The last year has muddled the difference between “homespace” and “workspace.” Many of our workspaces have moved home, so is there even a difference?
Regardless of this question, there is still value in decorating the spaces that you occupy. Personality and warmth make one feel like he or she is safe and at home. Decoration and the spaces we occupy influence our psychology and can even change our biology. According to Psychology Today, an absence of light, alters a person’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is a series of patterns that inform our sleep-wake cycle. The disruption of this can produce “delirium and cognitive confusion.” Additionally, colors have the ability to influence the outcomes of our mood. One example is that yellow has the potential to “boost one’s mood and create a sense of optimism.” Alternatively, blue, and its various hues, can calm a person. Other colors like red or orange evoke discomfort and grab attention. A fusion of colors together can even prompt feelings of heat.
The best ways to incorporate color into your space is by visiting some of the country’s best art festivals. Check out this list to bring some life to your white walls – and maybe induce a little happiness while you’re at home or in your cubicle.
August 6th, 2021 – August 8th, 2021
Park City’s Historic Main Street
“The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is not only one of the top ranked art festivals in the country & Kimball Art Center’s largest fundraiser. This three-day event allows us to continue, and further, our mission of providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone, all year long.”
Glencoe, Illinois – Virtual
“The American Craft Exposition (ACE) is one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, bringing together over 100 superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork.”
Muskegon, Michigan – July 26 & 27, 2021
The mission of the festival is “to create a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable art event showcasing the Muskegon Lakeshore. Feature a juried fine art show, craft fair, artisan food market, performing arts, interactive art and children’s activities. Attract visitors, artists and craftspeople from across the country and enhance the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness.”
Des Moines, Iowa – June 25 – 27, 2021
“Eleven-time winner of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), the outdoor festival celebrating arts and culture attracts more than 200,000 people each year to its downtown location in Iowa’s capital city and largest metropolitan area.”
Chicago, Illinois – July 10 – 11, 2021
“Festival fans will visit the beautiful tree-lined streets of the picturesque neighborhood. Just steps away from the friendly margins of Wrigley Field, the two-day festival will showcase some of the city’s best and most diverse artists. Southport Art Fest will put numerous art forms including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media at center stage all weekend long.”
Art is something that inspires people and there is not better way to get inspired than by exploring the works of creators and visionaries across the country, all at once. Happy festival-ing!