Exterior view of Red Bull Arts Detroit’s headquarters. Photo: Matt Eaton.

Red Bull Arts Expands Its Detroit Contemporary Art Program

Red Bull Arts announced today that it is launching new arts initiatives in Detroit. Beginning in 2019, Red Bull Arts Detroit, an experimental exhibition space located in the historic E&B Brewery in the city’s Eastern Market, will feature an expanded residency program and a microgrant program, and will offer new visiting fellowships for both curators and writers.

Artists-in-residence will be chosen by a selection committee comprising Deana Haggag, president and CEO of United States Artists; the Detroit-native poet Airea D. Matthews; Lucy Mensah, visiting assistant professor of museum and exhibition studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago; Laura Raicovich, former president and executive director of the Queens Museum in New York; and dancer and choreographer John Michael Schert. Each participant will be provided with housing, access to a 14,000-square-foot studio space, and a $12,000 stipend. At the end of the three-month residency, the artists will be able to showcase their works in a group exhibition. 

The curatorial fellowship will grant recipients a $10,000 stipend each and provide them with up to ten months to research, organize, and execute a contemporary art exhibition in the city. The writing fellows will be invited to travel to Detroit twice over a two-month period and will be given time to create new work. They will also receive a stipend totaling $2,000.

The newly established grant program will offer a number of $1,000 grants to local artists, as well as career counseling by Red Bull Arts Detroit staff, on a rolling basis. The organization is now accepting applications for the residencies and fellowships, and will announce the awardees in August. The microgrants program will begin taking submissions in December.