Kresge Arts in Detroit supports artists living and working in metro Detroit. Through no strings attached awards and fellowships, we elevate artists as they advance their careers on their terms.
16 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards
278 Kresge Artist Fellowships
52 Gilda Awards
$8 Million Awarded to metro Detroit artists since 2008
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.
Kresge Arts in Detroit believes an equitable and just society ensures individuals of all backgrounds and identities are able to fully thrive. In the visioning, planning, and implementation of the program, we are committed to dismantling the historic and systemic mechanisms of oppression that exist within the arts and culture sector. Utilizing a racial equity lens and anti-oppression approach, we strive to ensure that our work contributes to an environment that, collectively, supports all artists of metro Detroit.
In 2022, Kresge Arts in Detroit completed the process to become W.A.G.E. certified. W.A.G.E. is a national program that publicly recognizes nonprofit art institutions and organizations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees meeting W.A.G.E. minimum payment standards. It is the first model of its kind to establish a sector-wide minimum standard for compensation, as well as a clear set of guidelines and standards for the conditions under which artistic labor is contracted. Programs must complete an annual review to maintain their certification.
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.
Stay up-to-date on the latest award announcements, application deadlines, and special artist projects by visiting our Announcements page.