Judith Jamison, Dancer, Choreographer and Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Photo by Andrew Eccles

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NEW YORK CITY |  Judith Jameson, Lane Czaplinski, Sarah Wilke and Philip Horn will be honored by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) during its annual conference in New York City. They will receive APAP Awards for “service to the performing arts” and their “significant impact on the industry and on communities worldwide.”

The winners will be honored at a luncheon, noon, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at the Hilton New York in New York City. The event is part of APAP|NYC, the association’s annual conference.

Each year, APAP bestows four awards on behalf of the performing arts field. This year’s awardees are:

  • The William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming: On the Boards, under the leadership of Lane Czaplinski and Sarah Wilke;
  • The Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts: Philip Horn, of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts;
  • The Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts: Judith Jamison, legendary dancer and director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

A fourth award will be handed out: the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting. The winner will not be disclosed until Jan. 14. 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 Arts Presenters’ first secretary-treasurer and eventually as the first executive director. Last year’s winner was Alicia Adams who is a judge in this year’s awards committee.

“The annual Arts Presenters awards celebrate the extraordinary talents and contributions distinguished colleagues and organizations have made to our field and to our community life,” says Mario Garcia Durham, APAP president and CEO in a prepared statement. “They not only work for the greater good, they provide inestimable role models for the place of the arts, arts leaders and artists in the global, regional and local landscapes.”

A panel of national arts leaders decides on the winners each year based on nominations from the field. This year’s awards committee included: Alicia Adams, vice president of international programming at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and 2012 recipient of the APAP Fan Taylor Award; emerging arts leader Anna Glass (NY); Houng Vu, community investor at Boeing Corporation (WA); Chuck Helm, director of performing arts at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center; Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS (GA); Mitch Menchaca, COO of Chorus America (DC); Angela Beeching, principal at Beyond Talent Consulting (MA); Beth Morrison, creative producer at Beth Morrison Projects (NY); and Alberta Arthurs, arts and culture consultant and contractor (NY).

What follows are the bios of each announced winner, and the reason they are receiving awards:

On the Boards
Lane Czaplinski, Artistic Director
Sarah Wilke, Managing Director
William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming
The William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence is presented to an individual or organization for the quality, innovation and vision of program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. The award is named to honor William M. Dawson for the service he provided to the field of arts administration during his 14 years as Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, then the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators (ACUCAA).

On the Boards has been a leading center for contemporary performance in the U.S. for nearly 35 years. Founded by local artists, its mission has always been to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists. OtB made a name for itself early on by presenting works by pioneers such as Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Mark Morris, Laurie Anderson, The Wooster Group and others at its former home Washington Hall, an African-American Masonic Lodge that served as an early rehearsal space for Jimi Hendrix. During the past 10 years under the guidance of artistic director Lane Czaplinski and managing director Sarah Wilke, the Seattle-based organization has continued this legacy by programming a who’s who list of artists from around the world representing a diversity of cultures, disciplines and creative practices. On the Boards’ programming strategy and organizational culture are calibrated specifically to foster and cultivate risk. The fact that ticket revenues make up just a fraction of its overall revenues means it is not vulnerable to fluctuations in attendance and can take bold programming risks that few organizations can manage.

Philip Horn, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts
The Sidney R. Yates Advocacy 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 all of us.

Philip Horn has been executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 1993. During his tenure, the agency has received the highest funding in its history and has doubled its number of grant awards and expanded its services. The state agency was named among the top 50 “most creative, forward-thinking, results-driven government programs” by Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Awards. Horn also created Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, which brought together several major public and private arts funding organizations to support touring groups within and outside Pennsylvania’s borders. He was instrumental in establishing the Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University, and helped develop the eGrant program. A recipient of the Gary Young Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Excellence in Leadership Award from VSA (the International Organization for Art and Disability), Horn holds an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. In 2010, Horn was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Pennsylvania PTA and received the “Friend of Pennsylvania PTA” award. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for 17 years.

Judith Jamison, Dancer, Choreographer and Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts
Awarded to an individual whose genius, energy and excellence have defined or redefined an art form for today’s audiences. In previous years, organizations, which had a profound and lasting effect on the performing arts, also were eligible for this award.

Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. During the next 15 years, Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. During the 1970s and �80s, she appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. She returned to AAADT in 1989 when Ailey asked her to succeed him as artistic director. In the 21 years that followed, she brought the company to unprecedented heights. Jamison is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts and a “Bessie” Award. She was also listed in “The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy – using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

Judith Jamison, Dancer, Choreographer and  Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American  Dance Theater | Photo by Andrew Eccles
Judith Jamison, Dancer, Choreographer and Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Photo by Andrew Eccles
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