On Saturday, February 2, 2019, we said goodbye to the multi-talented Jean Beach. She was 89. Originally planned as a Yes We Can! luncheon in her honor, Creative 360 will host a celebration of her life and legacy on Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, April 1. Space is limited. $30
Jean Beach was an accomplished writer who was known for her interesting stories of people and places in Saginaw. She has written several books, including “A Century on Canvas” about the art careers of Julia and Henry Roecker, three Saginaw Hall of Fame volumes, and “Undefeated” with Don Steel. Beach also authored histories of First Congregational Church Saginaw, Pit and Balcony Community Theater, and the Saginaw historical cookbook “Savoring Saginaw” with Patricia Shek, which won the top award in the Saginaw News Critic’s Choice in 2007.
As a recognized artist with exhibits throughout Michigan art museums, Jean was in a variety of shows held at the Saginaw Art Museum, where she was awarded Best of Show in 1998. Her work has also been included in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in Lansing, and the Scarab Club in Detroit. In 2010 Beach received the All-Area Arts Award from the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission.
She was active both on and off-stage at Saginaw’s Pit and Balcony Community Theatre and served on its board. Jean gave riveting lectures that were sprinkled with amusing anecdotes on such topics as “The History of Pit and Balcony”, “Art in Public Places”, and “How Saginaw Got the World’s Best Water” among many others. Above all, Jean used her gifted talents to bring joy to many people who have felt it a blessing to know her.
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 will soon 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 email@example.com.
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.