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The Craft Center began in the spring of 1966, with a handful of students in a small basement room off the MU Ballroom and the purpose of offering student, faculty and spouses the opportunity to make productive and creative use of their leisure time. Jewelry, lapidary, wood carving and weaving were popular crafts at this time. The Craft Centers popularity prompted an expansion and move to a new location in the MU East/Snell Hall in 1977; increasing it square footage to 4,600 square feet of space. Many new programs were offered; most popular was the addition of ceramics and photography. Yet another expansion occurred in 1996, occupying what had been The Gallery, a former eatery, into what we referred to as our South Classroom, bringing its overall size to over 11,000 sq. feet and allowing for additional programs and classes to be offered.
In March of 2015, the Craft Center relocated into a brand new facility in the basement level of the Student Experience Center occupying approx. 10,000 square feet of artist studio space. Programs and classes are offered in: ceramics, digital photography, textiles (weaving, sewing and spinning), silk screening and printmaking, glass torchwork, fused glass and stained glass, jewelry and metal work, fine woodworking, paper arts and more. We are open 7 days a week, offering over 2,500 hours of formal classes and workshops per year. In addition, the Craft Center offers 57 hours open studio time per week to its members. The Craft Center serves students, faculty /staff and the general public.