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From Club to Third Space: On the Interrogation and Creation of Community at the Scarab Club, Detroit

March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date:  Friday, March 22

Time:  12:00 pm

Location:  UM Museum of Art, Multi-Purpose Room (125)

Presenter:  Megan Berkobien (PhD candidate, Comparative Literature)

From Club to Third Space: On the Interrogation and Creation of Community at the Scarab Club, Detroit

For over a century, the Scarab Club has been an important gathering space for artists and patrons in Detroit’s museum district. Yet, while the Scarab Club takes its mission as “foster[ing] a stronger, more vibrant arts community in Detroit,” the majority of its members and staff live outside of the city. In this sense, it is no surprise that the once-exclusive Club has yet to transcend its legacy as an organization closed to large swaths of the Detroit community, including those most marginalized by the suburb-city divide. As an intern, I worked alongside staff to get intentional about community making and inclusion. In addition to assisting in day-to-day operations, I designed a visitor’s survey, supported and coordinated programming that featured Detroiters of color, and facilitated conversations about equity and governance whenever possible. In this talk, I will discuss how the Club might confront its history of exclusion through creative exhibition and programming, and, by doing so, better position itself as a gallery and arts venue that uplifts artists from within the city.




March 22, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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University of Michigan Museum of Art, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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