Attention Detroit-Area Artists: Application Process for Kresge Artist Fellowships Opens Dec. 1st

We recently published a post titled "What Is Kresge Looking For In Future Artist Fellows?" in which we examined the things Detroit-area artists need to keep in mind when applying for the foundation's Artist Fellowships and its $25,000 prize.

We'll succinctly paraphrase the answer to that question momentarily, but until then, we'd like to build the suspense by passing along the news that, just like that, the foundation announced it will open the application process on December 1st for 2015's round of Artist Fellowships. The online application must be completed by Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Time flies, huh?

The fellowships will provide support for nine literary artists and nine visual artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties), whose "commitment to artistic achievement in contemporary or traditional forms is evident in the quality of their work."

Artists working in the fields of literary arts and visual arts may apply. The former includes fields like creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and spoken word. The latter includes things like book arts, ceramics, drawing, glass, installation, metalwork, painting, photography, performance art, printmaking, sculpture, and more.

Moreover, the foundation is helping applicants navigate the process by providing an online guide as well as two informational sessions. These sessions include "Developing a Strong Application" and "Navigating the Online System."

You'll note, however, it is not offering a session titled "What Type of Proposal Will Increase Your Chances of Getting Grant." And we can't blame them. That would be slightly crass. If you take a closer look at the online guide, you'll get some tantalizing crumbs, albeit wrapped in familiar boilerplate application language (e.g. "Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence"). Fair enough.

This is why we encourage you, once again, to check out our aforementioned post. In a nutshell, all art is contextual, and Kresge is looking for artists who convey a sense of renewal and regeneration in the wake of Detroit's bankruptcy.

Take it away, Rip Rapson, president of the foundation: "As we look to a future beyond the city’s bankruptcy, artists provide an indispensable wellspring of insight and creativity from which our community can draw inspiration and hope."

In short, optimism sells. Dial back the doom and gloom.