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.



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.


Maker Mixers are hosted by craft studios around Detroit. Over 200 craftspeople have been a part of the Maker Mixer to date. Many feature a craft activity, like these camera straps and pillows made at Detroit Denim.