Kresge Arts In Detroit (KAID)

Kresge Arts in Detroit, funded by The Kresge Foundation, and administered by the College for Creative Studies, represents one facet of the foundation’s efforts to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of Detroit. Kresge Arts in Detroit is designed to elevate the profile and strengthen the careers of artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit and to enrich the quality of life for area residents by helping artists provide a broad spectrum of cultural experiences.

Kresge Artist Fellowships consist of an unrestricted $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines. A total of 36 fellowships will be awarded between 2015 and 2016, including nine fellowships in each of the following categories: dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts. Fellowship applications are available each fall, and are reviewed by independent fellowship panels. For more information please visit

Each year, Kresge Arts in Detroit awards one Kresge Eminent Artist Award to an exceptional artist who has made a longstanding contribution to metropolitan Detroit in dance, music, film, theatre, literary arts and/or visual arts. The unrestricted $50,000 award is given to an artist whose influential work, impact on their art form and proven commitment to the Detroit cultural community are evident. The Kresge Eminent Artist is selected by the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council, a volunteer group of leaders drawn from the metropolitan Detroit cultural community. Recipients to date include visual artist Charles McGee, master jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, poet and playwright Bill Harris, poet and publisher Naomi Long Madgett, composer and Michigan Opera Theatre artistic director David DiChiera, photographer Bill Rauhauser and textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee.

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a national philanthropy with deep roots in Detroit.
Six of its seven program areas support nonprofit organizations across the United States, assisting with work to create access and opportunity for underserved communities, improve the health of low-income people, support artistic expression, increase college achievement, and address global climate change.

The foundation’s Detroit Program focuses on Kresge’s hometown.

Using a comprehensive framework, Kresge’s Detroit Program invests in efforts to foster long-term economic opportunity that advances social equity, promotes cultural expression, and re-establishes the city as the center of a vibrant region.

Kresge Arts in Detroit is part of that program.

In addition to providing grant support to arts and cultural organizations in greater Detroit, the foundation funds the Kresge Eminent Artist Award and Kresge Artist Fellows whose work is celebrated at Art X Detroit.

Together with other efforts that incorporate arts and culture into community revitalization, Kresge believes that support for and recognition of the arts enriches the quality of life in southeastern Michigan and promotes innovation and vitality.

The Kresge Eminent Artist Award and fellowships are administered by the College for Creative Studies, which has created a Kresge Arts in Detroit office. The foundation’s other program areas include a national Arts and Culture program, Community Development, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. In 2012, Kresge’s Board of Trustees approved 410 grants totaling $130.6 million; $150.3 million was paid out to nonprofit organizations over the course of the year.

College for Creative Studies

The College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in Midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls nearly 1,400 students from 27 states and 15 countries, pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.


Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is the statewide economic development organization focused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, research/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Located in the heart of Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) functions as a hub for an incisive exploration of ideas in contemporary art. The exhibitions program presents innovative and diverse voices in contemporary art and investigates topics that are germane to the city, encouraging artists to explore new territory, and engaging audiences in re-thinking their understanding of the post-industrial urban context. In its fifth year, the Museum has featured exhibitions by artists from more than 40 countries and has served more than 100,000 visitors.

MOCAD is housed in a 22,000-square-foot building, a former auto dealership designed by Albert Kahn, which has been lightly renovated to retain its historic character. The Museum’s cutting-edge and eclectic series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children and adults.

Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) is a nonprofit planning and development agency charged with revitalization of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Representing over 100 stakeholders, including Detroit’s anchor educational, medical and cultural institutions, MDI provides public space maintenance and security services; marketing support; technical assistance; infrastructure and real estate development; grant administration; and arts programming for the district.

MDI and its affiliate, the University Cultural Center Association, have raised over $56 million in direct support for Midtown initiatives over the past ten years for streetscapes, greenways, parks, community gardens and commercial and residential developments. In 2010, MDI and its philanthropic partners secured over $22 million in loans and grants through the Living Cities Integration Initiative. New programs launched as a part of this national project include a residential incentive program for anchor employees, financing for targeted mixed-use developments, procurement initiatives and a community land trust. In addition, MDI is developing a neighborhood arts district with support from the New Economy Initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as producing a number of major arts festivals and events, including Noel Night now in its 42nd year, Art X Detroit, and Dlectricity, Detroit’s newest nighttime festival of art + light.

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