Photographer: Stephen McGee

Program

Administered by the College for Creative Studies, Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one aspect of The Kresge Foundation’s investment in the artistic communities of metropolitan Detroit, providing support to artists living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program is a comprehensive community development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region.

In its first 10 years (2009 – 2018), Kresge Arts in Detroit contributed over $5M to local artists, no-strings-attached, through 200 awards. These included 10  Kresge Eminent Artist Awards of $50,000 each, 180 Kresge Artist Fellowships of $25,000 each, and 10 Gilda Awards of $5,000 each.

Goals

  • ENRICH the quality of life for metropolitan Detroiters by helping artists provide a broad spectrum of cultural experiences.
  • STRENGTHEN the artistic careers of artists through professional development. Our partners at Creative Many Michigan and Creative Capital design professional practice retreats and workshops specifically for Kresge Artist Fellows and members of the creative community.
  • HEIGHTEN the profile of arts and artists in our community. The Kresge Arts in Detroit Artist Film Series shares the work of Kresge Artist Fellows and Kresge Eminent Artists through personalized and innovative films.
  • CELEBRATE and reflect the richness and diversity of our community in all its aspects.

Staff

Kresge Arts in Detroit is led by a team of active artists who bring a range of personal, professional, and educational backgrounds to their roles.

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Eminent Artist Panelists

Each year, a group of local artists and arts professionals are convened by Kresge Arts in Detroit to review the Kresge Eminent Artist Award nominations and, utilizing the guidelines and selection criteria, select the Kresge Eminent Artist. Kresge Eminent Artist panelists are experienced and well-respected for their knowledge of and involvement in the local cultural community, and represent a diversity of artistic disciplines, as well as diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, and professional background.

From 2013-2018, the Advisory Council, a volunteer group of leaders in the metro Detroit cultural community, selected the Kresge Eminent Artist.

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Fellowship Panelists

Kresge Artists Fellows are selected by independent panels of distinguished national and local artists and arts professionals. Panelists represent the diversity of artistic styles within the disciplines, as well as diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, and geography.

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Partners

Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. Professional practice opportunities for awarded artists are administered by Creative Many Michigan.

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Contact

The Kresge Arts in Detroit team are happy to answer your questions about the artist fellowship program and offer basic assistance throughout the fellowship application season.