A recent establishment for the local community is located just a few miles from Monmouth, in Independence: Ash Creek Arts Center, named for Ash Creek that runs through both towns. As a non-profit arts center, it has many services offered to the community, some at low but reasonable costs. This addition to the neighborhood is providing art classes and workshops, art exhibitions, readings and musical performances, studio space, a community kitchen and kiln, and a writer’s residency program. It’s intended to cater to all art forms and everyone who lives in the community.
The addition of the Ash Creek Arts Center to our local Monmouth-Independence community is an exciting event. Creativity and passion for the arts isWOU’s own graphic design class received the opportunity to design and showcase a logo for the center for community vote. Each design incorporated the center’s initials: ACAC, each with a unique spin and artful invention to catch attention and represent the purpose of the ACAC, including their slogan: Investigate, Educate, Create. Students applied research on identity design, our region, and art organizations in general in order to create an accurate but tasteful logo. The voting took place on February 27 among students, teachers, artists, and other members of the community. Logo designs were diverse and artistic, allowing for the voting members to have multiple options that were all aesthetically pleasing. The design that took first place was designed by Casey Lloyd Dias. His design was more abstract than some of the other options, but that gave it the unique artistic appeal for an art center. In Casey’s words, “the ACAC logo represents the coming together of two communities in order to create art. The two halves of the logo fit together like puzzle pieces, complementing and balancing each other.” His simple shapes reflect the initials of the art center, but also represent “both modern art and the first bold strokes of the youthful mind.” Casey was also very mindful of his color selection as well, for color placement in art is hardly ever unintentional or without purpose. His “use of the color red can represent both warmth as well as excitement, and the secondary use of blue is representative of both serenity and elegance.”
The addition of the Ash Creek Arts Center to our local Monmouth-Independence community is an exciting event. Creativity and passion for the arts is slowly slipping out of mind in our busy business world. The new and continued relationship and cooperation of ACAC and WOU is one to be happily anticipated and appreciated in years to come.