About Creative 360
Experience. Express. Expand Your Creativity.
In 2020, Creative 360 celebrates 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 experience, express and expand the creative process in all its forms. Our vision, mission and core values are at the heart of everything we do.
We envision a world in which creativity is integral to every life and its value is recognized.
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.
Inclusiveness – No matter your age, gender, race, beliefs, skills or life circumstances, you are welcome at Creative 360 and are free to be yourself.
Creativity – We believe that imagination and free expression are essential to any person’s life. We see creativity not as a finished product, but a journey of discovery, so we provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where all work is treasured.
Respect – We respect not only people, but also ideas. We are open to new and non-traditional programming. We believe in the power of saying “yes”.
Community – We believe that unity and compassion are components of a strong society. We work to bring people together.
Creative 360 offers a diverse array of exhibits, classes, workshops and events for all ages and populations. Our offerings embrace those with special needs, individuals with disabilities, older adults, people in recovery, veterans, at-risk teens, and gifted and talented youth.
Express Yourself Artshop is an inclusive arts program with classes designed for people with varying disabilities. Everyone is welcome to take an Artshop class, especially those who prefer a slower pace when creating. Many participants are able to use Community Living Support (CLS) funding from Community Mental Health.
Our Art Gallery hosts exhibits, curated by Colleen Reed, that change several times throughout the year. All exhibits, including their opening receptions, are free and open to the public. The exhibits are enjoyed by nearly 10,000 visitors each year. In 2015, it was voted Greatest Art Gallery in the Great Lakes Bay by readers of Great Lakes Bay magazine.
The John Pratt Mosaic House on M20 in Midland has been owned and managed by Creative 360 for more than 20 years. Through tours, teaching opportunities, workshops and seminars, more than 80000 people have experienced the art and message of creativity for all people including those with mental illness.
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.