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Creative 360’s next Yes We Can! Tuesday Tribute is February 26. It features Midland’s Louise Herringshaw who will share the story of how she and Louise Chen have become family for each other. The two Louises, once a world apart, have developed an unlikely and very special bond. Their relationship fills a void for each woman that they would miss out on otherwise.

Louise Chen left her home and family in Taiwan when she moved to Midland. At the same time, Louise Herringshaw’s daughter was living in California. When the two Louises met each other, friendship was easy and immediate. Herringshaw quickly became “American Mom” to Louise Chen. Herringshaw feels blessed to have a “daughter” so close by and Chen has the benefits of having a mother and grandparents for her children in the same town.

The Herringshaw’s love having their “grandchildren” over for important things like making strawberry jam, fixing bicycles and, best of all, going to school events and music recitals. The closeness of the two families extends to Chen’s birth parents in Taiwan. They have both visited and expressed their appreciation for the Herringshaws.

Creative 360’s Tuesday Tributes offer an opportunity to hear from and about an array of fascinating seniors – their lives, their creative process, and their adventures. Always on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., they offer lively conversation, tea, treats, and time for Q&A. There are ten Tuesday Tributes in the Yes We Can! schedule this year. The remaining are as follows:

Mar   5: Carol Kuhn Busick (94) – Life on the Prairie

Mar 12: Ralph Rye (94) – Designer and Builder

Apr   2:  Barbara Muessig (84) – Entrepreneur

Apr   9:  Dr. Joyce Henricks (83) – Artist, Author, Educator, Volunteer

Apr 16:  Mitzi Clark (82) – Actor, Dancer, Writer

Apr 23:  Carl (87) and Patricia (81) Price – Spending Time in Our National Parks

Apr 30:  Virginia Florey and Leona Seamster – Midland: Her Continuing Story

Creative 360 has also added Yes We Can! evenings to the lineup that include two presentations from Dr. Basil Clark, professor emeritus at SVSU; a fabulous concert by The New Reformation Band; and a book signing and talk by Quita V. Shier who wrote the book, “Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army.”

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 soon will 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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