Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support of $50,000 for one Kresge Eminent Artist Award annually to an exceptional artist who has made a longstanding contribution to metropolitan Detroit in the dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts.

The Kresge Eminent Artist Award is given to an artist whose influential work, impact on their art form and proven commitment to the Detroit cultural community are evident. This award recognizes artistic innovation and rewards integrity and depth of vision as judged by the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council, which selects a Kresge Eminent Artist each year.