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News Blog - The Real Art news blog delivers everything you ever wanted to know about our projects and people. Plus up-to-the-minute announcements, accolades and anything fun that’s worth a mention.


Creative Works


A couple of weekends ago, two Real Arters ventured to Memphis to attend the Creative Works Conference, a three-day exploration into the roles and challenges of the creative community. The lineup included presentations and events featuring a range of designers, illustrators, storytellers, and other creative professionals. Here are the top takeaways that Reka Juhasz brought back to Real Art HQ.

Josh Horton (from Hieroglyph) can put on an amazing conference. Yea sure, it was his baby, and he planned this inaugural even for 10 years, but man—it was awesome. Even weeks after, I still think of some of the things that were said. Sara has already elaborated on a few people but I think 3 more presentations are worth mentioning.

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On October 17, when the doors to the Victoria Theater opened at 9:00 a.m., a group of teen-aged musicians played upbeat jazz on the left side of the stage while another group of high-schoolers feverishly painted as their huge canvas slowly unrolled upward.

I quickly found a seat up front and began watching the students from Stivers School for the Arts perform. As always, I was amazed at the talent of these young artists. But what really struck me was the way the group of at least a dozen painters was working in and around each other in what seemed like a choreographed manner. Just as the individual musicians in the band had to work together to create beautiful music, the artists worked as one to paint their ever-growing mural.

As I reflect back, this was a fitting opening to TEDxDayton 2014. While the official theme was “Explore • Exchange • Excite,” the one central idea that resonated with me through most of the day’s talks was “collaboration.”

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Real Art Welcomes Ben Griffen


Real Art welcomes Ben Griffen as the newest addition to our team. He previously spent time with us as an Intern and is now a Print Designer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Griffen considers himself a lifelong student, and has the desire to continuously explore and develop his skills as a creative communicator.

Griffen graduated this year from the School of Advertising Art. In addition to his degree in Graphic Design, Griffen also has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, where he majored in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking, and minored in Interactive Media Studies.

Griffen has a passion for minimalist design, and enjoys communicating through simple, bold design approaches. He utilizes his experience in conceptual art as a backbone for his design process, concept approaches, and execution.

In 2014, Griffen won four design awards in the GDUSA American Graphic Design Student Awards Competition.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Griffen is excited to contribute to the design community here. He loves exploring his craft and enjoys painting, printmaking, listening to music, and a good cup of coffee.

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Real Art Welcomes Kyle Rarey


Real Art welcomes Kyle Rarey as the newest addition to our team. He is a PHP Developer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Contributing his extensive background in application development and web media to the Real Art DNA, Rarey looks forward to joining the team in building all things kick-ass and never-before-seen.

Rarey joins us from Wright State University, where he spent the past four and a half years in various roles helping the institution redefine its approach to online learning. Rarey holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Wright State University, and attended the Film/Video program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the Visual Communication program at Sinclair Community College here in Dayton.

Rarey loves combining computing and video, utilizing his experience in both worlds to create engaging, interactive experiences. He’s also fascinated by all things web, with special interest in python web frameworks, streaming media, and game development.

When not brushing up on the latest application frameworks and and web media standards, Rarey can be found dabbling in 3D modeling, playing video games, and driving fast cars.

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Play Games. Heal Kids.

Fall is such an exciting time! Everyone’s stoked on pumpkin-flavored-everything, hayrides, and of course Halloween and Thanksgiving. But there’s one more event you may not know about: Extra Life.

On a beautiful autumn Saturday, tens of thousands of gamers join together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture astutely called Extra Life. Originally designed as a 24-hour marathon of gaming for charity, Extra Life has evolved to mean different things to different people, though most participants still attempt the marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital of their choosing. Participants can play anything they want, from console games, to tabletop role-playing games, mobile games, and even sports. Extra Life gives people that love to play a chance to do what they love to save lives and make a difference.

Since its birth in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than 8 million dollars, $4 million of which was raised solely in 2013! This year, in 2014, we’ve already raised over $1.6 million. The event starts October 25th, 2014 at 8am. 

So, where do you come in? 

Maybe you’d like to join in on the fun? Well, you can join an existing team, create your own, or fly solo! It doesn’t matter, as long as you do it “For The Kids.” All you have to do is register. I can tell you that not only is the event fun, but the community is outstanding and you really feel like you’re a part of something huge.  I’ve personally been a participant of Extra Life since 2011, and it’s not just me! I’m a member of an incredible team, too. We call ourselves the Rogues Gallery. Together, we’ve raised over $3,500 since inception. Gaming is a huge part of my life—from playing them, to helping create them, to dressing up as game characters at conventions—and having this chance to do what I love, while simultaneously helping thousands of kids, is the greatest thing.

But what if games aren’t really your thing, and you still want to contribute? All teams and players will be accepting donations until November 30th for this year’s total. You can search the community here.

Aside from joining or donating, however, the most important thing you can do is share. Share Extra Life on all your social media outlets. Spread the word about this incredible event, and what it does for your local CMN hospital. The more people that know about Extra Life, the more participants and money we get. Extra Life even provides some neat social media tools on their website to help you get the word out. You can find the official Extra Life team on Facebook and Twitter, too.

From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all the families and children your efforts benefit, thank you. Without your previous and future support, Extra Life wouldn’t be what it is today. #ForTheKids!

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