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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. In 1994, 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 countless people have experienced the creative process in all its forms. Our vision, mission and core values are at the heart of everything we do.

Vision

We envision a world in which creativity is integral to every life and its value is recognized.

Mission

We create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process. We 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 life. We see creativity as a journey of discovery and we provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where all work is treasured.

Respect – We respect people and 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 including 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 Gallery hosts curated exhibits that change several times throughout the year. All exhibits, including their opening receptions, are free and open to the public.

The John Pratt Mosaic Installation at 5501 Jefferson Ave in Midland is a reminder of the house on M20 that had 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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