Art & Psyche is an unincorporated organization whose mission is to encourage the articulation of the symbolic essence of art in its many forms. Through conferences, presentations and the publishing of papers it provides cross-disciplinary educational experiences with a depth psychological understanding to both members of the psychotherapeutic community and those in the art world.

In 2008 our highly successful first conference Art and Psyche: Reflections on Image was held in San Francisco and focused on visual art. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Jung Institute, the von Waveran Foundation and the International Association of Analytical Psychology, it brought together artists, sculptors, animators, architects, curators, analysts, expressive arts therapists, and psychotherapists of all kinds from around the world.

In July 2012 the second conference was held in New York: Art and Psyche in the City, engaging art directly in the city's museums and public places alongside the conference presentations that took place at New York University who was a co-sponsor. Other supporting partners for the event were the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York, the International Association of Analytical Psychology and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. For this conference the scope was expanded to include theatre, dance and music along with the visual arts.

Papers, presentations, art, images and music from these first two conferences can be found on the ARAS Online Newsletter ARAS Connections at aras.org. This wealth of information, reflection and beauty is available to all who seek the website. The online medium brings together a fundamental value of inclusivity for all interested in our project, and it is a way of joining our virtual, emergent community.

We are very excited to announce our next conference September 2-6 in Siracusa, Sicily. The theme is

Art and Psyche in Sicily
Layers and Liminality

We are again encouraging artists of all kinds along with anyone interested in depth psychology, to join us for papers, art events, workshops to be held in a hotel by the sea and also in the Greek Theatre and the Archaeological Museum. Translations between Italian and English will be offered for this truly cross-cultural event.

One night a Dreamover will be offered where participants can sleep in an ancient site with the opportunity to talk about their dreams as they wake, with a trained dream analyst. A light breakfast will be offered.