The Scarab Club

WDET STAR recipient The Scarab Club occupies a unique place in the Detroit's arts and cultural scene. Not only was it founded by some of the city's most prominent artists, but both the club and clubhouse have survived the tumultuous changes of the last century.

The Scarab Club was founded in 1907 by a group of artists and art lovers who enjoyed meeting regularly to discuss art and socialize. The desire to form an arts organization in Detroit during the first third of the 20th century was partially intertwined with the birth of automotive design and the evolution of advertising art inspired by the burgeoning automobile industry. Although generally viewed as a heavily industrial city, Detroit’s artistic community thrived from the success of the automobile.

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