The 10 Most Artistic Mid-Sized Cities in America

November 17, 2015

gogobot, by Shelby

We’ve all heard the story of a dreamer packing up and moving to the big city to become an artist. It’s easy to believe that you have to go to a metropolis like New York City or Los Angeles to find a decent art scene, but that simply isn’t true. These days there are plenty of mid-sized towns that have vibrant art scenes. We set out to find out which ones were the most artistic.

  1. Richmond, VA
  2. Boise, ID
  3. Ann Arbor, MI
  4. Dayton, OH
  5. Pasadena, CA
  6. Santa Rosa, CA
  7. Ventura, CA
  8. Tacoma, WA
  9. Burbank, CA
  10. Berkeley, CA

1. Richmond, VA.

The people of Richmond aren’t just passionate patrons of the arts, their love is both deep and wide. Richmond topped our list in terms of museums and performance venues, making it an excellent destination for both live and static art. If you appreciate seeing original works by master painters, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see. The spacious museum has a collection of over 22,000 pieces from artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol.

If you prefer to watch artists perform, you can catch shows at a variety of Richmond venues. At the beautiful and spacious Carpenter Theatre, you can watch a ballet troupe or symphony. For a more intimate experience, the Gottwald Playhouse allows you to observe the look in an actor’s eyes as they play their part.

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A Grumpy Tree Ornament Reconnects With Wonder in Oreo's Holiday Spot

November 16, 2015

Editor's Pick, Creativity, By Alexandra Jardine

Oreo continues its Wonderfilled campaign through The Martin Agency with a cute, and funny, holiday spot featuring a decidedly jaded tree decoration. As the cross-looking elf lies around waiting to be put on the tree, his fellow ornaments whimiscally "wonder what's inside the holidays," but he's grumpy, asking "why's December always dark" and "what's in all those presents anyways?" However, it takes an Oreo cookie to bring the magic of Christmas back and get his holiday spirit started. Grinches, take note.

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"Unskippable" Takes Home 4 Gold LIAs

November 11, 2015

The GEICO “Unskippable” work took home 4 gold awards from LIA (formerly known as London International Advertising Awards) this week.

Judged by a jury of approximately 100 creatives from around the world, LIA was the first international accolade of its kind to honor advertising.

This year, John Mescall (Global ECD, McCann Worldgroup), led the jury in the category of TV, Cinema, and Online Film.

The “Unskippable” work was honored in 4 of the divisions within this category. The long-form “Family” spot took home gold in Humour, Banking/Financial/Insurance, and Innovative Use of TV/Cinema/Online Film, while the collection of “Unskippable” pre-roll spots won gold for overall campaign.

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Oreo Gets Into the Trend of Adult Coloring With Holiday Packaging You Can Draw On

November 09, 2015

Adweek, by Tim Nudd

If you weren't aware, coloring books for adults are enjoying a bit of a renaissance—as they offer a playful framework for both creativity and anxiety/stress reduction. And brands, of course, are picking up on the trend.

Last week, we looked at Barnes & Noble's plan to have a giant coloring session in its stores this coming Saturday. And now, Oreo is getting into the action with colorable packaging for the holidays—its inaugural foray into the e-commerce direct-to-consumer space.

Starting in mid-November, the "Wonderfilled" Mondelez brand will be offering "Colorfilled" Oreo packs for sale at a new Oreo site, The packs will feature exclusive illustrated designs from artists Jeremyville and Timothy Goodman. You just color them in digitally—using a palette of colors as well as some bits of "seasonal flair." When you're done, the packs will be shipped to you. (They will cost $15 each.)

If you're more of a traditional kind of colorer, you can also buy blank packs that come with markers so you can physically color them in at home. Other items for sale will include T-shirts featuring the artists' designs with fabric markers for coloring.

The "Colorfilled" campaign is for the holidays only. The Martin Agency and Maya Design were among the agencies that worked on the campaign.

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"Unskippable" Wins Shots Online Film of the Year

November 06, 2015

shots Awards Winners 2015: The Work

Published on 6th November 2015

GEICO's "Unskippable" work took home the Gold in Online Film of the Year at last night's Shots Awards ceremony in London. Winners were initially nominated by the shots editorial team before going on to be judged by a professional panel of industry experts from the global advertising community.

The Online Film of the Year category was judged by a panel of six: Murray Butler (Framestore New York), Falk Florian Eumann (Caviar Digital), Ben Liam Jones (Mustard London), PJ Pereira (Pereira & O'Dell San Francisco), Rob Pierre (Jellyfish Agency London), and Nick Turner (Razorfish).

The Silver Award went to Honda for their "The Other Side" work (W+K London), and Bronze to Harvey Nichols for "Freebies" (adam&eveDDB London).

Judge Rob Pierre commented on the innovative execution of the GEICO pre-roll -- "Great, humorous video. I felt compelled to watch it to the end. Overcomes the challenge related to skip-able ads brilliantly."

We couldn't agree more.

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Craig Robinson Reworks Christmas Songs for Walmart Shoppers in Holiday Spots

November 06, 2015

Editor's Pick: Creativity, By Alexandra Jardine.

Comedian Craig Robinson entertains Walmart shoppers with some new versions of classic Christmas songs in the retailer's holiday campaign. The first two ads communicate a money-off offer when you open a Walmart credit card, as well as Walmart's shopping app, with Robinson explaining how Walmart can help to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." There are more to come, and we look forward to seeing which other tunes he has up his sleeve.

The ads are by The Martin Agency and are directed by Brian Aldrich at Furlined.

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