Hyperallergic – Art X Detroit Lives Up to the City’s Vibrant Cultural LifeBy Rosie Sharp - April 24, 2015
Trying to notice the impact of the Kresge Foundation on the arts in Detroit is like a fish trying to notice water. Since 2007, Kresge Arts in Detroit (KAID) has provided $15 million in operating support to 80 small, mid-size, and large organizations in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. In 2012, the foundation awarded $4.3 million over two years to more than 60 organizations. But the really hot-ticket item for ambitious and talented players in the Detroit art scene is the $25,000 Kresge Fellowship, administered by the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies — 18 are awarded each year in alternating disciplines, to visual, performing, and literary artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit.
The competition for these fellowships is fierce, prone to much buzz and speculation — this is the water that surrounds the Detroit art community during the annual Kresge application window. But with the revelation of the awardees comes the occasion to notice and celebrate the biennial blowout of Art X Detroit. On a two-year cycle, Art X is a three-week extravaganza and a chance to see free installations, performances, panels, movies, and happenings by the most recent set of Kresge Fellows.
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