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2018 Kresge Artist Fellowships

Fellowships and Awards to Detroit Area, Michigan
Artists for Career Advancing Activities

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Kresge Arts in Detroit

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01/18/18 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships of $25,000 and awards of $5,000 to Detroit Area, Michigan individual artists to support professional development activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the informational workshops on December 2, 2017, and January 9, 2018. Applications are accepted from both emerging and established artists residing in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. Collaborative artist groups may also apply.

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Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 awards and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metro Detroit artists. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage.

Gilda Awards are $5,000 prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014). 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.

Fellowships and Gilda Awards are no-strings-attached awards, meaning artists may spend the money on any aspect of their creative practice or life (i.e., making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, etc.).

Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage.

Fellowship Selection Criteria:

-A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work. This is the main determinant in the selection of a fellow;
-The potential to grow and advance in their artistic career;
-The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.

Eligible Artistic Disciplines:

-Live arts - focuses on live performing arts including Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art and Interdisciplinary Work.
-Film and music - focuses on Film Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Music Composition, Music Performance, Sound Art and Interdisciplinary Work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166667

Number of Grants:

Live Arts: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award; Film & Music: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships are $25,000 each. Gilda Awards are $5,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship period is one year (July 2017 – July 2018).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply you must:

-Be 18 years or older; and
-Be a current legal resident of Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties, and have resided in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties for at least the two years prior to the application deadline (January 18, 2016 – January 18, 2018); and
-Intend to remain a resident of the tri-county area throughout the year-long fellowship period.

Artists who have an ongoing demonstrated history of collaborating together may apply together with one collaborative application. Each member of the collaborating group must meet all eligibility requirements above. In addition:

- Applications include 1 primary applicant and up to 4 additional collaborators, and
- Work samples must reflect work that the group of artists created together, and
- Statements and resumes must reflect the experience and
perspectives of the collaborating group

Not Eligible:

-Students working toward any degree at the time of application, or individuals planning to begin a degree-granting program during the fellowship year (July 2018 – July 2019), with the exception of ABD (all but dissertation) status Ph.D. candidates;
-Individuals who received a Kresge Artist Fellowship within the last four years (2014-2017) or a Kresge Eminent Artist Award;
-Current Kresge Artist Fellowship panelists, Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council members, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff, Creative Many Michigan staff, The Kresge Foundation staff, and immediate family members of any of these individuals.

New panels of national and local artists and arts professionals are convened each year. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

While not mandatory, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the application workshops. Workshops provide an overview of the application process, as well as hands on tips, strategies and tools for creating a competitive application. Applicants will be able to hear directly from current fellows, as well as past applicants and Kresge Arts in Detroit Staff.

Writing Artist Statements and Resumes

Facilitated by Creative Many Michigan, this workshop supports artists to craft effective resumes and concise, passionate artist statements. The strategies and tips shared are relevant to the 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship application and more, such as grant applications, websites and marketing materials. Special Guest: Writer, activist, photographer, and multimedia artist Sarah Rose Sharpe and Living Arts Detroit

Saturday, December 2
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Grace In Action
1725 Lawndale Street
Detroit, MI 48209

Application Questions and Answers

Kresge Arts in Detroit will answer last minute questions and answers from fellowship applicants.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may only be submitted online through Slideroom, beginning December 1, 2017. The Foundation strongly recommends completing your application well in advance of January 18, 2018 to avoid missing the deadline due to unforeseen technical problems. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

Selected artists will be announced in June 2018.

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Kresge Arts in Detroit
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

P: 313.664.1150
F: 313.664.1154

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Detroit Area/Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties