FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
Dear Apollo Family,
It has been a banner year for the Apollo Theater, from Ta-Nehisi Coates becoming our inaugural Master Artist-in-Residence, to the first-ever international expansion of the Apollo’s Amateur Night to Japan; and from the addition of the legendary Temptations to our beloved Walk of Fame, to the world premiere of HBO’s seminal documentary The Apollo. Thank you for being a part of it!
In addition to our thrilling spring line-up, which you can read more about here, we’re also looking ahead to the fall 2020 opening of the theaters at the Victoria and how they will enable us to continue to expand our work in a number of ways, notably our education, family, and community programming.
The intimate theaters at the Victoria will give families the ability to bring even younger children to the Apollo to experience their first taste of live performing arts as part of our Family Showtime series. We’ll also be able to offer additional free programming like Live Wire and Uptown Hall events, providing more opportunities for the community to come together to discuss key issues of the day.
Each year, the Apollo engages 15,000 students and teachers with our robust, ongoing education programs such as School Day Live and the Apollo Theater Academy, which includes the High School Internship Program, In-School Career Seminars, and Apollo Young Producers Club, for teens and young adults. With the theaters at the Victoria, we will increase our programs that train the next generation of producers, artists, technicians, and creators for 21st century jobs in the arts, entertainment, and technology fields. We hope that participants will gain even more hands-on experience with the contemporary equipment at the new theaters, including the launch of a soon-to-be-announced digital technology program for students, ages 14-21. We’ll continue to help students recognize and build upon the skills they have, creating a direct path into the workforce. As a NY State-approved provider of educator training, we’ll offer even more professional development workshops at the theaters at the Victoria, providing resources for teachers that enable them to integrate the rich history of the Apollo, Harlem, and the arts into their classrooms and address issues of identity and access.
We will be sure to share more information in the coming months about the many ways the theaters at the Victoria will extend our role and engage with young people and our community at-large. Before the year ends, I hope to see you for one of our many Holidays at the Apollo offerings. Your feedback is integral to our work, please share your thoughts at any time by emailing [email protected]. Please consider supporting these exciting Apollo initiatives in your year-end giving by making a donation here.
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season,
President & CEO