Creative 360’s next Yes We Can! Tuesday Tribute features Ralph Rye (94), designer and builder of creative art furniture. Enjoy lively conversation, tea and treats at Creative 360 on Tuesday, March 12, 2-3:30 pm. Admission is $5.
Rye spent most of his career in Grand Rapids where he also taught at the Kendall College of Art and Design. He was licensed to build for the finest furniture companies in America, and his own custom furniture was in high demand by corporations and residential clients. His work has been published in national art and design publications, and exhibited in galleries across Michigan and Chicago. His Kite Tables and Rye chair were on exhibit during the Yes We Can! exhibition this year. The chair continues to be in demand and commands prices in the thousands.
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:
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
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 becreative360.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.