CREATORS OF CULTURE GRANTS

A Detroit Arts Support Program

What is the Creators of Culture Grant Program?

Many types of arts activities regularly happen in Southeast Michigan, and regardless of scope and scale, they can contribute to the vitality of our communities. Not all of these activities, though, can be funded by Detroit Arts Support program (the funding partnership of four metro Detroit foundations: Kresge, Erb, Hudson-Webber, and DeRoy Testamentary). So, to widen the range of creative projects that could get a boost from funding, this Creators of Culture grant program specifically targets projects that do not qualify for larger grants—maybe because they are too small, new, or informal—and that do have the capacity for positive artistic and social impacts. Through the Creators of Culture grant program, each year for the next three years, CultureSource will offer at least twenty-five $3,000 grants to creators of culture.

Why is CultureSource involved in the Creators of Culture grant program?

CultureSource’s mission is to advance the work of organizations that cultivate creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan. Working comprehensively within that mission includes offering programs specifically for the creators and artists who are part of or partner with organizations. CultureSource is proud to be working with arts funders to take arts funding to those who create it, regardless of size or structure.

Additionally, below are five of our seven guiding principles, which also describe some of the values behind our work:

  • We must embrace contemporary culture at its core and edges.
  • Cultural organizations of all sizes can be valued as community anchors.
  • We have a responsibility to elevate voices historically oppressed by privilege.
  • We speak clearly, respectfully, and inclusively.
  • We believe creativity is fundamental.

NOTE: Creators of Culture grant recipients do not need to be CultureSource members.

Congratulations, 2019 Creators of Culture grant recipients!

A Host of People

Cleopatra Boy
Detroit

Arab.AMP

Arab.AMP Spring Gathering 2020
Redford

Aratani・Fay

Detroit Bird House
Pontiac

Ballet Edge Detroit

Electric
Bloomfield Hills

Bandhu Gardens

Community Kitchen
Detroit

Cooper Holoweski

Everyday Afterlife
Bloomfield Hills

Dearborn Community Fund

“POP” Pockets of Perception – We Are One Community
Dearborn

Detroit Composers Project

Local Composer Commission Project 2019-2020
Detroit

Detroit Sound Conservancy

The Club Heaven Sound System
Detroit

Detroit Theater Organ Society

Silents at the Senate
Detroit

DIGITAL ARTS FILM & TELEVISION

Community Albums
Royal Oak

Emily Kokay

Downriver’s Art Motion
Woodhaven

Friends of Historical Hamtramck

Coming to Hamtramck: The History of Hamtramck Immigration Companion Book
Hamtramck

Iman Saleh

Not for Profit
Lincoln Park

Imani Mixon

Proper Nouns
Detroit

Jennifer Harge

FLY | DROWN
Highland Park

Kathleen Parks

Adapting One Thousand and One Nights for Today’s Youth Theater
Hamtramck

Kristi Faulkner Dance

Not In My House
Ferndale

Maamoul Press

Maamoul Press Publishing Initiative
Hamtramck

Mack Alive

Young Curators Art Club of Detroit
Detroit

Marion Hayden

Ocean: The Life and Times of Phillis Wheatley
Highland Park

Markita Moore

Detroit to Brazil and Back: Afro Brazilian Beats and Percussion
Ferndale

Marlynne Willingham

Kids and Clay for a Day
Detroit

Matthew J. Green (Jaye Green)

The dE’FACTION Project
Detroit

Mexicantown Community Development Corporation

Synergy Southwest Artists and Artisans
Detroit

Motor Signal Reading Series

Motor Signal Reading Series
Detroit

New Music Detroit

Strange Beautiful Music
Birmingham

Northville Art House

Young Artist After-School Outreach Pgm.
Northville

Noura Ballout

Chosen
Detroit

Opera MODO

La Gioconda at Belle Isle Boat House
Detroit

PuppetART

Back to School with PuppetART at the Southfield Public Library
Southfield

Rick Robinson

Classical Carryout
Detroit

Room Project

Room Project
Detroit

Stitches Women’s Initiatives

Stitches Doll Project
Warren

The Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music

Bringing Music to the Youth of River Rouge
Detroit

The Motor City Singers’ Space

Mental Health Musical Showcase Series
Detroit

The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling

Confessions of a Menopausal Femme Fatale
Detroit

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Therapeutic Recreation and the Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Canton

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts

Bare, a Pop Opera
Farmington Hills

Tiff Massey Studios

PHILPOT
Ferndale

Women of Banglatown

Women of Banglatown
Hamtramck

How to Apply for a Creators of Culture Grant

2019 is year-one of at least three years of funding for Creators of Culture grants. CultureSource will be holding information sessions in the spring or early summer of 2020 to let you know the details and deadline for year-two applications, so stay tuned.

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