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No matter where you go in the Great Lakes Bay Region, you’re right in the flow of great arts and entertainment. Art Wave will help you find it all! Learn more on the ArtWave website at www.artwave.org.


 It’s time to prepare yoArtfest 55ur entry for the 7th annual Artfest 55 festival! If you are between 55 and 105, it’s time to pick up your paint brushes, tune the strings on your guitar or put pen to paper.  Creative 360 is seeking original, imaginative art (visual, performing, and written word) to be read, performed, and displayed.  Link to more information and entry forms.

Give Local Midland LogoCreative 360 is excited to participate in Give Local Midland, a 24-hour online giving event! We wish other participating nonprofits across our region success on Tuesday, May 3!

Upcoming Events

Younce Guitar Duo Concert
Dates: 04/30/2016, Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Younce Guitar DuoCome enjoy this father and son instrumental duo as they create intricate, flowing and rhythmic sonic weavings inspired by Latin, Jazz and World Music. Saturday, April 30 / 8:00 pm / $15 pre-pay, $20 at the door (cash/check discount)

Enjoy a sampling of their music in this video link from their website. 

What people are saying about Younce Guitar Duo:
“Their sets are always so beautifully crafted with intricate melodies that create an intimate experience. Their warm, soulful sound is always accessible and consistently strong and energetic.”  John Dow Williams, Owner of Johnny’s Speakeasy, Ann Arbor

“…..a couple guitar wizards who blitzed our audience with awe inspiring riffs!”  Anthony Williams, Owner Freshwater Concert Venue


Yes We Can! Remembering Mother Tea
Dates: 05/03/2016, Times: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Mom TeapotJoin Linda Z. Smith and Karen Gruber for this special memorable tea where we will be remembering and honoring our mothers. Bring your mother if possible, otherwise, bring photos and mementos. Enjoy poetry, songs, and remembrances, with assorted teas served from Karen’s fantastic collection of teapots.

Tuesday, May 3 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. $8 (RSVP required by April 27. Space is limited.)

Kripalu Yoga for Health and Well-Being - Tuesday Evenings
Dates: 05/03/2016, Times: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Kripalu YogaKripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit.  Have fun as you explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance.  Learn breathing techniques that will calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence.  Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200).
Tuesdays / 5:30 – 6:30 pm / May 3, 10, 17, 24 / $36, $10 drop-in with cash/check discount (Also on Thursdays / 9:00 – 10:30 am / May 5, 12, 19, 26 / $44, $12 drop-in)

“Yoga is a gift I give myself.”  ~ Patty Schmidt, Kripalu Yoga Student

Big Magic II - Persistence
Dates: 05/04/2016, Times: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Big Magic Book by E. Gilbert(Big Magic I: Book Study is not a pre-requisite, but you may want to read the book by Elizabeth Gilbert first.) Let’s use and apply our new-found courage and enchantment! We will give ourselves permission to try some fun creative projects in different areas of the arts. Let’s trust that our genius will show up for class. We can create Big Magic together! This is a class for those who want to get their ideas into expressive form. Four weeks filled with a variety of ways to stir up the creative energy you were born with. Join in the fun of discovering what your creativity can teach you about yourself. With Cherie Marks and JoAnn Pobocik. Pre-register by 5/2.  Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 / 12:30 – 2:30 pm / $45 ($3 cash/check discount)

Improvisation For Fun (and for Life)
Dates: 05/05/2016, Times: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Improv 4 FunImprovisational comedy is for everyone! It can help you learn to communicate more effectively, let go of fear, and have fun! You don’t have to “be funny” or have stage or comedy experience, but if you do, you’ll still learn something new you can add to your library of experiences. We will review the basic tenets of improv, work on skills in communication and play games. We’ll help you check your fear at the door and bring something fun and new to your life! Any experience level welcomed, especially beginners! With Jen Ciolino, who began her improv journey in several theaters in Chicago including Second City, Laugh Out Loud, Theatre Momentum, and Gorilla Tango. She has been part of two troupes performing in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Jen has led improv corporate training events. Please pre-register.
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 16, 23 / 6:00 – 8:30 pm / $85  (with cash/check discount)

Bead Night
Dates: 05/05/2016, Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bead Night at Creative 360Create unique jewelry using beautiful beads. We will also learn to make special clay beads. Make lovely pieces to wear and to share. You may bring your own beads or use ours at an additional fee. Memory wire is provided. With Diana Bradley. Thursdays through August 25/ 6:30– 8:30 pm / $6 with your beads, $7 with ours cash or check (per project).

Exhibit Opening Reception: The Art of Friends
Dates: 05/05/2016, Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Creative 360 Art of Friends ExhibitCome enjoy the work of four exceptional artists – Sue Ellison, Kathy Jones, Kathleen Sullivan,  and Sally Young – who have also been friends for more than 20 years.  On exhibit through June 24.

Opening reception: Thursday, May 5, 7:00-8:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.

Tai Chi - Mornings
Dates: 05/06/2016, Times: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Tai Chi is known for its many health benefits for both body and mind and promotes an overall sense of well-being, vitality and inner calm. The gentle flowing movements encourage the letting go of stress and tension. Classes are taught in an open, friendly, non-competitive atmosphere with special attention given to learning the underlying principles of traditional Yang-style Tai Chi. With Dianna Cole. Please let us know you are coming. Fridays through December. 10-11:00 am. / $5 drop-in cash/check; $8 debit/credit card

Kids & Canvas - Mother's Day Posies
Dates: 05/07/2016, Times: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mother's Day PosiesModeled after our popular Cocktails & Canvas event for adults, this gathering is specifically designed for children to experience a fun creative activity even if they “don’t do art!” We provide the materials and the instruction. Ursula Steckert will lead her charges through painting their own version of the featured painting. Pre-register, space is limited.
Saturdays / $20 each event
May 7 / 10:30 am -12:00 pm / Mother’s Day Posies (A wonderful gift!)
June 18 / 12:30 – 2:00 pm /Spout the Whale on 3-5×7 canvases!
July 16 / 10:30 am -12:00 pm / Prickly Pear Painted Rocks
August 13 / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm / Animal Friends (choose one!)

Crafting With Your Peanut - Tie Dye T-shirts
Dates: 05/07/2016, Times: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

crafting with your peanut tie-dyeThis playtime is serious fun! Each month you and your peanut create and explore with different materials; everything from decoupage to plaster molds. This time, you will be tie-dying t-shirts! Please bring one t-shirt per peanut, preferably white and 100% cotton for best results.

This class is geared toward small children, but all ages are welcome. Our peanut gatherings are tailor-made for you and your little one to have some lovely time together. With Aaron Lodico Bond and his peanut. Please preregister. First Saturdays May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, Noon-1:00 pm.

$12 per Parent & Peanut preregistered/$17 drop in cash/check; $15 per Parent & Peanut preregistered/$20 drop-in debit/credit. ($6 each additional child within family.)

For a complete list of coming events, go to our Events page.


Younce Guitar Duo

Younce Guitar Duo to Perform Saturday

Michigan’s father-son ensemble, the Younce Guitar Duo, will perform on Creative 360’s Gallery Stage on Saturday, April 30. An instrumental duo, Jerry Younce and his son, Ryan create intricate, flowing and rhythmic sonic weavings inspired by Latin, jazz and world music.

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Press Release: Reader’s Theatre Supports Pediatric Oncology

On Monday, April 18, 7- 8:30 pm, Creative 360 will host Starting Monday on the gallery stage. This reader’s theatre is based on the book of the same name written by Anne Commire. Tickets can be purchased in advance by

National Poetry Month

Midlanders Celebrate National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Creative 360 on Sunday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy poetry readings done by Midlanders of different ages, occupations and backgrounds who have accepted an invitation to read poems that are meaningful to them. Refreshments

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Creative 360 participates in Give Local Midland Event May 3

Midland Daily News recently featured an article announcing the upcoming Give Local Midland event. Creative 360 is one of 50 non-profits participating.  “On May 3, we’re inviting the entire community to donate to local endowment funds,” said Sharon Mortensen, MACF president

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Press Release: Creative 360 Luncheon Honors Mary Neely

March 29, 2016, Midland, Mich. – Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! Luncheon on Friday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m. in honor of Mary Neely (88), community leader, philanthropist, and volunteer extraordinaire. Lunch will be catered by Northwood

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MDN: Sweet treats! Easter candy-making class part of Creative 360 Artshop

The Easter edition of Midland Daily News included a story about our candy-making class. It features comments from teachers, students and staff members.  The article begins: “Students frosted miniature cupcakes and then topped them with jelly beans. This was just the beginning of an


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