Our Partners

Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. Professional practice opportunities for awarded artists are administered by Creative Many Michigan. Art X Detroit, a biennial presentation of the work of Kresge Artist Fellows, is organized and administered by Midtown Detroit, Inc.

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 Fellowships. 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. Other support comes directly from Kresge.

The foundation’s other program areas include a national Arts and Culture program, Community Development, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $128 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year.

College for Creative Studies

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

Creative Many Michigan

In an effort to provide further support and services to the fellows, Creative Many Michigan, working in collaboration with The Kresge Foundation and Kresge Arts in Detroit, designs and delivers a series of professional practice and engagement opportunities for the artists awarded the Kresge Artist Fellowships. Creative Many Michigan is a statewide economic development organization whose mission is to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan advances the power of creativity through advocacy and public policy, research and reporting, professional practice programs, networking and dialogue for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries.

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 area 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 predecessor organization, the University Cultural Center Association, have raised over $50 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 festival and events, including Noel Night now in its 40th year, Art X Detroit, and Dlectricity, Detroit’s newest nighttime festival of art and light.