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About Creative 360

Experience. Express. Expand Your Creativity.

In 2020, Creative 360 celebrated 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.

Core Values

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 disabilities, older adults, people in recovery, veterans, at-risk teens, and youth. Those with Medicaid Community Living Supports may use their CLS budget to pay for classes and workshops.

Artshop is an inclusive arts and wellness program designed to provide high quality arts education in a safe and supported environment that is accessible to individuals of all abilities including those with disabilities. Everyone is welcome to take an Artshop class, especially if you prefer to create at a relaxed pace and are interested in receiving more one-on-one coaching.

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.

Our downtown galleries at 142 and 144 Ashman Street offer a prime location for workshops and shopping that is walking distance from a variety of great local restaurants. Our workshop space also hosts individual studio rooms that artists may rent out for personal use and a year-round version of our popular "Secondhand Picasso" sale as well as art and handmade items created by talented local artists. If you are an artist interested in selling work in our downtown gallery, contact Colleen Reed at

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 Arts and Culture Council, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation, the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations and The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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