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Art, Music, & Pop Culture: act

The role of artists in society has always been important. Artists raise awareness about social issues and are often the register of the times. They can reinforce the status quo or they can serve as a catalyst for change. Popular Culture often illuminates where we are all are as a people and a species. We invite critical essays and thinking on art of all types today in the US and abroad.

Art, Music, & Pop Culture Events

Allied Media Conference
Host: Allied Media Projects
Dates: June 19 – 22, 2014
Location: Detroit, MI
At the AMC, we understand media as any way in which we communicate with the world, from zines to breakdancing, to designing neighborhood-based communications infrastructure. We share and create media that exposes, investigates, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to design and build our own.  In doing so, we redefine technology’s role and impact in our lives. The AMC creates learning environments for all ages and skill levels, including hands-on workshops, strategy sessions, presentations and performances.

Art Therapy: Trailblazing the Future
Host: The American Art Therapy Association
Dates: July 9-13, 2014
Location: San Antonio, TX
The theme of the 45th Annual Conference, Art Therapy: Trailblazing the Future, will focus on the latest innovations in art therapy practice and cutting-edge research in the field. The conference will provide a forum for attendees to visualize what the future of art therapy can look like for both the therapist and the client. Presentations will bring together the latest theories and methods that demonstrate how art therapists can grow, become energized, and promote the profession of art therapy in a competitive environment.

The 7th International Art of Management and Organization Conference
Host: The Department of Organization and the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
Dates: August 28-31, 2014
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
The theme of the conference is “Creativity and Design”. Creativity to keep the continuity of the conference as creativity has always been both a theme and a characteristic of the Art of Management and Organization Conference. At the same time the 2014 conference likes to highlight design, and the interrelation between creativity and design. The interrelation to focus upon both the design of creativity, as some kind of structure often is needed to sparkle or create creativity (e.g. the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier), and the creative design to underline that the idea of design is not purely rational but also a creative process in arts, industries and organizations.

Location Aesthetics 13th ELIA Conference
Host: The European League of Institutes of the Arts
Dates: 13-15 November 2014
Location: Glasgow
This year’s conference theme focuses on the relationship between the creative and the city and the dynamic interplay between place, culture, creativity and the artist.  Recognising that the arts are both the most local and the most international of activities – proud of their traditions and identity, but at their most exciting when they break down barriers and cross borders, LOCATION AESTHETICS will explore the cultural, social and economic role that creative individuals and institutions play in creating and transforming a city, regional or national identity and place in the world.