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Creative 360 will host the 10th annual Artfest 55 festival celebrating the creativity of Michigan residents who are 55 and older this Friday at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes an exhibition opening, performances, and a written word competition all with prizes. It is free and open to the public and always a memorable event!

Refreshments will be available to guests as they arrive and begin to enjoy the exhibition. Executive Director Carol Rumba will kick off the evening with performances whose winners will be announced after the written word category. Visual art awards presentation will wrap up the evening.

“We received a record number of entries from a record number of artists this year,” said Exhibit Curator Colleen Reed. “Our jurist, Katherine Sullivan, chair of the Department of Art at Hope College had a difficult job deciding the pieces that would stay in the exhibit since they couldn’t all possibly stay.” Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D, and Best Photography as well a number of Honorable Mentions.

“The quality of writing entries continues to get better each year,” said jurist Sarah Yoder. She and Luana Russell, both retired Midland Public School teachers, have served as jurists for the writing category for the past several years. This year, they read through 11 memoirs, 4 short stories and 8 poems to choose one winner in each category.

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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