2016 Kresge Artist Fellowships
Application Cycle Is Open!

Metro Detroit Artists Invited to Apply for $25,000 Awards in Film & Music and Live Arts Guidelines, Resources and Support Now Available; Online Application opens December 1

Detroit, MI – November 2, 2015 – Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan.

Monday, November 2, 2015: Application Guide Available
Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Online Application Opens
Thursday, January 21, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. EST: Application Deadline

In 2016, the program – which will mark its eighth year – will award nine fellowships in Film & Music and nine fellowships in Live Arts to artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Kresge Artist Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work.

In each category fellows are selected through a competitive review of all applications, a process performed by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process.

Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply for a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship:

LIVE ARTS                                           FILM & MUSIC
Choreography                                    Animation
Dance                                                  Film Directing
Theatre Directing                              Music Composition
Performance Art                               Music Performance
Playwriting                                         Screenwriting
Interdisciplinary Work                     Interdisciplinary Work

“The fellowship enabled me to take greater risks in my work and to live my entire life as art,” says playwright and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe. “I wake up every day excited to create, to build and to collaborate. Kresge Artist Fellowships are a life-changing experience, and I encourage everyone to apply.”

Kresge Arts in Detroit will also administer the 2016 Gilda Awards, the second year of a two-year initiative honoring artist Gilda Snowden’s (1954-2014) legacy of championing and mentoring emerging artists. The Gilda Awards are $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes, one in Film & Music and one in Live Arts, that recognize artists who are early in their artistic careers, are gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The independent panels that select the 2016 Kresge Artist Fellows will select the Gilda Award recipients from the pool of fellowship applicants.

“We share The Kresge Foundation’s belief that artists’ ideas, energy and drive are essential to a thriving community,” says Michelle Perron, director of Kresge Arts in Detroit. “Kresge Artist Fellowships and the Gilda Awards support the creative practices of individual artists and their contributions to Detroit’s vibrant and distinctive arts and culture sector.”

Kresge Arts in Detroit will host the following applicant orientations and workshop. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the orientations and workshop, and should visit http://tinyurl.com/KAID-RSVP for full details and to RSVP.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.
Topic: Developing a Strong Application   

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Topic: Navigating the Online Application

Applicant Orientations are held at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building, in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.
Topic: Introduction to Writing Artist Statements and Resumes
Facilitated by Creative Many Michigan
The Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River Avenue, Detroit

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and must be completed by Thursday, January 21, 2016 by 11:59 p.m., E.S.T. Guidelines and additional resources are available now at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded 126 Kresge Artist Fellowships, seven Kresge Eminent Artist Awards and two Gilda Snowden Awards for a total of over $3.5 million given directly to individual artists. In 2017, fellowships will be awarded to artists working in the literary and visual arts.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2014, the Board of Trustees approved 408 awards totaling $242.5 million. That included a $100 million award to the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, a fund created to soften the impact of the city’s bankruptcy on pensioners and safeguard cultural assets at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A total $138.1 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, its Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $20.4 million in 2014. For more information, visit kresge.org

The College for Creative Studies, located in midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, is a world leader in art and design education that prepares students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design. collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Kresge Arts in Detroit, which comprises the Kresge Artist Fellowships and Kresge Eminent Artist Award, is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive community-development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region. The goals of Kresge Arts in Detroit are to enrich the quality of life for metropolitan Detroiters by helping artists provide a broad spectrum of cultural experiences; celebrate and reflect the richness and diversity of our community in all its aspects; heighten the profile of arts and artists in our community; and strengthen the artistic careers of local artists. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has recognized 126 Kresge Artist Fellows with $25,000 awards, seven Kresge Eminent Artists with $50,000 awards and two Gilda Snowden Award recipients with $5,000 awards, a total of over $3.5 million. kresgeartsindetroit.org

In an effort to provide further support and services to the fellows, Creative Many Michigan, working in collaboration with The Kresge Foundation and Kresge Arts in Detroit, designs and delivers a series of professional practice and engagement opportunities for the artists awarded the Kresge Artist Fellowships. Creative Many Michigan is a statewide economic development organization whose mission is to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan advances the power of creativity through advocacy and public policy, research and reporting, professional practice programs, networking and dialogue for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. creativemany.org

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