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Artfest 55 exhibit opening

Creative 360 will host the 11th annual Artfest 55 festival celebrating the creativity of Michigan residents who are age 55 and over on Friday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The festival is a juried art exhibit and creative writing competition with prizes. In light of social distancing concerns, this year’s event will be offered both indoors and out with a limited number of mask-wearing guests permitted in the gallery at the same time.

“We are delighted by the number of entries received again this year in both the visual art and creative writing categories,” said Program Director and Gallery Curator Colleen Reed. “Many artists said they are really focused on creating works to keep busy during this time.”

There were 109 entries in the visual art categories and 19 pieces of creative writing this year! Because of the high number of entries, Creative 360 staff members are closely monitoring the number of guests planned for the evening and asking everyone to call 989-837-1885 to express your intentions to attend. You can also sign up on our website.

“The health and safety of our guests remains our highest priority,” explained Executive Director Laura Vosejpka. “We are closely following state and CDC guidelines to ensure that each visitor to Creative 360 feels safe while they are with us.”

You can read more about our safety policies and practices here.

During the ceremony, $100 prizes will be awarded to the best in each category – 2D, Photography, 3D, Poetry, Short Story, and Memoir. Best in Show for visual art will receive a $250 prize. Whether indoors or out, the ceremony will be recorded and made available online. The art will be on exhibit in the gallery through August 30 and on the web beginning Friday, July 10.

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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