Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

2020-2021 Reopening Plan

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.

Our role is to help our students develop as artists, designers, and architects, and we will not waver in that commitment.

Fall Semester of 2020

Cranbrook Academy of Art returned to in-person instruction for the Fall semester. New expectations and procedures are in place, please read more about our 2020-2021 reopening plan here.

Recruitment/Prospective Students 2020

To protect our current students, staff members, and the greater Cranbrook community, Cranbrook Academy of Art will not be hosting in-person visits to campus at this time.

Prospective students are also encouraged to reach out for personal virtual meetings with our Admissions team and/or Artists-in-Residence. Email for assistance. Find out more about our public virtual recruitment events.

What We Are Doing

Throughout the summer, we have maintained regular business hours and have been available via email to students, faculty, and guests. Our plan is to offer in-person instruction in the Fall of 2020, and we will be instituting deep cleaning measures and reconfiguring spaces to account for proper social distancing.

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.


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 $41,027, 50% of which was used and distributed under the CARES Act providing Emergency Financial Aid grants to eligible students.

92 students were eligible and 92 students received 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 received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CARES Act of $225 per student.

The amount awarded 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 the 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