Creating optimum space for the performing arts

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    Here is freshly baked news for Filipino culture enthusiasts. The Association of the Philippine Performing Arts Spaces (APPAS), an association of performing arts spaces in the Philippines, formerly the Philippine Performing Arts Centers Consortium (PhilPACC) informally established in February 2018.

    “APPAS envisions a diverse arts infrastructure ecosystem that engenders the best environment to create and experience the performing arts.

    “Fuelled by its mission to contribute to the enhancement of the Filipino artists-audience encounter through the revitalization and synergy of performing arts spaces, the following activities are prioritized by the association:
    * continuous recruitment efforts (especially in the regions)
    * regular activities/programs for members (i.e. bi-annual general assemblies)
    * trainings/workshops on technical theatre, curatorship, venue and production management, among others

    “Through the said efforts and undertakings, it aims to pursue efficient, effective and responsive management of performing arts spaces and curatorship of content/programming”.

    To date, the association has twenty five (25) members; 20 from NCR, 2 from Visayas, 1 from Mindanao and 2 from Luzon. Upcoming venue/site visits in Luzon and Visayas, to further increase membership, are scheduled for the year.

    To pursue efficient, effective and responsive management of performing arts spaces and curatorship of content/programming, APPAS intends to establish and provide an information network; Develop and share technical, administrative/management, marketing and curatorship skills and expertise for the enrichment of all member-spaces; Cultivate and promote the exchange of artistic programs and content among member-spaces; and Nurture relationships through mutually beneficial activities and collaborations
    Those present at the Club Filipino last Tuesday to fine tune APPAS’s function and objectives were:Mr. Chris Millado, vice-president of the CCP; Ariel Yonzon; Ms. Rosario C. Tala, Ms. Victoria Lago; Boysie Villavicencio, of Erehwon Center for the Arts; Raffy Benitez; Diana Onate; Mr. Martin Lopez, of Far Eastern University; Daniel Cortezano, Arete, ADMU (for Mr. Ricky Abad); and Ms. Myra Beltran, Dance Forum.

    Board Members of APPAS include: Chris Millado, Cultural Center of the Philippines; Ariel Yonzon, Cultural Center of the Philippines; Martin Lopez, Far Eastern University; Ricky Abad, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University; Shax Siasoco, The Theatre @ Solaire; and Myra Beltran of Dance Forum

    Because of the change of name of the Organization from the Philippine Performing Arts Centers Consortium (PhilPACC) to the Association of Philippine Performing Arts Spaces (APPAS), a logo-design competition will be undertaken with a cash prize of P25,000.00 which The Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines (FCCP) had just been donated to support this new renamed organisation.

    The energetic group of APPAS members and officers are now looking into activities like members training programs for 2020, other valuable and useful activities intented for the year are: Curatorship – curriculum to be developed by Ms. Myra Beltran – to be conducted in August (2-3 hour workshop); Venue Management – curriculum to be developed by Mr. Ariel Yonzon, CCP- to be conducted in June or July (2-3 hour workshop) ; Production Management; Festival Management; Lighting Design Workshop; Writing/Public Relations Training; Technical Theater and Acoustics; and Apprenticeship Program

    In the drawing board is a 2020 Touring Program which the APPAS secretariat is preparing to calendar for the Touring Programs of APPAS members. It will be routed to all members for corresponding inputs.

    The next APPAS General Assembly will be on February 20 at 3pm, hosted by Ms. Myra Beltran, Dance Forum, in Quezon City. Mr. Contezano from Arete volunteered to bring their newest VR device/console for all member-attendees to experience/engage with. He also committed to prepare the venue lay-out of Dance Forum in preparation for the VR experience.

    The enthusiasm of the APPAS members is so commendable. As a team, we pray that APPAS will achieve their many plans not only for their organization and its members but for the Filipino who should be accorded A-1 performances right at their doorsteps.

    For those who believe that the existence of APPAS is vital and necessary in our local cultural scene, we say a prayer and wish you the best in all your endeavors.