Last week, the Kresge Foundation, in partnership with the College for Creative Studies, announced the newest cohort of Kresge Artist Fellows. The prestigious artist fellowship is available to those living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties and provides an unrestricted $25,000 award to develop their craft. The fellowship also includes an intensive professional development retreat.

Philp, Elster, and MacDonald were among the 18 winners chosen from a pool of more than 750 applicants.

Read a bit about each one below, and visit their websites for examples of their work.

Philp, a narrative journalist and narrative nonfiction author, recently released a book called A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City, published in 2017 (Scribner).

Click here to view Philp's full profile.

Click here to visit his personal website.

Elster is the author of The Colored Car (Wayne State University Press, 2013) and Who’s Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press, 2008), written for ages 8 and older, and the Joe Joe in the City series (Judson Press): I’ll Do the Right Thing (2003), I’ll Fly My Own Plane (2002), I Have a Dream, Too! (2002), and Just Call Me Joe Joe (2001).

Click here to view her full profile.

Click here to visit Elster's personal website.

Macdonald is a community activist and artist in Detroit focusing on city history and neighborhood empowerment, and creates large-scale paintings for installation on abandoned buildings, including her Detroit Portrait Series.

Click here to view Macdonald's full profile.

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