Art & Design

A senior looking at art pictures

Milwaukee Arts Welcomes Seniors the seniors of Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Milwaukee.  The members who are not receiving full long term care got to experience local art on their day out.  These residents are not using their long term care insurance policies because although they live in the assisted living, they still maintain their independence and were able to make the trip to the Arts Festival.

Experiencing art for seniors of are getting close to needing long term care has been scientifically proven to keep the mind sharp and slow the effects of Alzheimer’s.  The seniors who made the trip from the long term care facility spent the day painting, clay molding, singing, playing instruments and had such a wonderful day.

I actually met several of the seniors myself and learned a lot about a segment of the population that’s often forgotten.  I learned that they often don’t get out the long term care insurance facility to see Art of this was such a breath of fresh air for the group.  Ed Rollins, the patriarch of the facility, said that he actually heard about this Art Festival from a financial rep who gave a seminar to the family members of the residents on long term care insurance.  The reps wife was actually a head volunteer of the arts festival and gave the residents free tickets.  What a great time the long term care residents had and we can’t wait to come back next year.

For those comparing assisted living facilities or other long term care insurance plans a site called Compare Long Term Care has some good resources to check out.

Art room

Arts and culture-related industries provide direct economic growth for the state and local communities. They are important complements to community development and enriching local amenities. Arts and culture create job opportunities and also stimulates local economies through consumer purchases and tourism. Tourism centered on culture and arts contribute greatly to state economic growth by providing attracting revenues. This creative sector attracts young talented workers to participate in the contemporary workforce. Here are some ways on how the state can incorporate arts and culture for state economic development.

Understand your states cultural industries

Every state should measure its creative economy. For a better understanding about the economic benefit of these creative industries the state can map their cultural and art assets. This includes maintaining arts industry data and performing an ongoing inventory of art assets. Performing an ongoing inventory helps to gauge the contribution of art and culture on a state’s economy. This enables them to maintain important data on arts and culture that can be used to inform state economic development strategies. The collected data is used in formulating local economic development, tourism initiatives, and coordinate cultural development efforts. Creative industries are so important in states and local economic development and since this impact is always underestimated special attention should be devoted to them.

Develop strategies to support culture and art sectors

A state should adopt specific programs or initiatives designed to advance economic growth through arts. This can be achieved through the following essential parts of state arts infrastructure:

  • Supporting individual entrepreneurs-Individual artists are important producers in any state’s cultural economy. To support their role states are using small grants to encourage creative individuals, entrepreneurs, and career advancement among artists. This artist entrepreneurial grant offers the opportunity for artists to improve their business acumen.
  • Public-private partnerships-States partnership with any key area industries will increase their capacity to develop a creative workforce. Many local –levels successes suggests that such strategies are promising since they provide technical assistance in areas such as planning and marketing. This fosters significant growth in the country’s cultural sector.
  • Target specific sectors- States have identified various creative industries that offer significant economic growth. They include film, crafts, design and environmental arts. This help in adopting different strategies such as training programs, to encourage growth in the industry.
  • Strengthen the nonprofit arts and cultural infrastructure-Most non-profits serves as incubators, training, education or planning services for entrepreneurs and creative businesses. As the state tries to foster economic growth in the arts they should ensure that the nonprofits have the capacity to contribute to the economic development.

Include the art and culture into statewide planning

After analyzing cultural assets states should use that information to devise the economic benefits to the creative industries on a statewide basis. Such strategies will identify new opportunities and reveal potential partners to further art-driven economic development in the state. Here are the key elements of a good planning process:

  • Seek input from stakeholders-This includes identifying the right people to lead to the
Principle of art and design

There are different elements used in artwork and design. These elements improve the visual quality of your work thus creating market. Art and design are improving each day as technology continues to advance the more reason why you should improve on your art elements to meet most customer’s needs. Here are some elements and principles of art and design.


Lines are used to outline, create shading, decorate and direct the viewer’s eye. Lines can be hard, sharp, and geometric; they can also be organic, soft, loopy, wavy or flowing. Lines can remain in a constant thickness or vary thickness along their length. Gestural lines shout the force and emotion put in their making. As artists are trying to capture their subject to display interest or character they use more confident lines. Lines divide the space they are in and they can be united to tie elements together.


Color is the visible spectrum of radiation reflected from an object .There is three properties of color in art and design:

  • Brightness-The darkness or lightness of a color can be used to depict shadow and light on a color and show its form.
  • Intensity-The purity of the color can be either bright more neutral or intense.
  • Hue-The name of the color.

There are different color harmonies that are used in art and design such like complementary and monochromatic.


This is the difference between in quality two instances of an element which can be in texture, shape or even color. Contrast plays a great role in artwork since the greater the contrast the more an item calls for attention. In some cases contrast is used to set the mood of the work. Low contrast shows the work is calm or soothing while high contrast shows a more vibrant work.

Harmony and unity

Harmonious elements have a logical relationship which creates unity. Using harmonious similarities and closure of design elements in different parts of the work for the parts to relate to each other creates a unified whole greater than the sum of the parts. This creates a meaningful assortment of elements.


Value is the independent of the color of an element. Using limited range of values sets the mood of the piece and can make it more pleasing. Work where only the bright and very dark colors are used can be bold and stark. Works with mostly dark colors are called low key and are used to create a sense secretive of things hidden from sight. Works with brightly lit subjects and white backgrounds are called high key, they are used in female portrait to convey delicacy or innocence.


This is the distribution of visual weight in a work. If all the interesting elements of a work are centered at one spot the work is off-balance since the viewer will gaze in one place ignoring the rest of the piece. Symmetric is one type of balance where elements of an art are arranged such that they draw the viewer’s …

Art festivals

No longer is the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival called the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. After an issue with the landlord at this location, the festival is now called the Logan Square Arts Festival, as its name and location have been changed.

The festival begins at its new location on the first night in the square of Kedizie, Logan and Milwaukee close to the Illinois Centennial Monument. The festival lasts for the entire weekend and offers a number of things to do and see for festival-goers. In fact, there are more than 30 live bands who perform each year, as well as more than 50 different artists. Food and drink is provided by local vendors and there is definitely something for everyone at this festival.

The president of I Am Logan Square and the Logan Square Arts Festival Director, Geary Yonker, has stated that this change in venue and name are supposed to indicate that this is now an event that represents the entire neighborhood and show that some of the proceeds earned during the festival will go toward restoring the Centennial Monumen.

During the festival, people can enjoy music, art and food between the hours of 5PM and 10PM on Friday and from 12PM to 10PM on Saturday and Sunday. While there is no admission to get into this festival, it is asked that everyone makes a donation of $5 to help with the planned restoration projects.

Some of the vendors who participate in this even annually include Brewing Revolution, Dark Matter Coffee, The Whistler, THT: The Harding Tavern, Lula CafÈ, Wintrust Logan Square, Comcast, Chloe Wine Collection, Cruzan Rum, Parsonís Chicken & Fish, I Am Logan Square, Logan Square Preservation, DO 312, The Rocking Horse, Crown Liquors, The Owl, Elastic Arts, Beauty & Brawn, Paula Interiors, The Radler, Chiro One, Pinotís Palette, Twisted Scissors, Logan, Shop 1021, WBEZ 91.5, Vocalo 91.1, LoganSquarist and Chirp Radio.

There is no question that this is an even with a rich history that many people in the area love to attend. It features live music, local artists and plenty to eat and drink that makes it appealing to virtually any and every one. In fact, this event is not only a popular destination for locals, it also attracts festival goers from neighboring towns and states.

While Chicago has more than a few things to do each day, this festival is one that is looked forward to throughout the year. It offers individuals an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company, great live music and try out local food and drink vendors. Not to mention, a number of the local businesses set up booths where they offer coupons and other free products for those who go to the festival. This is a fun even for people of all ages and something you should definitely check out if you have never been!…