Metro Detroit Artists Working in Film, Music, Dance, Theatre
Invited to Apply for $25,000 Fellowships and $5,000 Emerging Artist Awards

Guidelines, Resources and Support Available Now; Online Application opens December 1


Detroit, MI – November 1, 2017 – Metropolitan Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017:  Application Guide Available
Thursday, December 1, 2017:  Online Application Opens
Thursday, January 18, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST:  Application Deadline

Now in its tenth year, the program will award 18 fellowships – nine in Film & Music and nine in Live Arts – to artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties).

Kresge Artist Fellowships are no-strings-attached $25,000 awards. Fellowships also include a professional practice program, designed and delivered by Creative Many Michigan, which includes workshops, seminars, and networking events. Artists at all career stages are invited to apply.

In addition, two Gilda Awards, $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded – one in Film & Music and one in Live Arts.

Gilda Awards recognize artists who are early in their careers, are gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The awards are named in honor of Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014), who was one of the 18 inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies where she taught painting for more than 30 years.

Gilda Awards are chosen from the pool of Kresge Artist Fellows applicants. There is no separate application for the Gilda Awards.

“The fellows program is intended to advance the careers of metropolitan Detroit artists and to shine a light on their creativity and contributions to the community,” says Alycia Socia, Kresge Detroit Program Fellow. “We’re excited to see artists representing an array of communities, genres and practices from the traditional to the most experimental.”

“The fellowship enabled me to connect more meaningfully to the Detroit arts community,” says film director, writer, and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Jasmine Rivera. “Support from, and exposure to, incredible artists in all genres was a powerful affirmation of my work, and encouraged me to create stories with the confidence that voices like mine could be heard and contribute to the city’s cultural landscape.”

Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply for a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship:

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

In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected 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.

“The Kresge Artist Fellowship supported me to turn personal talents into sustainability,” says percussionist and 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow Chi Amen-Ra. “I now have very necessary tools plus a family of people focused on helping me to thrive artistically. My work is now benefiting my family and my community on a larger scale.”

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the applicant workshops, which are designed to help artists submit competitive applications to Kresge Arts in Detroit as well as other sources of support for their creative careers. Visit for full details and to RSVP.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave,
Dearborn, MI 48126

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Jam Handy
2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI  48202

Facilitated by Creative Many Michigan
Saturday, December 2, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Grace In Action
1725 Lawndale St
Detroit, MI 48209

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Friday, December 1, 2017, and must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Guidelines and additional resources are available now at

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded nine Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 162 Kresge Artist Fellowships ($25,000 each), and six Gilda Awards ($5,000 each) for a total of more than $4.5 million given directly to individual metro Detroit artists.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. The Detroit Program collaborates with civic, nonprofit and business partners to promote and expand long-term equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown for its current and future residents.

The College for Creative Studies, Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and de-signers to be leaders in the creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

Kresge Arts in Detroit comprises the Kresge Eminent Artist Award, Kresge Artist Fellowships, and Gilda Awards. Administered by the College for Creative Studies and generously funded by The Kresge Foundation, Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of the 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.

Creative Many Michigan designs and delivers a series of professional practice and engagement opportunities for the artists awarded the Kresge Artist Fellowships, in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and Kresge Arts in Detroit. To provide further support and services to the fellows, the program features individual meetings with Creative Many staff, a kick-off retreat, six group workshops and presenter brunches, alumni-led workshops and validation services (reviewing applications and proposals, providing letters of support and waiving application fees for its Lawyers for the Creative Economy referral program). Since 2009, the program has brought over 171 esteemed arts professionals to Detroit to work with fellows and the wider creative community. Creative Many is the statewide creative development organization and its mission is to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a vibrant and resilient Michigan. It works to frame, empower and invest in Michigan’s creative industries through research, programs, funding, communications, public policy and advocacy. It is headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

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