CArtsCon 2017: Art for Change

Warnborough College sponsors the Fourth Annual Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon) will take place from the evening of 18 July through 21 July 2017. This year’s conference theme is “Art for Change”.

Call for Proposals! We are looking for presenters and films. Check out the submission guidelines, and participate!

Like previous CArtsCon conferences, this year’s theme is another conundrum. “Change” is typically seen as making something different, developing it, and/or moving it from one place or state to another. But “change” can also refers to lose coins—the few pennies we have left over—or to money in general.

Therefore, the topic for CArtsCon 2017 will fuse these concepts into a lively debate:

  • Can art drive change (or movement or development)?
  • Can and how is art created for very little money?
  • Is art created with a substantial “piece of change” (a lot of money) also worthwhile?
  • And…how do we create powerful arts movements with or without significant funds? How does money factor into the overall process?

Some of the sub-topics the Conference on the Arts will examine will include (but not be limited to):

  • The ways in which the arts can be used as a driver for change
  • Using the arts to educate and transform society
  • The reciprocal dialogue between the arts and reality
  • Techniques employed to motivate, educate, inform, and persuade
  • The power of various art forms to create awareness and thought (including theatre, film, dance, writing, visual arts, etc.)
  • Ethical considerations for the arts
  • The psychology behind making “art for change” (on the multiple theme levels)
  • Cost considerations when making art
  • Amazing works of art made for very little expenditure
  • Amazing works of art made for very great expenditure. Are they justified?
  • Historical cases and examples of art for change
  • The intersection of the desire for change and reality. How, why, and when does it happen
  • The evolving lexicon of visual idioms in the contexts of social, personal, and artistic change
  • Methodologies needed to address the changing arts disciplines
  • How to create essential changes—even a revolution—in academic method, and bring about new ways of teaching the humanities, historiography, and the arts
  • The business of creating art and the ways in which it is impacted by “change” (on all levels of the theme)
  • How to plan and budget arts projects to maximize the potential of available funds
  • Contemporary challenges in sponsorship, funding, and/or curatorship, as these relate to change
  • Art as rebellion

These and other sub-topics will be explored through a variety of tracks. The tracks will include: Visual Presentations; Arts Workshops; Academic Papers; Creative Writing; A Short Film Festival; Art History Classes; Art Demos; Round Table Discussions; and, an Art Exhibit.

Target conference participants include:

Artists in all arts disciplines and media; academics, archivists, historians, curators, guides, students, researchers, curriculum planners, policy makers, photographers, and professionals in the fields of media, education, arts, music, humanities, science, and social sciences; Financial professionals working in arts and arts related fields.

Click to see photos and videos of WCCA 2015.
Click here to see photos and videos of WCCA 2014.