Another year, another round of Metro Detroit artists will receive a no-strings-attached stipend to further their artistic journey. The 2022 rounds of the Keres Artist Fellow and Gilda Prize winners in the categories of Live Arts and Film and Music were announced on Thursday.
Now in its 14th round, Kresge Arts has selected 15 film and music fellows, five Live Art Fellows and 10 Gilda Award winners. Artists embrace a range of talents, including music composition, dance, sound art and interdisciplinary work.
Some standout 2022 Fellows include Anishinaabe artist and beadworker Hadassah Greensky, who co-founded Vibes with the Tribes, Michigan’s first original music festival, and music composer Theo Parrish, who began recording Sound Signature in the ’90s. The music studio has been producing vinyl records independently since 1997 using the famous Archer Record Pressing Company on Davison Avenue in Detroit.
Each Craze Fellow will receive $25,000, with Gilda Prize winners receiving $5,000.
“This year the powerful pool of creatives from Detroit demonstrates the importance of dynamic innovation, historical memory and creating transformative spiritual experiences,” said 2022 Film & Music panelist Piper Carter in a press release. “With a commitment to the community, the Craze Artist Fellowship and Gilda Awards represent an appreciation for advancing the artist’s craft and the purposeful ideas we need in and in our world at this time.”
Award recipients are selected by a panel of local and national art practitioners from their respective disciplines. Contrary to what some might think, the awards aren’t a popularity contest based on which name has the most notoriety attached to it—both budding artists and seasoned veterans are recognized. Selection criteria focus on the quality of an artist’s work, their ability to grow and advance in their careers, as well as their ability to reflect, enhance, or influence Metro Detroit communities.
Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $7.36 million to Metro Detroit artists since 2008 through the Kresge Artist Fellowship, the Gilda Awards and the Eminent Artist Awards.
“These are 31 artists we look forward to seeing, hearing and experiencing in the months and years to come, thanks to a program that supports and elevates artists individually,” said Craze President and CEO Rip Rapson said in the release. “But it is at least of equal importance that these artists remind us of the collective contribution of our arts community to our cultural roots and a sense of our future possibilities.”
Below is the full list of this year’s winners:
Craze Live Arts Fellow
- Mark Brewer, Dance
- Deidre DSSENSE SMITH, Performing Arts
- Hadassah GreenSky, Interdisciplinary Work
- Queen Gabby, Dance & Choreography
- thank you very much for visiting, interdisciplinary work
Craze Film and Music Fellow
- Black Milk, Music Composition and Performance
- Leith Campbell, Sound Art
- Ali Allen Kolding, Music Performance DAAY, Interdisciplinary Work
- Demario Dotson, Interdisciplinary Work Carl George, Film Direction
- Akhnaek Kenneth Green, sound art
- Michael Ibrahim, Music Composition and Performance
- D’Sean Jones, Music Composition and Performance
- casewa, interdisciplinary work
- Tammy Luckey, Music Composition and Performance
- Theo Parish, Music Composition and Performance
- Zariboo Shahid, Music Composition and Performance
- Summer Like the Season, Music Composition and Performance
- Kaleigh Wilder, Music Performance
Gilda Awards in Live Arts
- Anatria Cole, Playwriting
- Joel Fluent Greene, Performing Arts
- Trishavana, dance
Gilda Award in Film and Music
- Nova Zai, Music Composition and Performance
- Detroit Bureau of Sound, Music Composition and Performance
- Gary Jay, Film Direction
- Razi Jaffrey, Film Direction
- Jhyla Mosley, Film Direction
- Natasha Best, Interdisciplinary Work
- Jeremy Brockman, Film Direction
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