President's Letter PresidentsLetter
Spring is officially here and a walk around campus reminds us all that this is truly one of the most magical and exciting seasons on our campus. To see winter disappear and everything from plants and trees to fountains come to life again is a wonderful reminder of the continuity of Cranbrook and the special relationships we have with this extraordinary place!  As the academic year draws to a close and we enter one of Cranbrook's busiest times of the year, I wanted to share this brief letter with you and invite you to explore our upcoming events included below. 
Mid-month we'll honor five individuals with the President's Award for Excellence. This annual event recognizes the contributions and achievements of those who exemplify the Cranbrook spirit. This year's winners are Martha Mast, Development Coordinator for the Cranbrook Educational Community (and Cranbrook alum);  Vanessa Lucero Mazei, Assistant Registrar & Student Services Coordinator for the Cranbrook Academy of Art;  Allison Mitchell, Resident District Manager for Chartwells; and an award shared by  Sandy Smith, Trustee, Trustee Committee Member, Chair of the Center for Collections and Research Subcommittee, Schools Governor, Schools parent and past parent, and Bob Wilson, Trustee Committee Member, Academy Governor, Cranbrook Schools Alumnus, Schools parent and past parent. Choosing each year's winners is challenging indeed. Challenging in that it requires narrowing a very worthy pool of nominees down to a handful of winners. This is never easy, but it is interesting in that it reveals the diversity of talents, skill sets, and passions that drive Cranbrook. I hope you join me in congratulating this year's recipients.
As part of our commitment to continually improve Cranbrook's safety and security, I am pleased to share with you news of the SchoolDude CrisisManager smartphone app. Available on Apple and Android devices, the app provides instant access about what to do in crisis situations, such as tornadoes, medical emergencies and campus closures. If you are on campus often I strongly recommend you download the app; directions for doing so are available here .   
To close on a lighter note, the answer is "What is Cranbrook?" Archives was recently contacted by the game show Jeopardy! to arrange use of a photo of a famous person with a Cranbrook connection. The episode will air on April 26. Tune in and test your knowledge!
From all of us here at Cranbrook, I thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you during this beautiful spring season.


Dominic A. DiMarco, President
Cranbrook Educational Community
The Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
Sunday, April 17 - May 15

The most innovative work from the next generation of architects, artists, and designers will be on display at The 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. This exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of more than 80 graduates as they launch their careers.

Saturday, April 30, 6:30 pm - 1:00 am

This is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner in Cranbrook Academy of Art's private studio spaces.  Each of the Academy's 10 Artists-in-Residence and students welcome you to their private studios for dinner and insightful conversations. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet tomorrow's creative leaders!  All proceeds benefit the Academy's scholarship program. To reserve your space in one of our studios, purchase your tickets soon - spots are filling fast!

Presenting sponsor: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Saturday, April 30, 9:30 pm - 1:00 am

Join us under the big white tent for DJ DUO HAUTE TO DEATH and dancing. Hosted by our current first-year students and the new Cranbrook Contemporaries, this party includes a cash bar and snacks.  All proceeds from (AFTER)STUDIO support scholarships benefiting the students of Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Sunday, May 1,  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cranbrook Academy of Art is opening its private studios for our annual OPEN(STUDIOS) event. Art will be for sale, and students and faculty from the Academy's 10 departments will discuss their work and show off their creative spaces. Admission is FREE! 

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes: 
The Gerald W. McNeely Collection of Pewabic Pottery
Through Sunday, August 28

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes is the inaugural exhibition of one of the largest private collections of Pewabic Pottery and includes works that pre-date the pottery and span founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton's lifetime.

Center Spring 2016 Keynote Lecture: 
Cranbrook's Japanese Garden in Context
Sunday, April 24,  3:00 pm

This free lecture by Dr. Kendall Brown, California State University, Long Beach, explores the fashion for Japanese gardens in American in the first decades of the 20th Century. The lecture will be followed by a sushi reception. Seating is limited; guests will be seated on a first come, first seated basis. Japanese Gardens is presented by Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario and hosted in partnership with Cranbrook Institute of Science.   

Friday, April 22,  10:45 am

Celebrate spring with a tour and lunch at historic Cranbrook House; the 1908 English-Tudor manor designed in the Arts & Crafts Style by noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn for Cranbrook's founders, George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. View handcrafted furnishings, tapestries, and a selection of the Booth's large collection of world-class art. Following the tour, enjoy a box lunch and the sounds of the recently restored Steinway Piano during a lunchtime performance in Cranbrook House library. Advance registration required.

Saturday, April 23,  9:30 am - 11:30 am

From volunteer opportunities to benefits - such as free admission to Cranbrook House & Gardens and nearly 300 reciprocal gardens throughout North America - discover all that a Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary membership has to offer at their annual membership recruitment event. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, remarks from current Auxiliary members and a glimpse of Cranbrook House on an abridged tour. 

Friday, May 6,  10:45 am

Treat your mother to a special springtime tour and lunch, complete with a piano performance, in Cranbrook House. George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook's founders, moved into the estate in 1908, the same year Anna Jarvis founded the U.S. Mother's Day holiday. In celebration of another historic holiday, the Kentucky Derby, guests are encouraged to attend sporting their finest spring fashions. Advance registration required. 

Rites of Spring During Spring Break
Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener life through special activities and the chance to talk to environmental experts. Free with admission.

Nature Conservancy Lecture
Thursday, April 7,  6:30 pm

Darwin Schultz, Fire Manager for the Nature Conservancy, will examine the natural role and history of fire in our environment, and how reintroducing fire to certain landscapes can benefit both nature and people. 

CIS After Dark is a Night at the Museum  for Adults
Thursday, April 14,  7:00 pm

The Institute's popular CIS After Dark evening series for adults 21+ explores the science behind a unique theme and offers adults the opportunity to discover and socialize during a kid-free night at the museum.