November 8, 2023
Application guidelines released
Application guidelines released
Online application opens
Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards announced
This category includes Choreography, Comedy, Dance, Performance Art, Playwriting, Storytelling, Theatre Directing, and Interdisciplinary Work.
Film & Music
This category includes Animation, Film Directing, Music Composition, Music Performance, Screenwriting, Sound Art, and Interdisciplinary Work.
Kresge Artist Fellowships are awards of $40,000, plus professional development support and the creation of an original short film highlighting the artist’s work.
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, College for Creative Studies professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014). Meet the Gilda Award recipients.
Fellowships and Gilda Awards are awarded with no strings attached, which means that artists may spend the money in whatever way makes sense for, and benefits, their creative practice or life (i.e., making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, paying off debt, etc.).
You are eligible to apply if you:
You are ineligible to apply if you:
Eligibility confirmation: If your application advances to the final round of consideration for an award, Kresge Arts in Detroit will require you to submit materials that document your legal residency in the tri-county area for the last two years.
Kresge Artist Fellowships recognize artists who demonstrate:
Gilda Awards recognize artists who are:
All applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of national and local artists and arts professionals. Panelists will remain anonymous until the selected artists are announced in summer 2024.
New panels are convened each year to review applications. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.
While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our virtual information sessions, which are designed to support artists in creating their most authentic and compelling applications for a Kresge Artist Fellowship.
Application Info Session + Walkthrough (virtual)
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Watch the Recording
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Computer and Internet Access
Many local libraries provide free internet and computer access. Search your local Michigan public library at publiclibraries.com
Fellowship applications may only be submitted in English. For translation services, visit Welcome Mat Detroit, a local immigrant integration network, to search their translation service database, or visit Hamtramck-based Bromberg & Associates.
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Be clear and thoughtful. Think deeply about what you do and why it matters.
Select your best work and the work that best represents your practice and your vision.
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