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ARTS. WORK. LIFE.

Arts & Culture Podcasts

Arts workers are essential, and more than ever, it's important that the world understand what it's like to work in the performing arts. Hear the bold, untold personal stories on workplace and work culture from arts workers themselves. Produced by APAP and made possible with support from the Wallace Foundation.

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United States

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Arts workers are essential, and more than ever, it's important that the world understand what it's like to work in the performing arts. Hear the bold, untold personal stories on workplace and work culture from arts workers themselves. Produced by APAP and made possible with support from the Wallace Foundation.

Language:

English

Contact:

(202)833-2787


Episodes
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Next week’s episode…

6/18/2024
Artists who are changing the world take the spotlight in next week’s episode, coming to your feed June 25th!

Duration:00:01:15

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Breaking the Arts Barrier

6/11/2024
Systemic barriers to equality are apparent throughout the industry, but at a certain point you can't keep dancing around the red tape. You have to break through it. Episode two is all about arts workers that are breaking down barriers. But these storytellers don’t just shine a light on inequality, they offer a tangible and inspirational path forward. Intro: “Eyes and Ears” with Sabrina Martinez, an audio describer in Houston, Texas. Act One: “Tours and Tribulations” with Justine Bayod Espoz, the executive director of Torito Arts in Chicago, Illinois. Act Two: “Mobilizing To Move Forward” with Daniel Phoenix Singh, the executive director of Metro Arts Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:26:04

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Ep. 2 Sneak Preview

6/4/2024
Episode two arrives June 11th – featuring inspirational stories of arts workers breaking down systemic barriers.

Duration:00:01:27

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Remix, Rework, Reimagine.

5/28/2024
The audience was seated, the performers were waiting in the wings, and the musicians were just about to play the opening note when a powerful storm took out the electrical grid for the entire county. With the event suddenly canceled on the last night of their tour, Jono Gasparro’s company found inspiration in desperation. And that’s when the magic happened. The first episode of the third season of ARTS. WORK. LIFE. explores what results when artists and arts workers must remix, rework, and reimagine their performances, their work life, and their art. Whether by accident, a cruel twist of fate, or through thoughtful consideration, these necessary adaptations reveal what truly guides performing arts professionals. Act One: “Remix” with Jono Gasparro, the co-founder of Electric Root in Los Angeles, California. Act Two: “Rework” with Ziiomi Law, an administrative care worker and artist. They are currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Act Three: “Reimagine” with Perla Batalla, a singer and recording artist in Los Angeles, California. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:25:06

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Season 3 Arrives May 28th!

5/21/2024
Are you ready to shine? Season three of the award-winning ARTS. WORK. LIFE. podcast arrives May 28th! Twenty bold, untold stories will take you behind the curtain of the performing arts industry. Whether about failure and heartbreak or triumph and success, each story reveals an important truth from the perspective of a professional working in live arts and entertainment. Subscribe or follow the show, turn on automatic downloads, and tell a friend about ARTS. WORK. LIFE. https://apap365.org/podcast/

Duration:00:01:40

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The story submission deadline is approaching.

3/22/2024
ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is looking for your bold, untold stories for Season 3! Whether you work on-stage or behind-the-scenes, we want to hear from you. The final deadline of April 9th is approaching! Submit your story at ArtsWorkLife.org.

Duration:00:01:26

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Tell your story in Season 3!

3/1/2024
Learn how you can share your personal story in Season 3. Visit ArtsWorkLife.org Priority deadline is March 21st. ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is produced by APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) with support from The Wallace Foundation.

Duration:00:01:26

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Breaking Out of the Box

8/8/2023
Being prematurely judged or misunderstood can be frustrating, limiting and even harmful. In the final episode of Season 2, artists and arts administrators share stories of pushing boundaries, subverting categories and defying expectations. Act One: “Up-Rising” with Emily Isaacson, a conductor and the founding director of Classical Uprising in Portland, Maine. Act Two: “Such Creatures” with Luke Greeff, a dancer, choreographer, circus artist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Act Three: “More Than Madness” with Sam Simon, a playwright, author and actor in McLean, Virginia. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ You can find the resource Luke mentions in their story, Gender Expansive Practices in Dance Spaces: An Introduction here. Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:34:00

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With or Without A Net

8/1/2023
Content warning: description of sexual harassment between 9:10 and 10:05 and brief mention of sexual abuse of minors between 24:09 and 24:49. The best workplaces provide safety and support for their teams: permission to innovate, protection from harassment, support during difficult times, and a safety net for workers.n Episode 5, artists and arts administrators share stories of how their workplaces either provided that safety and support—or didn't. Introduction: “Starting From Scratch” with Josh A. Campbell, a curator and engagement and education professional in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Act One: “Breaking The Silence” with Lexis Hamilton, a presenter and program coordinator for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Act Two: “Lifeboat” with DJ Doza The God, an international DJ currently based in Chicago, Illinois. Act Three: “Strength In Numbers” with Shenea Stiletto, a circus arts advocate in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:34:17

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Outside In

7/25/2023
Feeling like an “outsider” can be isolating, and sometimes you don’t even realize the weight you’re carrying until you find yourself in a place of belonging. In Episode 4, a circus performer, Shakespearean actor, classical musician, and Native storyteller share their journeys from “outsider” to “insider,” exploring representation, safe spaces, embracing identity and confronting privilege. Introduction: “In The Spotlight” with Chris Rooney, a circus performer and founding member of the BIPOC Circus Alliance Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. Act One: “Barred from The Bard ” with Farah Merani, an actor, writer and arts educator in Los Angeles, California. Act Two: “Into the Fold” with Mari Lee, the CEO and artistic director of Salon Séance in New York, New York. Act Three: “Walking Between Worlds” with Leland Faulkner, a performing artist and arts educator. He lives in Maine on Mi'kmaq‎, Penobscot‎, Passamaquoddy‎ and Abenaki‎ tribal land. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:36:13

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For The Kids

7/18/2023
Content warning: brief mentions of gun violence, suicide and child molestation between 18:16 and 19:32. Whether you are an arts worker and parent, share your art with kids, or see arts education as vital, the intersection of kids and the arts can be joyful and challenging. In Episode 3, hear from a circus artist, drag performer and a clogger. From the Intro: Watch the hilarious video of children reacting to the Opera on Max Grossman’s TikTok account: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.tiktok.com/@maxigrossman/video/7253994878726802734&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1689570168290561&usg=AOvVaw1pqWG05J4RM0YCpKgiuIST Act One: “High Stress on the High Wire” with Amancay Kugler, the executive director of Yes Ma’am Circus in Chicago, Illinois. Act Two: “A Magical Existence” with Beatrice Thomas, a creative producer, drag performer and educator, and former director of Drag Queen Story Hour in California. Act Three: “Clog A Mile In My Shoes” with Brian Bon, a clogger, arts educator and director of Powerhouse Percussive Dance in Anaheim, California. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:30:47

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Roots and Responsibilities

7/11/2023
Our personal experiences, family history and cultural roots define who we are. But translating our roots into our work can be just as trying as it is fulfilling. In Episode 2, we explore what it means to find your unique voice, to feel the burden of representation and to follow the call of legacy. Act One: “The Roots Remix” with Malou Beauvoir, a singer, songwriter and actress who lives in Brussels and New York. Act Two: Seasons of Change” with Heena Patel, the CEO of MELA Arts Connect in Asheville, North Carolina. Act Three: “Movement Forward” with Dominic Moore-Dunson, a choreographer in Akron, Ohio. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:28:12

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Improv Everywhere

7/4/2023
“The show must go on!” is a phrase associated with live entertainment for a reason. Arts workers have always had to think on their feet, respond to last-minute disasters and improvise their way through unexpected circumstances. But the past few years have presented the industry with some unique disruptions. For the first episode of Season 2, we bring you stories about improvisation from around the world including stories about how crises can help you grow, the strength in flexibility, and how too much uncertainty can grind you down. Introduction: “In Tune” with Aruna Kharod, an ethnomusicologist and South Asian performing artist based in Austin, Texas. Act One: “Flipping The Script” with Audrey Rose Dégez, a playwright and producer for CP4P International Productions who splits her time between Pittsburgh and Paris. Act Two: “ On The Road Again” with Gracie Meier, a multimedia artist and artistic director for The Exodus Ensemble in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Act Three: “Stooping to New Heights” with Kendra J. Ross, a dancer, choreographer, community organizer and founding director of STooPS in Brooklyn, New York. You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/ Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit

Duration:00:27:56

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Season 2 Arrives July 4!

6/20/2023
ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is back. This summer, hear the bold, untold stories from behind the scenes of the performing arts industry. Artists, managers, advocates, and educators share pivotal moments in their personal and professional lives.

Duration:00:01:33

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Submit Your Stories for Season Two!

4/20/2023
Season 2 of ARTS. WORK. LIFE. arrives this summer! Performing arts workers: Share your story with the world, go to ArtsWorkLife.org by the final deadline of May 8th. In this post-pandemic world, we face new realities daily. What’s happening in your work life? Has it changed or evolved? Have you had an experience that transformed you? You don't need to submit a fully-written story. Bullet points will do. You can even send in an audio or video file. If your story is selected, we'll work with you on the best way to share your story, so you don't need fancy equipment or any previous podcasting experience. Plus, you will be paid! We want to hear from all arts workers, so if you know someone who has an important story to tell, encourage them to send it in! We welcome ALL performing arts workers and especially those who are under 35, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. Visit ArtsWorkLife.org to learn more. We look forward to hearing your stories!

Duration:00:02:07

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Submit your stories for Season 2!

3/29/2023
Season 2 of ARTS. WORK. LIFE. arrives this summer! Performing arts workers: Share your story with the world, go to ArtsWorkLife.org by the priority deadline of April 19th or the final deadline of May 8th. In this post-pandemic world, we face new realities daily. What’s happening in your work life? Has it changed or evolved? Have you had an experience that transformed you? You don't need to submit a fully-written story. Bullet points will do. You can even send in an audio or video file. If your story is selected, we'll work with you on the best way to share your story, so you don't need fancy equipment or any previous podcasting experience. Plus, you will be paid! We want to hear from all arts workers, so if you know someone who has an important story to tell, encourage them to send it in! We welcome ALL performing arts workers and especially those who are under 35, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. Visit ArtsWorkLife.org to learn more. We look forward to hearing your stories!

Duration:00:02:06

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BONUS EPISODE: Stop Talking, Start Listening, Part 2: Young Arts Worker Panelists Reflect

3/7/2023
In this special bonus episode, the panel from the “Stop Talking, Start Listening: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers” session featured in the last episode reconvene to debrief and unpack audience feedback. Javier Stell-Fresquez, Lexis Hamilton, and Tariq Darrell O'Meally respond to audience questions about authenticity, “paying your dues,” and connecting with colleagues from different generations and backgrounds.

Duration:00:33:03

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BONUS EPISODE: Young Arts Workers Roundtable

3/7/2023
In this special bonus episode, young arts workers gather to address feedback from the “Stop Talking, Start Listening: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers” panel, featured in last week’s episode Javier Stell-Fresquez, Lexis Hamilton and Tariq Darrell O'Meally answer listener questions about authenticity, “paying your dues,” and connecting with colleagues from different backgrounds.

Duration:00:33:03

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BONUS EPISODE: Stop Talking, Start Listening, Part 1: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers

2/28/2023
This special bonus episode is a live recording from the APAP|NYC+ 2023 conference in New York City. Arts workers from across the country came together for a panel titled “Stop Talking. Start Listening: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers and the Future of Our Field.” Young arts workers Javier Stell-Fresquez, Lexis Hamilton, Bobby Cento and Tariq Darrell O'Meally discuss pay equity, job-hopping, performative activism, social media, work/life balance, and how all generations can come together to build a more equitable future.

Duration:00:31:47

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An exciting announcement!

11/22/2022
Performing arts professionals! Join us in-person in New York City from January 13-17, 2023. Learn more and register at APAPNYC.org. Hope to see everyone there!

Duration:00:01:12