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Artfest 55

Creative 360 is seeking original, imaginative art to be read, performed and displayed as part of the 9th annual Artfest 55 festival celebrating the creativity of Michigan residents who are age 55 and over. The exhibition opening, performances, written word competition and award announcements all take place in the Creative 360 gallery Friday, June 29 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Jurists for each category will be announced soon. There is no charge to attend. Donations are welcome.

If you are between the ages of 55 and 105, it’s time to pick up your paint brushes, tune the strings on your guitar or put pen to paper. If you plan to enter in any of the categories below, please notify Colleen Reed at or by phone at 989-837-1885 at your earliest convenience.

Call for Visual Art: This year, you may enter any work (2D, 3D or photography) you feel passionate about; works you love. Your 2D art work and photography must be ready to hang and received for adjudication by noon, Wednesday, June 20. Artists will be notified of acceptance into the show by Tuesday, June 26. Prizes in this category include: $250 Best in Show; $100 Best 2D; $100 Best 3D; $100 Best Photography. The works will be on exhibit through August 19. Visual Art Application.

Call for Written Word: Original poems, short stories and memoir for the Sentimental Journeys writing contest must be received by noon Wednesday, June 20 via email (preferred) or paper copies. Works must have been created within the 24 months prior to June and not previously published for the public. A $100 prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each of the following categories:

     Memoir: Non-fiction recalling memories and experiences from your past – 1250 words or less. Memoir Application. 

     Short story: Writing that is fictional, created from the imagination of the writer – 1250 words or less. Short Story Application.

     Poetry: Can be rhyming or not. Any length is acceptable. Poetry Application.

Call to Performers: The Senior Moments talent competition will take place at Creative 360 on June 29, and will be judged by a panel of three judges. Winners will be announced after all performances during Artfest 55. Applications must be received by Wednesday, June 20. Prizes of gift certificates or packages will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.  Performance Application.

More information and application forms for each category is available on the Creative 360 website at or at the Creative 360 office located at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland.

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.

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