa Cowitt '10 of Huntington Station, NY; Gary Noke '10 of Concord, Mass.; Conor Moroney '10 of Wilmington, Mass.; Tara von Schmidt '11 of Barkhamsted, Conn.; Vanessa Leikvoll '12 of Hinsdale, Mass.; and Meghan Zaremba '10 of Stoughton, Mass. - will present their ideas for what the 2010-11 season could look like to the series' advisors and collaborators.


Held in MCLA Gallery 51, attendance to this event is by invitation only; however, the press is welcome. Attendees will include officials from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Railway Café music series.


According to Jonathan Secor, director of special programs at MCLA, who accompanied the students on the trip, "Our students were part of the conference. They met with agents. They went to showcases. They talked money and dates. They actually did the same things that the majority of the other people who were there were doing, which was looking to buy and sell art."

Noke said the experience inspired him to work harder to get into the arts field.


"It enhanced my education by giving me hands-on experience in the world of presenting and the arts," said Noke. "The best thing was the opportunity I had to make many connections with people I would never have otherwise met. Talking to other professionals really gave me a good idea of what it takes to get into the arts business as a presenter or agent."


At the conference, students viewed art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoMA); attended four shows at the Under the Radar Festival, produced by the Public Theatre in New York; five contemporary dance pieces at the Japan Society; four works-in-progress at the HERE Arts Center; a Samuel Beckett play, an after-party with Brandon Cutrell, 12 performances at GlobalFest by musicians from around the world; as well as six talks and talkbacks, including those with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.