The Kresge Foundation Awards Maria with Prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship
The Kresge Foundation, which invests in the artistic communities of metropolitan Detroit and provides support its artists, awarded Maria with a prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship for her body of work in television, film and theater. Now in its eighth year, the Kresge Arts in Detroit program has contributed $3.5 million to the local creative economy. Maria is a native Detroiter, born and raised in Southwest Detroit - the Latino area of the city and has taken her work worldwide. The Foundation recognized her commitment to contributing to Latino and Afro-Latino audiences and granted Maria with funds to write, produce and perform new media and theater works that represent the Latino community in Detroit, as well as to bring her existing projects which have toured worldwide to Michigan. Through the fellowship and via her production company, Oro Entertainment, Maria wrote, produced and premiered new film/media projects, drawing large and diverse sold out audiences from around in the city.
Maria also debuted her original theatrical works in some Detroit's most renowned venues and introduced the city's Latino talent to other markets through her tours. "The support from Kresge Arts in Detroit has provided me with the opportunity to expand my body of work and to most of all make a difference in my community. My intention is to inspire and unite people through laughter and creativity. It was amazing to see Latinos, African Americans and main stream audiences from various social and economic backgrounds, laugh, dance and celebrate the beauty of our culture." See More on Maria's Tours
The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program is a comprehensive community development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region. This investment in metro Detroit artists helps strengthens Detroit’s position as a major center for arts and culture nationally and internationally. Read More on the Kresge Foundation