Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Seventeen metropolitan Detroit artists and one collaborative have been selected to receive 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowships. In addition, two emerging artists will receive Gilda Awards. Funded by The Kresge Foundation, Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards are administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office of the College for Creative Studies. The latest awards support artists working in film, music, dance, theater, performance art and interdisciplinary forms. The 2016 Kresge Artist Fellows in Live Arts. First row: Gloria Rocha (Corazon del Pueblo), Biba Bell, Gabriela Staub (Corazon del Pueblo). Second row: Gary Anderson, LO5, Shaun S. Nethercott, Jose Emmanuel Perez (Corazon del Pueblo), Red Stowall, Ralph Taylor, Jimbo Easter, jessica Care moore. Each fellowship comes with an unrestricted $25,000 prize and a year of professional practice support provided by Creative Many Michigan, including an invitation to an intensive professional development retreat presented by New York-based artist-service organization Creative Capital. The two Gilda Award recipients receive $5,000 unrestricted awards to foster their work. The award is named in honor of artist, CCS professor and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden’s (1954-2014) legacy as a mentor and champion of young, emerging artists in metropolitan Detroit. Among this year’s selected recipients are both iconic Detroit artists and rising stars. Collectively, their work represents a broad spectrum, from traditional to contemporary interpretations of this year’s two fellowship categories, Film & Music and Live Arts. “From emerging practitioners to renowned anchors of Detroit’s artistic community, the 2016 Kresge Artist Fellows exemplify the exceptional talent, vision and dedication that have always defined Detroit’s artists and creative communities,” says Michelle Perron, Director of Kresge Arts in Detroit. The 2016 Kresge Artist Fellows in Music and Film category. First row: Chi Amen-Ra, Christopher Jon Alexander, Joshua Mulligan. Second row: Marion Hayden, Danny Kroha, Sterling Toles, Oksana Mirzoyan, Mahogany Jones, Pamela Wise. Film and Music Fellows Christopher Jon Alexander, Documentary/Fiction Hybrid Filmmaker Chi Amen-Ra, Percussionist Mahogany Jones, Hip Hop Artist Marion Hayden, Jazz Musician Danny Kroha, Musician, Performer Oksana Mirzoyan, Screenwriter, Director Joshua Mulligan, Animator Sterling Toles, Composer, Producer Pamela D. Wise, Composer, Performer Live Arts Fellows Gary Anderson, Theater Director Biba Bell, Choreographer, Dancer jessica Care moore, Interdisciplinary Poet Corazon del Pueblo (collaborative), Folk Dance, Choreography L05, Live Media Artist, Performer Jimbo Easter, Performance Artist Shaun S. Nethercott, Playwright Red Stowall, Choreographer, Dancer Ralph Taylor, Carnival Body Puppet Artist, Performer Gilda Awardees Film & Music: Ellen Coons, Animator Live Arts: Marsae Mitchell, Choreographer & Director The awardees were selected by the following independent panels of local and national artists and arts professionals from among 450 applications. Film and Music Panel Todd Chandler, Filmmaker; Musician; Interdisciplinary Artist; Educator Njia Kai, Curator, Producer Terence Nance, Filmmaker; Visual Artist, Musician Frank Pahl, Composer; 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow; adjunct professor, College for Creative Studies, University of Michigan Pamela Z, composer/performer, media artist Live Arts Panel Penny Godboldo, Associate Professor of Dance, Marygrove College; Master Dunham Technique Instructor Aku Kadogo, Theater Director; Choreographer; Chair, Drama Department, Spelman College Carrie Morris, Director; Puppeteer; Performance Artist Leyya Mona Tawil, Dance Artist; Director, Dance Elixir Sarah Wilke, Managing Director, On the Boards “Detroit lived up to its legacy as home to a wealth of outstanding creative talent,” says panelist Njia Kai. “It was exciting to experience such a diverse sampling of performing artists, and intimidating to distill nine fellows from the hundreds of worthy applicants.” The Kresge Arts in Detroit program represents the foundation’s desire to support artists living and working in the foundation’s hometown, and to elevate the profile of metro Detroit’s artists and creative communities. “These Kresge Artist Fellows and Gilda Awardees exemplify the vision and verve of an arts community that increasingly has the attention of the world,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. “Detroit’s overdue recognition as a center of arts and culture is integral to our ongoing revival. That recognition is a testament to arts organizations, patrons, audiences and others – but fundamentally it’s a testament to our artists, whose work we seek to lift up and amplify through Kresge Arts in Detroit.” Since 2008, the Kresge Arts in Detroit program has contributed over $4 million to the local creative economy through the Kresge Eminent Artist award, Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards in Film & Music, Literary Arts, Live Arts and Visual Arts. This investment in artists and collaboratives working in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties – a total of 156 over eight years – empowers culturally minded thinking and strengthens Detroit’s position as a major center for arts and culture nationally and internationally. “Each year’s announcement of the new Kresge Artist Fellows reminds us of the incredible depth and diversity of talent in our region,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies. “This year’s group of remarkable fellows and Gilda Award recipients is no exception. From emerging experimentalists to iconic figures of the creative scene, they radiate cultural energy. The Kresge Arts in Detroit program continues to showcase Detroit as we know it to be – a wellspring of artistic inspiration and innovation.” Applications for the 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowships in Literary Arts and Visual Arts will be available in fall 2016.