Sixteen Detroit artists and two collaborating groups working in the disciplines of dance, music, film, theater, and playwriting will each receive an unrestricted cash award of $25,000 in recognition of their creative vision and commitment to excellence. In addition, fellows will receive professional practice opportunities executed by Creative Many Michigan, including an intensive professional development retreat presented by New York-based artist service organization Creative Capital. Administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit program at the College for Creative Studies and now in its tenth year, the annual fellowship program is designed to advance the artistic careers of artists living and working in Detroit, as well as raise the profile of the area's artistic community.
The foundation also announced that four emerging artists will receive Gilda Awards, bringing the total number of artist awards given during the first ten years of the Kresge Arts in Detroit program to two hundred. The honorees each will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 in support of their work.
"The arts are a vital force in Detroit," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson. "We are honored every year to support the newest recipients of Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards whose work reflect our community's artistic and cultural wealth. While we highlight the talented individuals receiving awards this year, we also celebrate the collective statement and collective impact all of the artists have had across the first ten years of the initiative."
For a list of the 2018 Kresge Artist Fellows, see the Kresge Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Kresge Foundation/Noah Stephens)