Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

At Cranbrook Academy of Art, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests always come first. We have continued to monitor the recommendations of the CDC and State of Michigan regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have taken proactive measures to keep our campus and students safe.

On March 16, Cranbrook Academy of Art moved to remote distance learning for the rest of the semester. Students will work with their Artists-in-Residence to complete their course work in a virtual environment.

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. We are working on a possible online exhibition, and details will be shared at a later date. We are also exploring if we are able to host a physical exhibition at a later date, to be determined. Students’ work will also be shared digitally through our Instagram and Twitter accounts. Please follow to see their work over the coming weeks and show your support during this difficult time.

Our role is to help our students develop as artists, designers, and architects, and we will not waver in that commitment. Our connections will continue online and in shared virtual spaces for now, but in time, they will move to shared physical spaces again. For those students who are graduating, we have offered assurances that they are still a part of the fabric of Cranbrook Academy of Art, with a network of alumni that spans generations who are all eager to help them get their start in the world.

Letter from the Director

What We Are Doing

We have instituted deep cleaning measures throughout the entire Cranbrook Educational Community, including extra sanitizing of high-traffic areas, doorknobs, and public spaces.

We are closely monitoring the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local government agencies and responding to recommendations in real-time. We are in discussions daily as the situation develops.

We will maintain regular business hours and will be available via email to students, faculty, and guests. Many events will be affected by restrictions from the State of Michigan, please check our calendar for details on specific events as they become available. As this situation is evolving rapidly, changes may be made quickly.


What You Can Do

Cranbrook Academy of Art is committed to the health and safety of each of our students, Artists-in-Residence, staff, and guests.  We encourage you to remain informed about preventative measures by visiting the resources provided.

How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (WHO)

CARES Act funding received by Cranbrook Academy of Art:

Cranbrook Academy of Art signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 16, 2020. The Academy to date has received $20,514 which was used and distributed under the CARES Act providing Emergency Financial Aid grants to eligible students.

There were 92 students eligible students who could receive the CARES Act funding under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Each student was determined eligible based on their completion of the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . Each student will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CARES Act of $225 per student.

The amount awarded to eligible students was determined by taking the amount received ($20,514) and dividing by the number of eligible students (92). We then rounded the figure up to $225 which was awarded to all eligible students.

In addition to the amount awarded to eligible students, the Academy provided a CARES Act match funded through a special Director’s Emergency Relief Fund to our remaining students not eligible to receive funding through the CARES act. All students at the Academy received funding of $225 through the CARES Act or CARES Act Match. All students were notified of the funding as part of the April 29, 2020, Hotline newsletter distributed to all students by email.

Triton Pools, Photo: James Haefner