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Big Read -Telling Our Stories Event

Creative 360 is Celebrating Neighborhood Memories


April 1, 2022, Midland, MI. – On Friday, April 8 from 4-6 pm, Creative 360 will lead guests on a walk down memory lane as they bring together the Express Yourself Artshop Actors and the Riverside Writers in a program celebrating neighborhood memories.  Celebrating Neighborhood Memories is sponsored by Creative 360 along with the Great Lakes Bay Big Read, a national common book program created by the National Endowment for the Arts.


“The Great Lakes Bay Region Big Read has been working with the book The House on Mango Street since last summer,” remarked Laura Vosejpka, Creative 360 director. “We have had a number of fun, family events featuring the book – a block party, art projects and even a public arts contest that will be happening this summer.  The book centers on a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago and features some vivid descriptions of her neighborhood and neighbors. We saw an opportunity to have our writers, both at 360 and at Riverside, share some of their own reflections on neighbors and neighborhoods.”


The program will kick off with short readings from The House on Mango Street, followed by descriptive monologues written and performed by the Express Yourself Artshop Acting class members.  Carol Rumba, who teaches the Artshop Acting course, asked each student to write a solo piece that they could share on stage.


“We typically do a traditional play in our acting class,” Rumba said.  “However, this Big Read book has presented us with a chance to do a different kind of acting performance. The students have written heartfelt stories of what it means to be a member of a neighborhood and have been learning the important aspects of delivering a monologue.”


Inviting the Riverside Writers, a group of storytellers led by writer Anne Woodard who meet once a week at Riverside Place to share written and oral stories and memories, was an obvious addition to this program. “I have had the chance to join them a few times now and their writing fits right in line with the themes from The House on Mango Street,” said Vosejpka.  “It will be a wonderful afternoon of storytelling.”


The program starts at 4 pm on Friday, April 8th.  Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend, however Creative 360 would like guests to pre-register if possible.  You can register at or by calling the arts center at 989-837-1885.


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. Visit for information about the offerings at Creative 360, or call (989) 837-1885 to request a mailed copy of the current schedule.

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