The first feature-length film from Kresge Arts in Detroit documents and uplifts the creative practices and critical perspectives of the 2017 Kresge Artist Fellows.

Contact: Christina deRoos,

“Every Given Second,” a feature-length film showcasing the creative practices of the 2017 Kresge Artist Fellows is now available to view online.  The film, created by Detroit filmmakers TheRight Brothers, features never before seen footage and interviews with 18 Metro-Detroit artists who were awarded a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship in the literary and visual arts.

“Every Given Second” was first screened on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at an event at Trinosophes in Detroit. The event featured remarks from two 2017 fellowship panelists (Jorge Rojas, Director of Education and Engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, who served on the visual arts fellowship panel, and Janet Webster Jones, owner and operator of Source Booksellers in Detroit, who served on the literary arts panel), as well as entertainment from 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow, Sterling Toles.

In addition to the feature film, individual films highlighting the creative practices of each of the 2017 Kresge Artist Fellows are now available at


Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. 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 awarded more than $4.5 million through ten Kresge Eminent Artist awards ($50,000 each), 162 Kresge Artist fellowships ($25,000 each), and six Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).

The Kresge Foundation is a 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. Kresge’s Detroit Program collaborates with civic, nonprofit and business partners to promote long-term, equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown. The strategy includes place-based efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents; efforts to strengthen arts and culture, early childhood development, community development and other citywide systems of support; and efforts to bolster civic capacity, the ability of Detroiters to join, influence and lead the city’s renewal.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in the heart of Detroit, educates artists and designers 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, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, 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.

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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