April 28 – 29 Initiatives in Art and Culture takes a wide-ranging look at gold in its sixth conference devoted to this extraordinary metal.

Excerpt from Initiatives in Art and Culture:
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Jewelry is the lens through which we focus our examination. The emotional power of jewelry incorporating gold is due as much to the metal itself as to the artistry of the piece. The quality of the metal and its value has long been assured by a specialized professional community, one aspect of our inquiry. More recently, the notion of “value” has expanded to reflect the costs of mining, and, we consider as well the journey toward universal adoption of ethical sourcing and transparency. We then look to how leading retailers of gold jewelry and other objects work their magic. Successful retailing relies on a nuanced understanding of the consumer and reaching him or her in ways both traditional and novel. But at the end of the day, the consumer must find objects  both beautiful and valuable, differentiated and new. Creating these objects requires art, and art requires artists. Artists require mentors, and we address the criticality of mentorship and education to the future of gold jewelry. Creating the differentiated and the new increasingly demands more than art, however, and we thus explore new technologies such as CAD and 3-D printing that allow production on demand and greater precision in the creative process.

Sixth Annual Gold Conference 
Thursday, April 28 – Friday, April 29, 2016
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)
New York, NY

Special early-bird rates through March 21, 2016
$175 each for 2 when registering simultaneously or $250 for 1 (in lieu of $350)
Student rate (with ID): $100

Register online: https://iacgold2016.eventbrite.com or call 646-485-1952
For additional information: Call: +1 646-485-1952 or email: info@artinitiatives.com