Last summer we featured the work of 18 visual artists who — from a field of more than 350 applicants — had been designated Kresge Artist Fellows, and honored with $25,000 fellowships to go along with the title. The grants are part of a program funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies.

In the latest phase of the program, 18 fellowships are again available to emerging and established artists, but this time for literary arts (criticism in all disciplines, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, playwriting, interdisciplinary work involving the aforementioned) and performing arts (music composition in all genres, performance art, spoken work, sound, interdisciplinary work involving the same).

The program, Kresge Arts in Detroit, is a community development effort with a goal of strengthening the economic, social and cultural fabrics of our region by strengthening artists. Besides the money, the 18 fellows selected will also receive professional development guidance through ArtServe Michigan. And in addition to the two sets of fellows, the program bestows $50,000 grants on “eminent artists” — painter Charles McGee and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave being the first two given that designation. (Full disclosure: I served on a panel for the program, but wasn’t involved in the artist selection decisions.)

If you’re an interested in seeking a fellowship this is the part you want to know next: Detailed information about the program, application links, reservation forms for an upcoming information session, etc. are online at The information session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the College for Creative Studies (Wendell W. Anderson, Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building, map at website).

Applications are due Feb. 26, and awards will be announced in June.

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