For 24 years, Creative 360 has been a vital and unique destination within the Great Lakes Bay Region. Since its inception by cofounders Cynthia Keefe and Linda Z. Smith, who were Alden B. Dow Creativity Fellows at Northwood University, Creative 360 has offered a wide variety of classes, workshops and events for all ages and populations. Every workshop, event and outreach program has at its core a focus to provide wellness through experience, expression and expansion of the creative self.
Our offerings have grown to include those with special needs, individuals with disabilities, older adults, people in recovery, veterans, at-risk teens, and gifted and talented youth. Through collaboration with local schools, universities, assisted care facilities, youth groups, service clubs, human-services agencies and other nonprofits we tailor programs that give students and residents greater exposure to the creative arts and humanities.
Express Yourself Artshop is a crucial inclusive arts program with classes designed for people with varying disabilities. Everyone is welcome to take an Artshop class, especially those who prefer a slower pace when creating. Many participants are able to use Community Living Support (CLS funding from CMHCM).
Click on the video links below to see how people say Creative 360 has been life-changing for them.
Creative 360 offers a year round schedule of workshops and classes, a speakers’ forum, concerts, Shakespeare performances, dinner theatre, improvisation/comedy, movie screenings, poetry readings, and children’s summer interrelated arts camps. Our art gallery is open free to the public and is enjoyed by more than 9,500 visitors each year. It is one of the most visible galleries in the area and was voted Greatest Art Gallery in the Great Lakes Bay by readers of Great Lakes Bay Magazine in 2015.
As we support a full schedule of activity, Creative 360 board members and numerous community leaders and volunteers are developing a plan to preserve the art on the John Pratt Mosaic House we have owned for over 20 years. Through tours, teaching opportunities, workshops and seminars, more than 75,000 people have experienced the art and message of creativity for all people including those with mental illness.
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.
Experience. Express. Expand your creativity.
We envision a world in which creativity is integral to every life and its value is recognized.
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.
Inclusiveness – No matter your age, gender, race, beliefs, skills or life circumstances, you are welcome at Creative 360 and are free to be yourself.
Creativity – We believe that imagination and free expression are essential to any person’s life. We see creativity not as a finished product, but a journey of discovery, so we provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where all work is treasured.
Respect – We respect not only people, but also ideas. We are open to new and non-traditional programming. We believe in the power of saying “yes”.
Community – We believe that unity and compassion are components of a strong society. We work to bring people together.