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We are very pleased to announce the Call for Session Proposals for ACA's 2013 International Conference in New England!

To be considered as a potential presenter for the ACA 2013 International Conference, please submit your proposal with the following in mind.

Conference Goal

To offer participants an opportunity to learn, observe, and engage in the art, craft, practice, and experience of creativity. Presenters and participants will learn from each other through interaction that has a focus on addressing the real challenges and opportunities facing our business, nonprofit, governmental, educational, and artistic/cultural sectors.

Conference Theme: Creativity for Sale

So you’re creative. Now what? How do you plan to pay the rent? This year's theme "Creativity for Sale" invites us to explore the role of convergence in creativity, the best practices and effective models of the creative process that have been developed over the years, and welcomes the opportunity to learn from each other. At ACA 2013 we will explore how creative people and their ideas can be branded more effectively, sharing insights on how creatives and the products of their efforts can be promoted to result in economic and other benefits. We are inviting proposals for sessions addressing what works, what doesn’t, and what questions remain to be answered when living a creative life.

Proposals should address the role of creativity in one or more of the following areas:

  • Productivity in changing environments
  • Defining problems in the context of change
  • Creative identification of opportunities
  • Selecting beneficial tools and techniques
  • Advantageous team-building processes
  • Applied creative leadership

Sessions are expected to appeal to creative professionals and present new information to conference attendees. Participants should be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the session to their work in areas such as business development, education, marketing, science, new product development, training, academia, and the arts. Sessions may demonstrate existing processes in new circumstances or may introduce original research in the field of creativity.

Seeking presentations reflecting conference theme and applicability to “Classic” and new models for creativity and problem solving (Osborn-Parnes, Synectics, TRIZ, lateral thinking, whole brain, Kepner Tregoe, Value Engineering, etc.) or the repertoire of practical strategies and techniques for creative problem solving and its application to real-world situations.

Additional Information

  • Session length may be 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 3-hour workshop.
  • Sessions should be designed for information sharing—not as commercials for products or services.

The deadline for proposal submission to ACA 2013 in New England is April 15, 2013. Submit proposals electronically at

Selection Criteria

  • Received by proposal deadline
  • Correspondence to the theme
  • Potential to attract and stimulate conference attendees
  • Clarity of proposal content and presentation methods, especially session’s learning objectives
  • Originality and creativity in content and format
  • Potential for practical application
  • Relevance to current trends and issues and appropriateness for international audience
  • Presenter’s expertise and experience

Benefits and Costs of Presenting

ACA expects presenters to benefit from sharing their expertise with a wide audience. To ensure that the conference is affordable for both presenters and attendees, ACA offers a lowest-possible price for all on a per-day basis: $125 for one-day, $225 for two days. This includes entrance to all general and concurrent sessions, conference materials, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks with great snacks. Friday evening’s lobster and wine reception, a great social and networking event, is included with a Friday one-day and the full two-day conference registrations.

Deadline for Submission

April 15, 2013

Notification of Acceptance

May 1, 2013

Conference Dates

July 26 & 27, 2013 at the University of Southern Maine.

American Creativity Association - Call for Papers: New England

Published in News and Events
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:54

Dr Raquel Chapin Stephenson


Dr. Raquel Stephenson is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Lesley University’s Art Therapy Program, Core Faculty in the Ph.D. Expressive Therapies program, and Faculty Fellow in Lesley’s Institute for the Arts in Health. She was a 2010/2011 Fulbright Scholar to Estonia, where she taught in the Department of Applied Creativity at Tallinn University and continues to teach periodically as a visiting guest lecturer. She is adjunct faculty at New York University. Dr. Stephenson is a board certified, registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT).

Committed to improving the lives of older adults through the arts, Dr. Stephenson’s clinical work and research has focused on a wide spectrum of older populations. She was the founder, clinical supervisor and program director of New York University’s Creative Aging Therapeutic Services - a community-based program that provided art therapy to well older adults and those with dementia. She also worked on the geriatric psychiatry unit at St. Luke’s hospital in New York City, and with programs for individuals with HIV/AIDS. She presents her work on the intersection of arts and aging and consults with emerging clinical art therapy programs nationally and internationally. She designed and implemented the first creative arts therapy program for older adults with dementia in Estonia.

Dr. Stephenson serves on the National Advisory Council and Program Advisory Committee of Arts for the Aging in Rockville, MD, and the Advisory Council of the Art Therapy Outreach Center in New York City. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the international journal, Creativity and Human Development. Dr. Stephenson is involved with the American Art Therapy Association, having served on the Educational Program Review Board and Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.


Published in The Editorial Board
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:21

Dr Jonathan Eakle

Jonathan Eakle was awarded his PhD by the University of Georgia, USA. He is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education where he teaches cultural studies and advises doctoral students. His research addresses conceptual and practical uses of literacies in classrooms and out-of-school settings, particularly in museums.

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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:13

Dr Christopher Barlow

Chris Barlow is a researcher, consultant, professor, and author who has been involved in the management and teaching of team creativity and strategic thinking for more than thirty years.  His expertise and experience focuses on the effectiveness of cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams addressing complex goals such as corporate strategy, organizational design, product development, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 10:50

Anthony Hyatt

Anthony Hyatt is a violinist and multimedia performance artist from the Washington DC area whose interest is in the role and use of improvisation techniques in the creative process. He is a teaching-artist working with many human service organizations including the non-profit, Arts for the Aging, under whose auspices he leads creative engagement programs at senior centers and for whom he co-directs the senior citizen dance improvisation company known as Quicksilver.

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