Expose Your Children to The Arts: 2013 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival


WInter Park Autumn Art Festival Poster, 2013. Created by Stephen Bach. Provided by winterpark.org event website.


The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce presents the 40th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival on October 12th through October 13th, located in Central Park of the downtown Winter Park, FL area. The Art Festival is a great opportunity to engage with your local community and support the work of Florida artists by coming out and having a great time.

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only competitive festival to showcase solely Floridian artists.  Categories of art included will be ceramics, drawing and graphics, fiber, fine crafts, jewelry, and paintings of all media. The festival will also feature live music and entertainment provided by various bands and orchestral groups.

For families with small children, this event is perfect for exposing kids to the arts. Not only can children be inspired by the work of other artists, but The Crealdé School of Art will feature free arts workshops for children ages 5 and up to explore their own creativity. From 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, children can work with clay building, oil pastels, colored markers and pencils. The best part about the festival is the entire event is free for everyone to enjoy.

“Introducing children to art as young as possible is vitally important because the younger the child, the more uninhibited their imagination and creativity. If you can instill in them a love of art while their creativity and imagination knows no bounds, then you’ve hooked them for life,” stated Jan Hurt, Registrar and Office Manager for the Crealdé School of Art.

Official posters, tote bags, t-shirts and other merchandise of the Autumn Art Festival will be available to purchase during the two-day festival. A portion of the proceeds from official merchandise will be donated to Central Florida Veteran’s Memorial Park Foundation.

Come out and enjoy this wonderful FREE event. Bring your children out to this event; expose them to creative workshops and the masterpieces of other artists.


Additional Details:

Event: The 40th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

Date: Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 251 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Note: Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles, but side street parking is also available.

Barbie doll heads packaged as meat shows a strong display of objectification. Source: Flickriver

Accepting New-Era Objectification: Is this the end-all? (Audio Story)

It seems that sexual objectification has come to a rising plateau in the era of 2013. Now more than ever, Americans may readily accept overly sexualized advertisements more so than they would have years ago.

Although this may come across more as a mindless behavior, we have been programmed to accept this kind of behavior. The fact that no one has ever told us any different plays a big part in the acceptance of objectification.

Barbie doll heads packaged as meat shows a strong display of objectification. Source: Flickriver

Barbie doll heads packaged as meat shows a strong display of objectification. Source: Flickriver

Aleshia Highland, an alumni of Virgina State University and public relations guide and Monique Mason, an instructor at Full Sail University and entertainment promoter shared their opinions on objectification in this audio story. Highland is the first speaker, while Mason shares her opinion second.

Moreover, advertisements run by companies such as American Apparel and Mercedes-Benz display ultra provocative images to market their products. These ads are funneled through into everyday society and were too racy to post on this blog, but you can view them in the link above. Although the average person may not even be alarmed at the content of some theses ads, they are put right in front of our faces just like text books are put in front of school children.

In a thesis entitled, The Objectification of Women in Mass Media: Female Self-Image in Misogynist Culture, by Stephanie Berberick, University of Buffalo, she talks about the effects that objectification has on today’s society and culture. Could the dramatic increases in plastic surgery procedures have a direct correlation to the increase in objectification acceptance?

The infographic, also available interactively, shows the increase in plastic surgery trends from 2000 to 2009: Increases in Plastic Surgery Procedures from 2000 to 2009

  • 132% increase in buttock lifts
  • 65% increase in breast lifts
  • 36% increase in breast augmentation surgery
  • 84% increase in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • 4,184% increase in lower body lifts
  • 4,191% increase in arm lifts



Orlando Fringe Festival 2013

2013 Orlando Fringe Festival

The Orlando Fringe festival is a two week long cultural extravaganza with about 600 theatre, music and dance performances all held in Orlando’s beautiful Loch Haven Park, to document an amazing display of arts and music in the Orlando community, bringing the community together.

The best part about Orlando Fringe is 100% of the tickets sales goes directly towards the artist or performer. The 14-day festival even features a party right on the park with a wide variety food trucks serving anything you could ask for from Kettle corn to Greek food. Guests can even enjoy free live music with performances right on the lawn or on the stage.

Not only is the Orlando Fringe festival great for adults to have fun, but it is also a great place for families to come out and spend bonding time together. The expression of art is very important in a child’s life, as it may prevent them from getting into violence.

Harry Thomas, director of the Seattle Housing Authority said, “when children express themselves through dance or the power of their voices, they may no longer need a broken window, a can of spray paint or a gun to make their point,” according to How U.S. Communities are Using the Arts to Rescue Their Youth and Deter Crime.

Script:  (For personal use only) 

In Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, over 600 performances take place in the various surrounding museums in a 14-day festival  from May 15- May 28.

The Mennello Museum of American Art has children’s arts and activities on weekends while the festival unleashes the concept of “100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, and art to all types and ages.” Not to mention that 100% of the profits goes towards the performing artist.

With almost any type of food to satisfy your liking, the park even features a food truck park and live music for everyone to come out and enjoy, even if you don’t make it to a show.

Fringe festivals were first started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 and have now been a part of Orlando’s community for 22 years as a diverse celebration, bringing the community together.

Matthew "MTech" Bernard

Matt “MTech” Bernard: Raising the bar of music

At a young age Matthew Bernard stands as a promising producer and traveling musician, who has been fond of music since he was a child playing for the pure love of it, he has done more in his life than most can say.

Starting production at the age of twelve by recording with a two-track Casio keyboard and a vocal recorder, Bernard never stopped from there. Taking on the world and “never saying no,” he continues to create great music with a mature, creative mindset. Bernard also works with recording industry producer, Troy Taylor, who is also his musical mentor.

According to Academia.edu the average age of a musician at their peak is 24 years. That leaves little room for new musicians who did not start early on in life. Bernard, on the other hand, can use his age to his advantage; starting early and progressing forward with time. Since 1999, the employment of musicians has declined a steep 41%, according to the U. S. department of Labor.  Although the facts are true, Bernard is one of the few that can say his career has already begun and is successful—and he is only 19.

Bernard portrays an inspirational and humble light about himself, spreading it to everyone he meets. Being so young and accomplishing so much, the excuses we think of to avoid our dreams should become obsolete.

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