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Knight American Artists Fellowship Fund

To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.


Fostering a love of literature in youth by turning the Eastern Market writing center into a pretend “robot factory” where students create stories to humanize the bots

Adrienne Maree Brown

Engaging artists in the city’s future by expanding a salon series that uses science fiction to envision – and ultimately create – a better Detroit


Bringing together art and the cosmos in Sigi Fest, an annual performance art festival at House Opera | Opera House that aims to rejuvenate the spirit of Detroiters

Alise Alousi

Sharing the stories of recent Iraqi women refugees in Detroit by pairing them with Iraqi artists and writers to develop a series of photo essays about their lives

Anders Ruhwald

Turning a Detroit apartment into an art installation and community space that embraces fire’s transformative qualities, with everything inside made of charred wood, steel, molten glass and black ceramics

Artist-in-residency program

Increasing the public’s understanding of Arab and Arab-American culture through an artist-in-residence program that engages the community and serves as an incubator for new works

Assemble Sound

Exploring the breadth of music talent in the city by pairing local musicians across genres and generations to write, produce and record albums together

Bangla School of Music

Celebrating Bengali culture with a bilingual songbook and CD featuring the works of Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, set to the work of Detroit composer Akram Hussain and reflecting on the immigrant experience of Bengali-Americans in the Motor City

Burnside Farm Detroit

Bringing together art and urban farming by expanding to year-round a series of art installations, performances and community dinners at the farm in a new community space

CAVE Detroit

Helping artists create more ambitious projects by providing financial support for emerging artists exhibiting at this artist-run project space

Carrie Morris Arts Production

Composing new narratives for Detroit by staging an Outdoor Puppet Spectacle Series featuring larger-than-life performing objects that use the city as their backdrop

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