For The Kids - - ARTS. WORK. LIFE. by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Ep.3.

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For The Kids – – ARTS. WORK. LIFE. by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Ep.3.

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. The ARTS. WORK. LIFE. podcast series is produced by APAP and made possible with support from the Wallace Foundation.

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, a 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

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The Storytellers in this episode:

Amancay Kugler (Chicago, IL), the executive director of Yes Ma’am Circus, who faced the unique stressors of parenting while performing.
Beatrice Thomas (California), a creative producer, drag performer and educator, and former director of Drag Queen Story Hour, who risked their own safety to preserve the magic of storytelling.
Brian Bon (Anaheim, CA), a clogger, arts educator and director of Powerhouse Percussive Dance, who discovered the powerful impact of arts education.

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ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is an award-winning podcast about what it’s really like to work in the performing arts, featuring bold, untold stories from artists and arts workers.
The podcast is produced by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals with the support of the Wallace Foundation. Listen on your favorite podcast app.

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals
The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) is the national service, advocacy, and membership organization for the live performing arts field, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the professionals who work within it. Learn more at apap365.org.

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The Association of Performing Arts Professionals

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) is the national service, advocacy, and membership organization for the live performing arts field, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the professionals who work within it. Learn more at apap365.org.