College For Creative Studies
In 1906, the year Pablo Picasso heralded the Cubism movement and automobiles made their first tentative trips through Detroit's streets, a group of local civic leaders founded the Society of Arts and Crafts. Inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, the Society dedicated itself to keeping the ideals of beauty and craftsmanship alive in an industrialized worldâ€”in their words, to "encourage good and beautiful work as applied to useful service." The Society offered informal classes in basic design, drawing and woodcarving beginning in 1911, and opened a gallery to display and sell work by students and eminent modern artists.
In 1926 the Society became one of the first Arts and Crafts organizations in America to offer an educational program in the arts. From its inception, the school sought outstanding faculty and brought in noted painters, sculptors and craftspeople from around the world. In 1933 the Society made national news by recognizing the automobile as an art form. Industrial design and commercial art were soon added to the school's curriculum.
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