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Junia Doan, Art Sweetheart

On Friday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon in honor of this year’s Art Sweetheart, Junia Doan. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, May 6. Space is limited. $30

Each year, Creative 360 honors a Great Lakes Bay Region arts advocate who has made significant contributions through exceptional vision, leadership and commitment to the arts. This year the nonprofit is recognizing Junia Doan because of her passion for life and active compassion for people.

Since she arrived in Midland from New York years ago, Doan has continually been in the forefront of helping others. She has helped raise significant funding for both the University of Michigan Medical School and the United Way of Midland County, and has been active on the boards of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; the Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C.; the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Council for the Humanities.

In 2002, Doan launched a TV show called “Uncommon Sense with Junia” to inspire, inform, entertain, educate and give courage to those who ask the big and small questions of life. Her current show, “The Spark,” offers a storytelling platform that aims to shape her audience’s philosophy of life by sharing stories of living with energy, gratitude, passion and excitement. Her hope is that we all, together, become a more positive force to the people we meet.

Junia Doan joins our honor roll of Sweethearts that includes Dorothy Yates, Ginny Morrison, Barbara Prince-Sovereen, Sally Moss, Judy Rapanos, Nancy Barker, Janet I. Martineau, Ruby Iwamasa, Patty Shaheen, Dick and Donna Dolinski, Ruth and Etcyl Blair, Eugene Yehle, Alice Ralston, Gerry Hath and Paula Ulmer.

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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