Creative 360 hosts opening for Key House public art project

The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum is excited to partner with Creative 360 to celebrate a new public art project in Midland with a dedication event, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Creative 360 Stage, Studio and Galleries located at 1517 Bayliss St., Midland. The sculpture by Midland-based artist Annie Stout is part of the “NEA Big Read: Great Lakes Bay Region” initiative and will be permanently installed at Creative 360. 

This public art installment is the culminating chapter in the 10-month long initiative centered on the book “The House on Mango Street” by Hispanic author Sandra Cisneros. The book’s themes, particularly “neighbors and “neighborhoods” were also the basis for three community artmaking projects throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.

For the Midland piece, artist Annie Stout created a steel house frame approximately 7’x8’x12.5’ that has two open ends for visitors to walk through and two sides and a roof where keys can be hung. …

Community members are invited to join the opening celebration and add their own key, or one of the collected keys, to the artwork. Light refreshments will be provided.  

Funding for this portion of the “NEA Big Read: Great Lakes Bay Region” comes from, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program in partnership with Arts Midwest, the Hemlock Semiconductor Community and Regional Empowerment Fund, the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and the Midland Area Community Foundation who provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future. For more information about the initiative, visit the project’s website at