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On November 22, 2018, we said goodbye to our dear friend Kathy Kaunitz Jones. She was an artist, a “make of paintings” and a gifted teacher who taught students of every age from toddlers to retirees. On Friday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon in honor of this talented artist, generous educator and friend to many. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, February 11. Space is limited. $30

Jones was an Associate Professor in CMU’s Art Department from 1997 to 2013, was Creative 360’s first art teacher and continued to teach at the Midland Center for the Arts until 2016 when she retired to paint full time.

“My work is about color, emotion and energy,” she once explained. “My goal is to create a painting that exudes positive energy.”

This luncheon in her honor will celebrate that positive energy, her wonderful creative life, and the gifts she has left us.

Yes We Can! Luncheon Soirees are scheduled through May to honor the following people:

March 1: Phyllis J. and Roy L. Mc Neill – Educators and Community Leaders

March 8: Carol Struthers – Artist and Educator

March 15: Bruce Rayce – Community Leader and Volunteer

March 22: Russell Thayer – Artist and Educator

April 5: Jean R. Beach – Artist and Writer

May 10: Annual Art Sweetheart Luncheon honoring Junia Doan – Community Leader, Visionary and Philanthropist

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 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

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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