From the restoration of an important Detroit techno artifact to theater recasting images of women in power, 41 arts groups, projects and collectives across metro Detroit will receive grants of $3,000 each through a new foundation-backed initiative to bring such projects to fruition.
Last week the foundations along with the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation announced 74 annual grants generally ranging from $100,000 to $5,000 a year for three years from organizations ranging from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association. That was the latest round of the longstanding Detroit Arts Support initiative.
Those grants totaled $12.2 million and introduced a single, streamlined application process by which all four could make individual decisions following a common review process.
The new Creators of Culture grants was created as a new outreach to support smaller, younger, less formal producers who do not meet the minimum requirements of the Detroit Arts Support initiative, for instance not having any full-time staff.
“These projects reflect a broad range of arts and cultural activities that make a positive contribution to their communities,” said CultureSource Executive Director Omari Rush. “They reach audiences beyond those of the more traditional cultural establishments. They are offering arts education – often with a twist – and they display a broad range of creativity.”
“Since the inception of Kresge’s Detroit arts initiatives more than a decade ago, we’ve looked to full ecosystem of cultural creativity,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program. “That includes support for organizations and for individual artist through Kresge Artist Fellows and Kresge Eminent Artists; it includes connecting artists and neighborhoods through AXD. With Creators of Culture, we’re bringing support for a new tier of enterprises that we couldn’t reach before.”
“Since 2009, the Erb Family Foundation has partnered on Detroit Arts Support—a direct result of our belief that culture contributes to quality of life. We are excited to extend the same unrestricted support to a new cohort of arts & cultural groups and look forward to seeing how they will enrich their communities in the year ahead,” said Neil C. Hawkins, president, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.”
“It has been a challenge for small and non-institutional arts endeavors to access philanthropic resources,” said Melanca Clark, President and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. “We see Creators of Culture as essential for reaching this important segment of the arts and culture ecosystem, which will serve to lift authentic stories and voices of Detroit.”
Rush said that CultureSource received 191 applications from which the 41 grantees were selected.
Reviewing the applications, Rush added, “makes us even more energized to find ways to meet the great opportunity for enabling creative expression in our region.”
Among the projects are a new production, “Cleopatra Boy,” by the Detroit-based theater company A Host of People. The play uses the history of Cleopatra to illustrate how women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals in positions of power risk losing control of their own images and histories, resulting in false narratives and misrepresentations.
Another project is Detroit Sound Conservancy’s plan to restore the legendary sound system of the gay bar Club Heaven, which was important in shaping the sound of Detroit techno, which has become renowned worldwide.
CultureSource will offer at least 25 grants of $3,000 in 2020 and 2021. Application details will be announced in the spring of each year.
CultureSource’s mission is to advance the work of organizations that cultivate creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan. Working within that mission includes offering programs specifically for the creators and artists who are part of or who partner with organizations.
Banner Image: A workshop with poet Franny Choi at the Room Project, in Detroit, a space for women and nonbinary writers. Photo by Christin Lee, courtesy the Room Project.
Congratulations, 2019 Creators of Culture grant recipients!
A Host of People
Arab.AMP Spring Gathering 2020
Detroit Bird House
Ballet Edge Detroit
Dearborn Community Fund
“POP” Pockets of Perception – We Are One Community
Detroit Composers Project
Local Composer Commission Project 2019-2020
Detroit Sound Conservancy
The Club Heaven Sound System
Detroit Theater Organ Society
Silents at the Senate
DIGITAL ARTS FILM & TELEVISION
Downriver’s Art Motion
Friends of Historical Hamtramck
Coming to Hamtramck: The History of Hamtramck Immigration Companion Book
Not for Profit
FLY | DROWN
Adapting One Thousand and One Nights for Today’s Youth Theater
Kristi Faulkner Dance
Not In My House
Maamoul Press Publishing Initiative
Young Curators Art Club of Detroit
Ocean: The Life and Times of Phillis Wheatley
Detroit to Brazil and Back: Afro Brazilian Beats and Percussion
Kids and Clay for a Day
Matthew J. Green (Jaye Green)
The dE’FACTION Project
Mexicantown Community Development Corporation
Synergy Southwest Artists and Artisans
Motor Signal Reading Series
Motor Signal Reading Series
New Music Detroit
Strange Beautiful Music
Northville Art House
Young Artist After-School Outreach Pgm.
La Gioconda at Belle Isle Boat House
Back to School with PuppetART at the Southfield Public Library
Stitches Women’s Initiatives
Stitches Doll Project
The Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music
Bringing Music to the Youth of River Rouge
The Motor City Singers’ Space
Mental Health Musical Showcase Series
The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling
Confessions of a Menopausal Femme Fatale
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Therapeutic Recreation and the Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Thistle Rose Academy of Arts
Bare, a Pop Opera
Tiff Massey Studios
Women of Banglatown
Women of Banglatown