Creative 360 has named beloved music teacher, community organizer, and volunteer extraordinaire Barbara Jacques as this year’s Arts Angel award recipient. She will be honored at a dinner in the Creative 360 gallery on Tuesday, November 14, 6:30–8:30 p.m. NADA will cater a delicious meal featuring herb and gournay cheese stuffed chicken or vegetarian quinoa followed by tiramisu for dessert. Reservations are required no later than November 7 and can be made by calling 989-837-1885 or online at becreative360.org. The cost is $35.
Barbara Jacques retired from Midland Public Schools this past spring after a 26-year career teaching music. Since then, she continues to explore new ways to share her joy of music with the community.
“The arts are one of the ways my soul breathes,” she said. “I want to include others in that experience.”
Jacques’ explorations have brought her to Creative 360 to share music with the Express Yourself Artshop students and to the Toni & Trish house where she plays piano in the living room every Monday evening. She also recently served as the accompanist at Riverside Place during an evening of “pumpkin caroling,” at a Shelterhouse party and is booked to lead holiday caroling for a Shelterhouse party in December. Every other week, you will find her at Pinecrest Farms leading sing-alongs with a large population of people dealing with Alzheimer’s.
“It’s amazing to see the joy on faces where the memory of music is easily retrievable, even when so many other memories are not,” she said.
This December, Jacques will join the acting company performing in Creative 360’s annual holiday treat, A Christmas Carol.
The Arts Angel award was established to honor and celebrate artists whose direct contributions to arts education have assured opportunities for emerging artists and have furthered the advancement of the arts. This is the 9th year for the Arts Angel celebration. Previous Arts Angels are Linda Z. Smith, Pat Smith, Steve DeRees, Cynthia Keefe, Kathy Jones, Becky Allen, Margaret Clark and Valerie Allen/Armin Mersmann.