Spread Art is a “by artists, for artists” creative incubator designed to foster new creative work through residencies and collaborations with artists, curators, and arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Spread Art is a home to many Detroit based artists and serves as a place for the artistic community to experiment with new ideas, concepts and realizations and not be afraid to fail in the name of creative exploration.
Spread Art presents multidisciplinary art, music, dance, and performance events in Detroit and beyond. We focus on experimentation, innovation and collaboration across disciplines. We support work that pushes creative boundaries, incorporates technology, invites public participation, and/or explores immediately-relevant social themes.
Spread Art's Detroit-based Artist Residency Program invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. All residencies are ultimately tailored to the individual artist's needs and interests. Visit our residency page for current information and list of 2017 artists in residence. (view 2012-2016 resident artists here).
We are excited for what's in store for 2017 and hope for another year of growth and we are looking forward to the opportunity to Support the creative arts and artists in Detroit.
How has Spread Art grown in the past year?
In the past year Spread Art's Residency Program has grown considerably thanks to a second consecutive year of funding from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the addition of a 3rd residency room and additional studios. Spread Art hosted 25 artists through 23 residencies totaling a full 36 months of residency opportunities! 5 Detroit based artists, 11 national artists from 9 different states and 9 international artists from 7 different countries participated in Spread Art's residency program this past year. Spread also was awarded $35,000 through the Knight Arts Challenge Grant to offer 8 Detroit based artists each a 3 month residency and $1,000 artist stipend.
Spread Art also experienced a growth in the number of events we hosted during the past year having presented 78 events in FY 2016 compared to 52 the year before. With this increase Spread Art was able to reach over 2500 audience members an increase of just over 1,000 attendees.
As a result of increased residency opportunities and an increase in the number of events, Spread Art saw a positive growth in our earned income as well as unearned income during the past year with the overall budget growing from $32,000 in FY15 to almost $40,000 in FY16. With the Knight Arts Challenge funding over the next two years, Spread Art is excited and honored to be able to support Detroit based artists in creating and presenting new work and looks forward to the many creative projects that will come to life during that time.
While we are working on our official Cultural Data Project (CDP) numbers for FY2016 please feel free to Download Spread Art's FY2015 Cultural Data Report
We are excited by this steady growth and look forward to presenting more events, exhibitions and residencies during next year and the years to come!
Hope to see you soon!