APPLY NOW! 2022 Kresge Artist Fellowships in Live Arts and Film & Music

Metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2022 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Applications must be submitted online via Slideroom between today and January 20. 

Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 20 fellowships and 10 Gilda Awards to artists of all career stages living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no strings attached awards, plus professional development support and the creation of a short film highlighting the artist’s work. Fellowships and Gilda Awards will be divided between the two categories—Live Arts and Film & Music—based on the number of applications received in each category.

Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art, and Interdisciplinary Work

Film Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Music Composition, Music Performance, Sound Art, and Interdisciplinary Work

Fellowship selection criteria includes: a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work, the potential to grow and advance in one’s career, and the potential to reflect, enhance, or impact communities within metro Detroit.

Gilda Awards are for artists who are early in their artistic career, gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The awards honor the legacy of Gilda Snowden (1954–2014), who was one of the 18 inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009, and who taught painting at the College for Creative Studies for more than three decades. The same application covers both awards; applicants may opt in to be considered for a Gilda Award. 

Artist, author, teacher, and 2020 Kresge Artist Fellowship panelist Toby MacNutt recommends applicants, “Tell us what you love. Tell us why this matters to you, why you do the work that you do? What do you dream of doing with it as you move forward?”


There are no exceptions to the deadline. Do not wait until the last day to submit your application!

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