The Arts & Crafts Movement: Detroit and Environs
Initiatives in Art and Cultures’s 25th Annual Arts and Crafts Conference
September 27 – October 1, 2023
The 2023 Conference will travel to Detroit to examine the central role the City played in the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Over the course of 5 days, we will explore the following:
- The Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (DSAC) and its founding in 1907
- The Scarab Club (founded 1907 as the Hopkins Club) and other institutions closely tied to the furtherance of the Movement in the City
- The cultural life in Detroit at the turn of the century
- George Booth’s founding of Cranbrook Educational Community based on William Morris’ philosophy that all the arts should have equal recognition
- Women who played major roles in the expression of the Movement in Detroit, including Mary Chase Perry Stratton, co-founder of Pewabic Pottery and Katherine McEwen, a British artist who was instrumental in the administration of the DSAC upon her emigration to Detroit.
- Additionally, we will consider the relationship between Detroit architects and those whose national footprints (such as Daniel Burnham) create links between the cities in which they worked.