Recreational Classes

CCAA offers recreational classes in six different craft media in partnership with local Detroit craft studios, artists, and educators. These classes offer the metro-Detroit community access to craft education as an enriching creative outlet. Additionally, they provide part-time employment for craftspeople and are revenue generating for CCAA. We have had 137 participants in our classes. Once our permanent facility is renovated, nearly all of our classes will be held there.

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Chasing and Repousse class offered by CCAA and hosted by Smith Shop.


Craft Lecture Series

The Craft Lecture Series shines a light on a widely practiced yet underrepresented artistic form, adding a missing voice to an otherwise vibrant cultural landscape in Detroit. CCAA has worked with organizational and institutional partners—including Cranbrook Academy of Art, College for Creative Studies, and Wayne State University—to bring national and international Craft Artists to Detroit to lecture. Once our facility is online many of our lectures will be held at the event space in the building where an emphasis will be placed on presenting artists of color whose work is especially relevant to residents of Central Detroit.

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Nationally recognized Metalsmiths Jim Cotter and Nicole Jacquard lectured at College for Creative Studies in March of 2017. CCAA worked with Wayne State, CCS, and the Michigan Silversmith’s Guild to sponsor their visit.


Maker Mixer

Maker Mixer is a monthly social event which aims to bring craftspeople together from around the region to build community in the disjointed regional craft landscape. This rotating event takes place at craft studios around the Metro-Detroit. There are typically drinks, light fare, and a craft activity at each event. CCAA has held nine events with a total of 224 attendees. They have become increasingly popular and we now book hosts months in advance.

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Maker Mixers are hosted by craft studios around Detroit. Over 200 craftspeople have been a part of the Maker Mixer to date.


Craft Business Loan Program

Launched in 2017, this program will facilitate the disbursement of $200,000 in loans—from a private lender—to 30 Detroit area craft businesses. Qualified applicants may receive up to $10,000 in low-interest loans to make capital purchases and improvements for their business. The goal of the program is to make it easy for craft-based businesses to apply for and receive financing. Rolling applications are reviewed and granted quarterly.

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Low interest loans used for equipment purchases will help small manufacturing businesses grow.