“Middle School Students Turn Casual Art Into Merchandise At Crate & Barrel”

Cool Program! “Crate and Kids”

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some young, local art students have landed a spot in the “home” section of Crate & Barrel. Their line launches Monday and will be on display in East Falls.

The local non-profit “Fresh Artists” selected a group of 11 talented 5th through 9th graders from schools in Philadelphia, Camden and Norristown about a year and a half ago to work on a bedding line with designers from Crate and Barrel.

“It’s called Crate and Kids,” said Fresh Artists Founder Barbara Allen.

Allen says the idea was to show kids how doing fun stuff like art can turn into a job. On Monday night, they and their families will see the finished product.

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Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600000 outdoor art near USF med school

A rendering shows what the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will look like when completed in 2019. Developers are seeking artists and designs for a large piece of public art between the medical school building and a new office building planned next door. [Rendering courtesy of the USF Health]

Water Street Tampa called Wednesday for artists to send in their ideas for a big piece of public art for the outdoor plaza between one of the $3 billion project’s office buildings and the new University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

The art should reflect Water Street Tampa’s focus on health, the environment, science and medicine, said Strategic Property Partners, the joint venture between Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment capital fund.

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Need A Creative Idea In 10 Minutes? Play With The Stuff On Your Desk

If there’s one prerequisite to creativity, Birsel believes it’s a sense of fun, a “playful spirit,” unlike the mind-set that rote or analytical tasks usually demand. “When you’re in a playful mode, you’re less of afraid of making mistakes and you’re less judgmental, which is really key to any creative endeavor. That little voice in your head that says, ‘Well that’s a bad idea!’–it’s the worst possible friction to creativity.”

By playing with the stuff on your desk for 10 minutes, “You’re not trying to prove that you’re the most creative person in the room,” she adds, you’re just trying to silence that voice and start having fun.

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The best design, art & animation events in 2018: Exhibitions, conferences, festivals & more

Looking for something to do in 2018?  Here are some ideas from Digital Arts Online

We’ve started to bring together the best events and shows for creatives from around the UK – and a few major ones you might want to consider booking a trip to.

We’ve included exhibitions to inspire you, conferences to help build your skills and trade shows to learn about the latest technology that could help you push your work into new areas. We’ll be updating throughout the year as more events are announced, so keep checking back.

We kick off with 11 exhibitions, conferences, classes and festivals, starting with illustrator Sam Gilbey’s (work seen here) live art class in London.

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Top 10 Design Hotels in London

An insider’s guide to the Top Design Hotels in London, featuring the best for eclectic interiors, striking artwork, luxurious rooms, and spectacular lobbies, in locations including Soho, Kensington, and Shoreditch perfect to stay and visit London Design Festival.

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