CREATIVE 360 TUESDAY TRIBUTE FEATURES “STORIES OF ELDERS”

Veronica Kirin at Creative 360On Tuesday, February 5, 2-3:30 p.m. Author and Cultural Anthropologist Veronica Kirin will present her book “Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows about Technology That You Don’t.” Kirin published her book in September 2018. The book represents her travels across 12,000 miles of the U.S. to interview 100 of the last living members of the “greatest generation” – all born before 1945.

Some of her interviewees are now more than a century old, and their stories include life experiences from major historical events in U.S. history like World War I, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and World War II. They also grew up during the time that modern technologies like airplanes, cars, microwave ovens, telephones, radios, electricity, and the internet came to fruition.

You will recognize the names of some of her interviewees – Rhea Currie, Margaret Darger, Ida Mae Harris, Dorothy Hornsby, Yoko Mossner, Virginia Sears, H.J. Smith and Grace Stinton. Many will join Kirin as panelists during the discussion. $5 admission. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Veronica Kirin was named by Forbes as a notable graduate of Grand Valley State University, a

40 Under 40 Business Leader, has been recognized as the founder of a Top Women Owned

Business, and is the first business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be certified by the National

LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She offers entrepreneurial coaching to LGBTQ business owners through her signature Self Care Through Scaling™ program so they work less, grow faster, and earn more.

Kirin currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her cat Turbo. In summer she can be found in her backyard tending her vegetable garden and relaxing with friends. In winter, she stays as close to a cozy fire as possible.

Creative 360’s Tuesday Tributes offer an opportunity to hear from and about an array of fascinating seniors about their lives, their creative process, and their adventures. Always on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., they offer lively conversation, tea, treats, and time for Q&A. This is the first of ten Tuesday Tributes in the Yes We Can! schedule this year. The remaining are as follows:

Feb 12: Gray Gorton (95) – Pearl Harbor, Kamikazes & Me

Feb 26: Louise Herringshaw (82) – Special Family Bonds

Mar   5: Carol Kuhn Busick (94) – Life on the Prairie

Mar 12: Ralph Rye (94) – Designer and Builder

Apr   2:  Barbara Muessig (84) – Entrepreneur

Apr   9:  Dr. Joyce Henricks (83) – Artist, Author, Educator, Volunteer

Apr 16:  Mitzi Clark (82) – Actor, Dancer, Writer

Apr 23:  Carl (87) and Patricia (81) Price – Spending Time in Our National Parks

Apr 30:  Virginia Florey and Leona Seamster – Midland: Her Continuing Story

Creative 360 has also added Yes We Can! evenings to the lineup that include two presentations from Dr. Basil Clark, professor emeritus at SVSU; A fabulous concert by The New Reformation Band; and a book signing and talk by Quita V. Shier who wrote the book, “Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army.”

About Yes We Can!

Six years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.

Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 300 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!

Thanks to The Barstow Foundation, NADA Northwood University, and Space Studios for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Yes We Can! program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at becreative360.org or call 989-837-1885.

If you know of someone who is (or soon will be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at creed@becreative360.org.

About Creative 360
Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.