Cultural management


"…I regard New York City as the most amazing city in the world. No other comes close. It is an incredible, inexhaustible engine." Henry Rollins

The 11th year of Bite the Big Apple! Creative Ecology Tour of New York.

In 2018 we introduced a new Creative Ecology Tour of New York, we broadened our program to include as much as we can of New York’s creative ecology in five intensive days. We want to know what makes New York a global creative centre.

Over the last 10 years Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour™ (BtBA!), Kape Communications (Melbourne, Australia) and Walker International Communications Group (New York City, USA) have hosted arts administrators. These professionals deepened their understanding and exposure to New York arts organizations that are mission driven and focused on engaging diverse audiences and patrons.

New York generates, deals with crisis, and then regenerates. The marrow and lifeblood of this global city is the diversity of people, their lives, their art and their social and economic endeavours. The friction and energy of the various debates, the dialectic and conflicting narratives come together to create the powerhouse that is New York.   

BtBA! digs deep into New York’s neighbourhoods such as Brooklyn, Queens’ Astoria and Crown Heights, as well as Harlem, the East Village, Uptown and Midtown Manhattan.  

We met with people in creative institutions, museums, advocates and leaders. We ate at authentic and new restaurants; we visited universities; talked to social media experts, curators, producers, planners and thinkers. Our desire is to study as much of the creative ecology of New York as we can in five days.

New York changes dramatically yet retains the energy that makes an important global cultural centre. We look at the arts and try to understand the creative ecology in which they flourish.

The creative ecology of New York showcases the intrinsic cultural diversity of the city. An opportunity for professionals from arts to planning, curators to chefs and policy makers, to artists, to be immersed into New York’s cultural ecology.

Participants learnt diverse approaches to engagement, curatorial programing, social media communications, start-up development, food-ways and community engagement. They exchanged ideas with some of New York’s cultural leaders and activists, doers and makers.

Creative professionals met with some of New York’s leading arts programmers, collecting and performance institutions, community arts advocates, education professionals, audience specialists, social media creators and cultural civic planners.

"Curating this immersive experience for global creative professionals in all walks of life is important in expressing the creative, social and economic importance of culturally diversity for creative, cultural and economic development. It is vital more than ever to promote and support the global creative and cultural ecology," says Donna Walker-Kuhne, the Director of Walker International Communications Group, NYC.

"Since 2008 we have empowered cultural leaders to observe, engage and share in their respective organisation their knowledge with cultural institutions in New York City”, Walker-Kuhne said.

“You cannot ignore or understand New York unless you immerse yourself in the life-force of the creative ecology which makes this one of the most exhilarating cities in the world,” says Fotis Kapetopoulos, the Director of Kape Communications Pty Ltd (Melbourne, Australia).

Bite the Big Apple! Creative Ecology Tour of New York™ provides a rare opportunity for professionals to engage with New York City creative ecology.

Over 100 Alumni have already met with over forty-eight of New York's leading arts professionals (view list).

This unique program is open to a limited number of people. Appropriate candidates are chosen based on suitability.

For more information on Bite the Big Apple! Creative Ecology Tour of New York™ please contact Kape Communications;

Fotis Kapetopoulos, Director

Dorothy Kapetopoulos, Program Manager

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour™ was founded in 2007 by Kape Communications Pty Ltd, and supported by Donna Walker-Kuhne, Director of New York City based Walker International Communications Group Inc.

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View the BtBA! list of New York arts professionals and institution met since 2008.
[ Photo: Brooklyn Musuem, 2014. ]

[ Photo: Queens Museum, 2009. ]

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