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On Friday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon in honor of community leaders, educators and peacemakers Rev. Joy (93) and Dorothy (90) Arthur. Guests will enjoy hearing and sharing stories about the couple along with a delicious lunch catered by Northwood University’s NADA Hotel and Conference Center. Make your reservations to attend by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, February 17. Space is limited. Cost is $30 for the event.

Joy and Dorothy recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary! Both have an eye toward improving life for others and responded to that passion in the life they have led together – she as a teacher in the Midland Public Schools, he as a minister in The United Methodist Church. His ministry led him to participate in work projects abroad, attend peace conferences, and participate in the Night Watch Police Ministry in Saginaw. He also participated in civil rights demonstrations and once landed in jail when he protested against nuclear weapons and military spending outside Wirtsmith Air Force Base!

Joy always thought he would take over the family farm one day, and attended Michigan State University after the Navy to study agriculture. He soon realized, however, that ministry was his life calling. Dorothy joined her husband in his travels as often as her teaching career would allow. She says being married to a pastor and teaching in the public schools provided many interesting, enjoyable and challenging opportunities. After 38 years in ministry and 25 years teaching, Joy and Dorothy are now retired and enjoying life in a home they built on land inherited from the Arthur family farm.

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

Feb 28: Doris Feagley, Entrepreneur, Community Leader, Volunteer

Mar 6: Celebration of Life for Marilyn E. Clark, Educator, Philanthropist, Volunteer

Mar 13: Leeds Bird (84), Educator, Entrepreneur, Performer, Veteran

Mar 20: Walter (90) & Joanne (90) Rupprecht, Community Leaders, Scientists, Volunteers

Mar 27: Zoe Club of Midland 80th Anniversary Celebration

Apr 3: Arthur C. Frock and Judith L. Frock, Community Leaders, Educators, Volunteers

Apr 17: James Kendall (92), Community Leader, Legal Counsel, Volunteer

Apr 24: Carol Coppage (81), Community Leader, Arts Administrator, Educator, Volunteer

May 1: Janet Yerby, Ph.D. (80), Author, Educator, Volunteer

May 15: Douglas Bloodgood (80), Entrepreneur, Performer, Sailor, Veteran

About Yes We Can!

Seven 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 350 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 Garber Automotive, Gavin and Associates, Janet Martineau, Northwood University’s NADA Hotel and Conference Center, and Space Studios for sponsoring this year’s 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 celebrating 25 years as a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization. 25 years ago, Cynthia Keefe and Linda Z. Smith founded “The Creative Spirit Center” with a vision to make creativity accessible to all. Since then, the nonprofit has become Creative 360 and welcomed countless people through its doors to express, expand and experience the creative process in all its forms. Creative 360’s 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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