March 2014
Spring has sprung. We hope. It is a great time to shed the winter coats and visit Cranbrook. Spring showers won't dampen your fun on campus where there are plenty of activities to engage the entire family. From art events to lectures and tours, you will find fun as ol' man winter is put to rest. Plan to attend a lecture, go Behind-the-Scenes, or read about the recent victories Cranbrook's robotics teams recently enjoyed at a statewide competition!


We hope to see you soon.

In This Issue
STUDIO 2014: A Benefit for Cranbrook Academy of Art's Scholarship Program
Join us on Saturday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. for STUDIO, an exclusive opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner in Cranbrook Academy of Art's private studio spaces in each of the Academy's ten departments. All proceeds benefit the Academy's scholarship programs. Please contact STUDIO staff at 248.645.3214 or 248-645-3579 or by email at for more information, or purchase tickets, click here.

From Dust till Dawn Tour at Cranbrook House


You've probably seen what life below stairs was like at Downtown Abbey. Now experience it at Cranbrook House when we examine the vital role "the help" played in running the estate a century ago. Guests will explore recent discoveries and rarely seen treasures that provide new stories of the house and those who lived there, during three tours starting Thursday, March 20. Tickets are $30 per person and include a boxed lunch. Space is limited and reservations are required call 248 645.3149 to register or click here.

SCIENCE TALKS Nature Conservancy Lecture Series Continues

The Institute's popular lecture series in partnership with The Nature Conservancy continues when Mary Fales presents Is More Better? on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30pm. Fales, director of Saginaw Bay Project, explains how science and academia are working together with farmers to protect our freshwater resources as agricultural production increases and intensifies. The lecture begins with a 6:30pm "Meet the Scientist" with cash bar, followed by a 7pm lecture and Q&A in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for members for Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy, and $12 for non-members. Register online or call 248 645.3210. The next lecture, Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition!, learn about the latest ecological techniques to restore, protect and preserve rare species and habitats in the Great Lakes Region and takes place on Thursday, April 24.

John Cage: Music, Manuscripts, and Mushrooms - Revisited

Images from John Cage's Mushroom Book, 1972. Image on left by John Cage; mushroom illustrations by Lois Long. ŠJohn Cage Trust

This year marks the 40-year anniversary of Music-Mushrooms-Manuscripts-a 1974 Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition and performance of the art and music of artist-composer John Cage. Coincidently, Cage's work is featured in our current exhibition My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process. Join us on March 23 at 4 p.m. in deSalle Auditorium to celebrate Cage's continuing resonance at Cranbrook, the Museum has organized a local musician's live performance of the Cage composition "Sounds of Venice," as well as a lecture by Shelley Selim, our current Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow. Selim will discuss Cage's current work on display as well as his 1974 visit to Cranbrook. Cage's "Mushroom Book" will also be on display in its entirety for one afternoon at the Museum. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Go Behind the Scenes at Cranbrook with the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

From centuries-old books to masterworks of modern architecture, Cranbrook works hard to preserve its unique treasures. The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research will explore behind the scenes and learn how scholars and conservators protect and maintain Cranbrook's incredible collections in five lectures from April 10 through June 8 To explore topics and speakers, or for more information, click here. To register, contact Kim Larsen at 248-645-3319, or by email at

Brookside Hosts Open House

Cranbrook Schools is hosting a spring 2014 Open House on Sunday, April 6 from 1 to 3 pm. The event is open to all families with children who are two years-old through those entering first grade. During the visit, you and your family will be able to meet some of our world-class teachers, get an up-close look at our facilities and speak with members of our admissions team. Please note that the open house will only be taking place at out Brookside campus. If you have questions, please call us at 248.645.3610.

Cranbrook Schools Robotic Groups Going to Robotics World Championship Event

During the school year, the Schools' Robotics Club fielded teams in a variety of robotics offerings including the VEX & VEX IQ Robotics Competition. These competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, CHALLENGE participants to form teams and use powerful, engaging tools to explore exciting challenges that enhance their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Every active VEX and VEX IQ Robotics team from Cranbrook's Lower, Middle, and Upper School programs qualified to compete in the VEX State Finals Tournaments, Cranbrook's active 8th through 12th grade teams competed at Michigan State University on March 2 and brought home eight of the top awards of the day, and of the twenty Michigan teams that qualified for a space at the World Championships, five spaces (25% of the total spaces allotted to Michigan) were secured by Cranbrook Robotics teams. Winning teams go on to Anaheim, Calif. for the World Championship Competition, April 23-26. Congratulations to all Cranbrook teams!

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