The Miami Foundation donations received

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Basic donee information

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Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 397 35,000 220,502 0 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 35,000 50,000 60,000 96,000 208,000 6,068,000
Technology 4 35,000 106,000 0 0 0 35,000 35,000 35,000 49,000 49,000 340,000 340,000 340,000
Arts 353 32,500 170,030 4,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 32,500 40,000 50,000 75,000 125,000 5,000,000
Communities, Arts 2 10,000 52,500 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 95,000
Technology, Journalism 5 23,450 441,890 16,000 16,000 16,000 20,000 20,000 23,450 23,450 150,000 150,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Technology, Communities, Arts, Journalism 1 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028 16,028
Communities 24 182,000 853,295 19,980 25,000 40,000 54,810 100,000 182,000 208,000 216,000 1,000,000 3,640,000 6,068,000
3 75,000 115,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 1 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585 49,585
FIXME 1 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Radio 1 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563 640,563
Special Projects 1 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Journalism 1 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000 2,100,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee The Miami Foundation

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2014
Knight Foundation (filter this donee) 85,748,763.00 0.00 125,000.00 16,103,000.00 0.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (filter this donee) 640,563.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 640,563.00
Ford Foundation (filter this donee) 150,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 87,539,326.00 150,000.00 1,125,000.00 16,103,000.00 640,563.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (397 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 397)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Ford Foundation150,000.00442018-09-01FIXMEhttp://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all-- Core support for the In Fact project, to produce investigative and explanatory journalism that uncovers the societal harms of new technologies, in particular the ways in which they are deepening and exacerbating existing inequalities. Affected regions: 1045###United States###100; 9177456###No Intention@@@9190990###No Intention; United States; affected countries: FIXME.
Knight Foundation25,000.002392017-09-18Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7100-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring life in two post-industrial cities by pairing artists from Detroit and Glasgow, Scotland, to collaborate on curated exhibitions.
Hewlett Foundation1,000,000.00192017-08-07Special Projectshttps://hewlett.org/grants/the-miami-foundation-for-the-ethics-and-governance-of-artificial-intelligence-fund/-- For The Ethics And Governance Of Artificial Intelligence Fund.
Knight Foundation100,000.00632017-08-04Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7129-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing together art and urban farming by expanding to year-round a series of art installations, performances and gatherings at the farm in a new space.
Knight Foundation6,068,000.0012016-09-29Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6928-- Grant period: 01/01/2016 - 01/01/2019; goal: To promote economic opportunity and strengthen civic engagement in Knight cities by investing in a connected set of civic assets as demonstration projects to reimagine the civic commons and support participating cities with a national learning network.
Knight Foundation35,000.001952016-09-12Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7269-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To share the traditional dances of Mexico's La Huasteca region by partnering with a local dance group and professionals in Mexico to teach the choreography to Detroiters To help preserve Mexican culture, the ballet will partner with a local dance group and professionals in Mexico to teach the interpretation of the La Huasteca region to Detroiters. Each of the six Mexican states of La Huasteca shares music called huapango huasteco, but interprets the dance a bit differently. The ballet will bring a folk ensemble from Mexico to accompany Detroit students as they learn the dance and study the art, culture and history of the region. In 2014, dancers will perform the interpretations from three of the states, in 2015 from all six.
Knight Foundation5,000,000.0032016-08-31Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6722-- Grant period: 03/01/2015 - 02/29/2020; goal: To create the Knight Contemporary Art in Miami Fund engaging South Florida audiences through support for cutting edge exhibitions by emerging and under-recognized artists.
Knight Foundation5,000,000.0032016-08-31Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6723-- Grant period: 03/01/2015 - 02/29/2020; goal: To create the Knight Art Programming and Acquisition Fund to engage South Florida audiences by supporting programming for four unique project galleries at the Perez Art Museum of Miami and providing flexible support for the acquisition of works. Pérez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) collection focuses on international art of the 20th and 21st centuries from the perspective of the Americas and reflects the cosmopolitan makeup of Miami.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation640,563.00242014-05-05Radio/television/print mediahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to raise awareness about the solvability of persistent global health and development issues that are often perceived as intractable, in order to build support among US and UK publics and spur innovation for investment in development...; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Europe.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7248-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand the narrative of the city's creative talent by publishing a series of art books on Detroit-based artists past and present To expand the narrative of the city’s creative talent, What Pipeline, an artist-run gallery in Southwest Detroit, will publish a series of art books that highlight past and present Detroit-based artists. Planned publications include a book of prints by Mary Ann Aitken, a largely unrecognized artist who studied with the Cass Corridor artists in the early 1980s, and a book of poems and photographs by artist, poet, filmmaker and feminist Isaac Pool, whose work explores the fluidity of gender and personality.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7253-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a video series profiling established and emerging artists that will explore the creative processes that drives Detroit's musicians To continue Detroit’s musical legacy, DIRT TECH RECK will work with local music greats and newcomers to create a suite of videos that explore their creative processes. From them, aspiring musicians will be able to learn production techniques and business tips that make Detroit an international city for music. Then, DIRT TECH RECK will work with Submerge and Allied Media Projects to create workshops to expand on the videos’ themes.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7259-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To use hip-hop to spark conversations about the city's cultural heritage and social issues through 'Paint my Roots - Pinta mis Raices,' a series of concerts, workshops and collaborative murals The Raiz Up will launch a series of concerts, workshops and collaborative murals that use hip-hop culture to spark conversations about the city’s cultural heritage and social issues. Each mural will display a QR code that links to a song created by local musicians and youth that reflects that mural. In addition to creating art and community engagement, the project seeks to break down the stereotypes that exist of hip-hop culture by showing its power as a tool for social activism, capable of bringing generations together and stimulating social change.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7263-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate Detroit's former Black Bottom neighborhood by creating a dance piece dedicated to its legacy To celebrate Detroit’s former Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods, Body Rhythm Dance Theatre will create a musical dedicated to its legacy. From the 1920-40s, Black Bottom was the residential area and Paradise Valley was the entertainment hub affording young black entertainers an opportunity to perform. Nearly all of Black Bottom’s inhabitants migrated from the South in search of opportunity and a better life in Detroit. Body Rhythm Dance Theatre will track the highs and lows of one family’s journey from Macon, Georgia, to surviving in the Motor City and ultimately the neighborhood’s demise in the 1960s.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7266-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To invite international curator Jens Hoffmann to create a salon-style exhibition exploring a cross-section of Detroit's visual arts over the past 15 years MOCAD has launched a fresh, salon-style space that will be home to a three-year series guest curated by Jens Hoffmann and entitled Detroit Affinities. These solo exhibitions will present the work of 10 emerging artists, five from Detroit and five from the rest of the U.S. and abroad. Artists will be at the center of the museum community, encouraged to work across disciplines and engage directly with museumgoers. By working with Hoffmann, Detroit-based artists will build their global network and help shape the future of art and culture in the region.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7268-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore Detroit's 20th century history of radical art and politics through 'The Radicalization Process,' a yearlong performance series built on interviews, artifacts and historic footage To explore Detroit’s 20th century history of radical art and politics, The Hinterlands will launch The Radicalization Process, a yearlong performance series built on interviews, artifacts and historic footage. The project will culminate in a full-length touring piece premiering in spring 2016. The group will use its highly physical method of creating original theater to question the nature of extremism in America and to foster conversations between Detroit artists, audiences, activists and skeptics alike. Research for the work will delve into Detroit’s radical history, looking at groups such as the Weather Underground, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and others, in addition to investigating the extreme artistic practices of American performance companies and their ties to radical politics.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7277-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand Corktown Cinema's offerings to include music, performance art and filmmaker and artist talks The Corktown Cinema will create the modern version of the walkable neighborhood cinema, with a new location in either Corktown or Hamtramck that serves the residents of the city’s most densely populated and diverse areas. With funding, the cinema will renovate a facility and begin showing independent and international films not offered locally and foster the local arts community by providing a space to show local films, art and performances.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7286-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To enhance an educational center for African culture by creating and renovating an exhibition and programming space for the African Bead Museum Founded in 1994 in Detroit’s Grand River neighborhood, the African Bead Museum is most recognized by its dazzling outdoor installations of recycled materials, vibrant colors, iron and mirrors by founder Olayami Dabls. Continuing with 12 installations, Dabls’ artwork speaks to the community about the power of African culture and the idea that the creative process can elevate the human experience. The museum, however, has no interior space for exhibits — there is only a small bead shop inside the severely damaged building. Challenge funds will repair the building and create that exhibition space so that the museum can share African artifacts and become a community-based educational center.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7290-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand Brightmoor's community of makers by turning an abandoned home into the Brightmoor Maker Space where neighbors can develop creative skills The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan will work with its partners in the Brightmoor neighborhood to repurpose a building and launch the Brightmoor Maker Space, an incubator for creative enterprises and a community space for sharing and developing skills. The Maker Space will offer art and design workshops—think prototyping, 3D printing, and hands-on work—as well as programming on entrepreneurship, among other topics. The space will also include locally-driven initiatives, from screen printing to the Michele Schara Artist and Designer in Residence Program.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6154-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014; goal: To support 'Library Acts of Culture' -- an initiative that will stage a series of artistic interventions in every library branch in all eight Knight resident communities.
Knight Foundation9,000.00366--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7031-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Helping teens find their musical voice through a residency for this ensemble at the Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach where students will create an original song.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7032-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Instilling an appreciation for theater in West Dade’s children through workshops that lead them through the process of staging a play.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7035-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding a hub for Miami’s makers by constructing an onsite classroom and offering subsidized classes in ceramics, wood, metalworking and 3-D technologies.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7242-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To re-design an existing vacant house as an opera and performance space, in which community members collaborate with visiting artists Inspired by the flexibility of uses for houses in Detroit, this project stages a re-design of an existing vacant house as an opera and performance space, in which community members collaborate with visiting artists. For this multi-year project, McEwen Studio is purchasing and renovating a vacant home, and repurposing it into a performance space and artist residency studio. There, artist groups, including the acclaimed collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, will stage new works that incorporate stories from the Southwest Detroit neighborhood. The project explores what might occur when the borders are erased between art and community, makers and receivers, museums and homes.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7041-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving the art of letterpress by creating a space where the community can learn and practice this handmade form of communication.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7244-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a commissioning program that will fund new works in music and the visual arts and award a prize to an artist for their contribution to Detroit's culture To ensure that Detroit remains a creator and not just consumer of culture, Trinosophes will launch a three-pronged commissioning program aimed at facilitating the creation of new works. The Composer’s Commission will support composers who plan major pieces that require extensive support; the Exhibition Series awards artists whose work sheds light on the city’s cultural contributions; the Trinosphere is a $5,000 cash prize given to an established but under-recognized artist for important contributions to Detroit and Michigan culture.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7044-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Promoting creative expression and empowering young girls through an annual camp where participants are grouped into bands and learn to write and perform an original song.
Knight Foundation12,000.00347--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7245-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To honor the spirit of Southwest Detroit by creating 'Inspiración,' a mosaic mural in the Springwells viaduct, one of the area's main arteries.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7046-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating Bahamian culture by teaching Miami youth to make traditional Junkanoo costumes and instruments, which are used during Coconut Grove’s annual Goombay/Junkanoo Festival and in other events.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7252-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To push the limits of fiber as an art material by hosting free fiber art workshops for teens Founded in 2013 as a way to help revitalize Livernois Avenue the city’s “Avenue of Fashion,” Detroit Fiber Works shows and sells handmade artworks by Detroit artists across mediums, with an emphasis on fiber. In addition, Detroit Fiber Works offers community “Fiber Art Parties,” or workshops teaching fiber art techniques in a no-pressure environment. The space seeks to expand awareness of fiber as an art medium, beyond traditional quilting and needlework to include wet felting, nuno felting, fiber sculpture, papermaking and eco-dyeing. With challenge funding, the center will host a series of interactive community workshops for children, teens and adults that culminate in an outdoor fiber art exhibit on Livernois.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7054-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Activating downtown Miami’s less conventional spaces by expanding this site-specific, temporary public art commissioning program.
Knight Foundation23,000.00273--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7258-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the expansion of Popps' unique artist residency program, which caters to national and international artists with children, providing a holistic space for artists with families to create Popps Packing, which includes a gallery and residency program, will expand the latter by launching the Momm & Popp Artist Residency, an opportunity for artists with families. The program will explore hybrid forms of life and work, in which children can become an intrinsic part of the creative experience. Residencies will range from one to three months, during which time Popps Packing collaborators will provide childcare, giving parents an opportunity to focus on their practice. Resident Artists will use the storefront of the emporium as their own “Mom and Pop shop,” curating exhibitions and creating installations for the public.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7058-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Increasing the visibility of South Florida’s LGBT arts scene through joint programming between the chorus, Island City Stage and Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7264-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To build on a strong history of Detroit percussionists by having former drummers from Detroit-area schools teach and mentor middle and high school students To strengthen the city’s community of percussionists, Detroit Drumline Academy will pair former drummers from local schools to teach and mentor middle and high school students. The goal is to provide opportunities for the students to perform and open them up to opportunities for post-secondary scholarships.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7063-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Supporting the local indie music scene by providing low-cost rentals of audio equipment for independent promoters and nonprofit event producers.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7270-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To present 'The Living Room Series,' an artistic experiment with intimate space that includes contemporary puppetry and multimedia works in a renovated, abandoned house The Living Room Series will provide a venue for contemporary puppet performances by and about Detroiters staged in an intimate space: the domestic interiors of a renovated abandoned house. In an intimate space that seats only 45 people, the series will offer two original plays in 2015, “Ten Lands,” a performance developed with members of the Detroit Fire Department about the similarities between firefighting and Buddhism and “Bebop,” a puppet musical about jazz icons. The series strives to challenge Detroiters’ perceptions that art exists statically and only for specific spaces.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7070-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating new artistic experiences through a month-long performance series that explores water—in April 2016—and fire—in April 2017—as elements that give and take through tragedy and regeneration.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7276-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To use hip-hop to teach students about technology, physical fitness, career goals and communications skills through a summer camp.
Knight Foundation80,000.0083--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7072-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding the city’s successful Jazz in the Gardens music festival to include a music, film and art conference that fosters a deeper exploration of the additional artistic mediums.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7280-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster a dynamic community of Detroit storytellers by offering 'Detroit Film Labs,' a series of workshops to first-time filmmakers in underserved communities To foster storytelling in the city, Detroit Film Labs will offer a series of workshops to first-time filmmakers from diverse communities as they go through the process of developing, producing and distributing their debut feature film. The lab is an intensive, three-month program that will connect a group of 10 Detroit filmmakers with vital resources and pair them with scriptwriting, producing, directing and distribution mentors. Filmmakers will submit one short film and a feature-length narrative script that they are in the process of developing. The lab will be organized by Detroit filmmaker Rola Nashef, whose debut feature, “Detroit Unleaded,” received crucial support from several industry labs during the making and distribution of the film.
Knight Foundation80,000.0083--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7073-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring how the human brain interprets music through the creation of a new form of audience experience that combines classical music performances with advancements in neuroscience, in partnership with the New World Symphony and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7284-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To spotlight challenging new music from the late 20th century through today during “Strange Beautiful Music,” a daylong marathon concert Strange Beautiful Music is a daylong marathon concert featuring challenging new music, from the late 20th century through today. Curated by New Music Detroit, the festival spotlights prominent Detroit musicians as well as guest artists from around the world. With challenge funding, Strange Beautiful Music will take place next at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and offering additional seating and an opportunity to grow and diversify the event’s audience.
Knight Foundation80,000.0083--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7074-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Promoting the works of artists of color who reflect global trends in contemporary art through an annual fair that takes place during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088----https://knightfoundation.org/grants/7285-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a neighborhood gathering place by engaging local artists, youth and residents in Southwest Detroit in designing and building an art-filled public plaza On the corner of Avis and Elsmere streets near Southwest Detroit’s The Alley Project, Young Nation will engage the community in designing and building an art-filled plaza. Built by a group dedicated to youths’ creative expression, the plaza and artist market will serve as a much-needed gathering place for musicians, performing artists and poets to perform, as well as shared space for neighbors to come together. Like The Alley Project, where young artists use an alley as their creative canvas, the plaza will be both a formal and informal meeting space. For example, one day the plaza could be hosting a meeting and the next day be used a skate park by local youth.
Knight Foundation105,000.0061--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7077-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Helping 100 Miami-Dade students push their own artistic limits through a series of orchestral boot camps taking place on teacher planning days throughout the school year.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7289-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To transform an abandoned property next to a North End art gallery into 'The Coliseum,' an outdoor theater and cultural hub meant to strengthen a neighborhood through the arts On an old industrial block on the city’s North End, James Feagin and Edward Siegel of JacobsStreet, along with an art gallery, the Untitled Bottega, will transform an abandoned auto shop into an outdoor exhibition space and public square for artists and the greater community. These structures, like many others that have been left behind, are hollowed reminders of Detroit’s once flourishing industry. In recent years, artists from Untitled Bottega gallery have painted murals, hosted design competitions and invited fellow creatives to explore, and give new life to the space. As more people have come to see the art on display, there is an opportunity to turn the site into a creative outdoor exhibition space and a true hub for the entire community.
Knight Foundation8,000.00367--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7029-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Strengthening the indie filmmaking community through a screenwriter roundtable where participants can get feedback on new material.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7292-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To mount performance artist Nick Cave's 'Biggest, Baddest Performance of All Time!' a series of spectacles around the city As part of artist Nick Cave's solo exhibition at the museum of his alma mater, Cranbrook Academy of Art, he will create his "Biggest, Baddest Performance of All Time!", a series of pop-up performances around the city of Detroit. The African-American artist and dancer is famous for his embellished costumes, called Soundsuits, staged in public spectacle. Though influenced by African art, armor, found objects, fashion and textile design, the Soundsuit is rooted in social critique. Throughout 2015, Cave will stage his largest performance series to date and include impromptu flash-mob Soundsuit invasions throughout the city, dance labs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, a new performance by the artist filmed in Detroit, costuming workshops with children, and the culmination of it all, Figure This: Detroit, a massive processional and performance downtown. Cave's solo exhibition, Nick Cave: Here Hear, runs through October 11, 2015 at Cranbrook Art Museum.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6360-- Grant period: 04/01/2014 - 11/30/2014; goal: To support the third annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival - the only Latin American film festival in Philadelphia and the Tri-State Area.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7037-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating Miami Beach's centennial by publishing a cultural history of South Beach, an exploration of how the arts - music, dance, fashion, visual arts, film, literature, culinary culture and nightlife - have fueled this iconic resort city.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7038-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding audiences for music by hosting mini-concerts in South Florida farmers markets with events preceded by a short explanation of the composer’s inspiration.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7039-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Transforming our county’s sidewalks into playful encounters with "Concrete Poetry," in partnership with Miami Dade County Art in Public Places and O, Miami.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7237-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To build on experimental musicians' interest in Detroit by inviting more artists from within and outside the city to share and record their works The Michigan Underground Group is a collection of individuals working for the advancement of unconventional music — from contemporary composition to jazz and noise. Since 2011, the group has been performing and recording together in a studio the organization rehabbed. With challenge funding, the group will document their work, host recording session with musicians from Detroit and afar, and make those vinyl releases available to the public. The release will coincide with a series of very public performances.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7040-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Developing and giving voice to the next generation of playwrights through a contest where high school students from Broward to Miami-Dade create, rehearse and present short plays and public readings.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7250-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the do-it-yourself movement in both food and the arts by creating a site-responsive theater piece performed in community gardens around the city To celebrate the do-it-yourself movement in both food and the arts, A Host of People is creating a site-responsive theater piece to be performed in community gardens throughout Detroit. Conceived in response to the city’s vibrant community garden movement, The Harrowing draws comparisons between the act of gardening and the act of art making; between nourishing the community with fresh food and nourishing imaginations with new ways of telling stories. The show culminates in a garden party, as hosting is a central theme of the group, which believes that experimental art should be a warm and welcoming experience.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7043-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing attention to the water supply through National Water Dance Miami, a countywide celebration of site-specific dances – involving both professionals and local students –along the region’s shore.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7255-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To engage Latino youth in the theater arts through a bilingual performing arts program in southwest Detroit Students will work with professional Latino playwrights and theater instructors from Detroit and abroad to create an original play that expresses who they are and how they see the world around them. Garage Cultural seeks to provide a fun, safe place for learning, self-expression and creativity.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7052-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Activating a public space through culture by presenting concerts and films in a new plaza in Sweetwater adjacent to Florida International University.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7262-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To weave art into people's everyday lives by creating 'Kamishibai Man,' a bicycle-mounted wooden theater - based on a Japanese tradition - where performers use paper art to tell serial stories During the Great Depression, desperate, unemployed men in Japan created a new art form by relying on their creative skill set. Kamishibai, meaning “paper theater,” consisted of a wooden theater on the back of a bicycle. The men pedaled around their cities, selling candy and telling cliffhanger stories that kept people coming back. Adapting this concept to Detroit, organizers will create a sculptural “art” bicycle featuring a built-in wooden theater that will be pedaled during lunchtime with the hope of encouraging social connections among office workers on break. These presentations will feature original paintings and narratives by teams of artists and writers and will occur in “cliffhanger” fashion over several days.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7061-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Providing a home for world music by rebooting the annual TransAtlantic Festival at the North Beach Bandshell – bringing in more ambitious programming and expanding the event into the adjacent public spaces.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7065-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Providing a new way to explore Key West’s history and culture through an event called Lost at the Beach, where participants use maps and apps to discover performances and installations hidden throughout Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
Knight Foundation70,000.00103--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7283-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To showcase how unique and connected global cultures are by hosting 'Call of the Drum: A Drum Summit' featuring percussionists from around the world To showcase how unique and connected global cultures are, the museum will host Call of the Drum: A Drum Summit, showcasing traditional and contemporary drumming cultures from around the world. The summit, consisting of a two days of distinct performers of local, regional and national prominence, will be a highlight of the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2015. The goal is connect Detroit to the world and the world to Detroit through the primal beat of the drum, one of the instruments most used by ancient peoples around the globe.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7071-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing jazz to more Miamians by launching the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, which will take over several blocks in downtown and continue in various venues.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7291-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring new vitality to the literary arts in Detroit by expanding 'Write a House,' which awards renovated homes to writers based on the quality of their work To bring new vitality to both Detroit neighborhoods and the literary arts, challenge funding will help expand Write a House, which awards renovated homes to writers based on the quality of their work and their commitment to the city. The program aims to address Detroit’s foreclosure and vacancy crisis by rebuilding distressed houses, drawing residents who will bolster a strong literary community and strengthening Detroit’s identity as a champion for the literary arts. Currently, Write a House is renovating three homes in the NoHam neighborhood just north of Hamtramck and has contracted with Detroit Youth Builders so that young residents working toward their GED can participate. Write a House is also developing an orientation program for their writers to help them acclimate to a new city.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7045-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Strengthening an artist-run collective that provides studio space to local artists, gallery space for innovative curatorial projects and artistic programming for the community.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7048-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Helping inspire South Florida artists through a residency program at the waterfront center in Crandon Park.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6260-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 02/28/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To develop a series of shared community experiences that serve as a focal point for all including performances and learning opportunities for area youth. The Greater Akron Musical Association, which operates the symphony, aims to offer a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. During the last three years, the association has been successful in engaging the community with a series of shared experiences, including sold-out runs of “Porgy and Bess” and “Rite of Spring,” and participating in Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture program. New funding will help the association seek even greater community participation in its work. Details are available at www.akronsymphony.org.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7053-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving legacy media, such as 35 mm slides and archival motion pictures, through an archive that serves as a resource for artists, designers, filmmakers and researchers.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7062-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating Overtown’s culture through the sixth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival featuring national and local recording artists.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7064-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating Ibero-American literature and culture through Escribe Aqui/Write Here, a multi-day festival with readings and performances.
Knight Foundation7,000.00371--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7240-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To invite the public to experience both dance and classic architecture by producing 'It Never Really Happened,' an intimate performance inside an apartment in the 1950s Detroit high-rise designed by Mies van der Rohe Biba Bell will invite the public to experience both dance and classic architecture by producing “It Never Really Happened,” an intimate performance inside an apartment in the 1950s Detroit high-rise designed by Mies van der Rohe. Organized as a triptych, the piece is performed at sunset during three seasons: summer, autumn and winter. Each of the three installments is organized around a different mood, architectural element, time of day and seasonal color. The dance enhances the classic modernism of Mies van der Rohe’s architectural treasure Lafayette Park, highlighting the drama of day-to-day rituals against its panoramic backdrop: the park, Eastern Market, church steeples, Ford Field, and downtown.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7067-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring how fear is used in the media by creating sculptures of headless chickens, called Withervanes, that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories.
Knight Foundation7,000.00371--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7241-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore the array of cultures and music in Hamtramck by conducting 'field recordings' of local music - for example, a Bangladeshi street fair or a gospel trio - presented with minimal editing Lo & Behold will record and release a world music series — without traveling the world. Instead, the record and book store will travel around Hamtramck, recording the sounds of the multicultural melting pot. They will seek out and field record the city’s indigenous music, be it from a Polish dance festival, a Bengali street fair, a Baptist sermon or a Muslim call to prayer. The recordings will be compiled into five LPs, each showcasing a different cultural or ethnic group found within Hamtramck.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7069-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Infusing a library with art through a series of solo artists projects and education programs at the Miami Beach Regional Library while the Bass’ building is under renovation.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7254-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster a dialogue around the arts and arts books by supporting a small publishing house and store focused on literary and visual arts books DittoDitto Bookshop is a small, recently opened storefront that houses new and use publications with a focus on independently published books and art books. Challenge funding will help foster the literary community with readings, workshops and a writing and book-making residency that provides artists with a stipend and a place to stay to work on their literary projects.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6255-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 02/28/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To produce at least 110 intergenerational, non-commercial programs per year ranging from intimate cabaret-style concerts to multi-day performances. Over the years, the Akron Civic Theater, which serves 100,000 guests in 120 events each year, has opened its doors to organizations across Akron, to create a shared community space. Knight funding will help deepen those partnerships, and provide a stipend to continue to allow small to mid-sized groups a place to perform. Knowing the Civic is available to them will free these organizations to focus on developing quality work that fuels a vibrant arts community. In addition, the Civic will continue to diversify its audiences with successful programs such as cabaret-style concerts and [email protected] programming. Information is available at www.akroncivic.com.
Knight Foundation5,500,000.002--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4741-- Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2017; goal: To supplement an existing donor-advised fund.
Knight Foundation120,000.0058--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7079-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Providing a space for developing new work and new techniques by piloting a contemporary performance residency program at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood for international and local artists.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277----https://knightfoundation.org/grants/7257-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create community through a four-day festival exploring how West and Central African groups use music and dance to celebrate their culture As a way to build community, the dance company will invite Detroiters to explore how West and Central African groups use music and dance to celebrate their culture. During a series of pop-up events around the city, artists will share their cultural heritage through drumming and dance. The events will culminate in a four-day conference and concert performance.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7080-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Reimagining a classic by presenting a uniquely Miami rendition of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” during the company’s 30th anniversary season.
Knight Foundation28,000.00237--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7260-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To build connections between the urban dance communities in Miami and Detroit through master classes in each city and via video conferencing, anchored by Hardcore Detroit and Miami's 6th Street Dance Studio/Whole Project.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7028-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging transit riders in art by creating a series of artistic billboards along the TriRail tracks that would appear to be an animated flipbook as riders fly by.
Knight Foundation29,000.00236--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7261-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To promote civic pride via 'The Detroit Tattoo Project,' where a local poet is commissioned to create a piece about the city which is then divided and drawn for use on free tattoos that, when reassembled, reveal graphic elements containing a secret image Modeled after similar projects in Lexington, Ky., and Boulder, Colo., The Detroit Tattoo Project has commissioned local poet Jamaal May to write a poem about the city that is divided and drawn on 250 free tattoos. When reassembled, these tattoos reveal a graphic element containing a secret image representative of the city. The image and a video that includes audio of May reading, a photograph of each tattoo, and a musical score by a Detroit-based musician, will premiere at a culminating community event. Artists Todorova and Gohdesee the project as a visible statement of Detroiters’ commitment to their city that builds a network of people committed to supporting the city and each other.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7036-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving classic films by converting a 1986 bookmobile into a portable project booth that brings 16 mm/35 mm and high-resolution digital projection to Miami neighborhoods.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7273-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To use the arts to help youth tell their neighborhood stories by having them conduct research about their communities and convey their findings through “Data Murals” To use the arts to help youth tell their neighborhoods’ stories, Detroit Future Schools will launch a “Data Murals” project that visualizes student research about their community. Professional artists will work with teachers in K-12 classrooms to develop a big question facing the school or community that ties into the curriculum. First, students will conduct research on that question through interviews, field trips and online research. Then, students will analyze the data, create a collaborative design that visualizes the findings, and ultimately create a mural about it in their neighborhood. Data Murals strive to be beautiful public art that engages residents in a critical dialogue about data-driven representations and misrepresentations of their community.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7049-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing the arts more deeply into communities by inviting acclaimed American environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who creates sculptures from community-sourced saplings, to create new site-specific works in the gardens.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7278-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide through a book of photographs and a live performances “Someday they will recognize what happened to us; not during my lifetime, but someday.” That’s what artist Michelle Andonian’s grandmother told her when Andonian was 18 and asked her grandmother how she survived the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century. With Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Andonian is launching a multi-disciplinary project called “Hope Dies Last,” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide. The project will include a book of photographs and multidisciplinary performances in the fall of 2015.
Knight Foundation95,000.0081--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5584-- Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013; goal: To benefit D.A.S.H. design students with a) scholarships for seniors participating in an annual design competition and b) room and board for sophomores and juniors participating in a summer pre-college education program in New York City.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7051-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring the complexities of sea level rise in South Florida through an interdisciplinary performance featuring electronic sounds, orchestral musicians, video and dance in partnership with five prominent local artists.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7279-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To tell the story of Detroit's neighborhoods through sound by creating 'Detroit Music Box,' a suite of community radio shows produced by the people who live there To tell the story of Detroit’s neighborhoods through sound, Detroit Digital Stewards will create a suite of digital radio shows produced by the people who live there. The shows will combine music from the neighborhood, audio from the streets and interviews with neighbors to make a feature track that asserts an identity and vision for the place. Residents and digital stewards or community technologists trained in radio production and community organizing will facilitate each broadcast on community wireless networks.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6257-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 02/28/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand Tuesday Musical's Artist in Residence program allowing members of the community to engage with visiting performers through workshops, lectures and intimate concerts. An organization dear to Clara Knight, mother of the foundation’s founders, Tuesday Musical presents six concerts a season featuring classical music’s greatest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Cecilia Bartoli and Itzhak Perlman. The group is also proactive in getting students to concerts, and providing opportunities for artists and students to work together in area schools. With new funding, this artist-in-residence program will extend the time these artists spend in the city and build workshops and master class opportunities into their visits to further benefit local youth. Details at www.tuesdaymusical.org.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7057-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring climate change through the arts by creating ARTsail, a one-month residency program aboard a sailboat where participants will create work inspired by Miami’s relationship to water.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7281-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create 'Quarter Pop on Grand River,' an arts incubator meant to strengthen local projects by providing access to new skills and storefront spaces To strengthen Detroit’s creative businesses, the center will create Quarter Pop on Grand River, an arts incubator for new ventures. The space will provide mentoring and free marketing so that creative businesses can hone their skills and establish a clientele and audience. Quarter Pop, which will rotate its occupants every quarter, will be a designated space on Grand River that puts artistic start-ups at the crossroads of community and culture by providing them two to three months of access to storefront spaces close to the neighborhoods of Woodbridge, Downtown, Midtown and Corktown.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6258-- Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 02/28/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide extensive arts training for African American youth in Akron through the YEPAW Summer Intensive, a performing arts training program at the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW). For the past 25 years, YEPAW has prepared the next generation of artists, arts leaders and aficionados through instruction in performing and visual arts ranging from piano to video production. The programs are particularly important in exposing young people of color in Akron to high-quality arts training, and opportunities for creative learning and expression. New funding will strengthen YEPAW’s summer institute, which will provide programming to 300 high school students. Organizational information is at www.yepaw.org.
Knight Foundation96,000.0080--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5940-- Grant period: 03/01/2013 - 02/28/2015; goal: To expand The Knight Fund for Local Independent Cinemas by adding a digital presence to an ongoing advertising campaign for participating art house venues in Miami.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7059-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring the realities of living and creating in cross-cultural communities through the “Borderless Caribbean,” a series of exchanges and exhibitions between Miami and Caribbean contemporary artists.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7282-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring the stories of Detroit's ethnic communities to life by partnering with artists and galleries to create pop-up installations featuring photography, listening stations and ambient sound - as well as a segment on WDET WDET will partner with local photographers and galleries to bring the stories of Detroit’s ethnic communities to life via pop-up gallery installations featuring photography and listening stations. The station meanwhile will use its on-air and digital channels to bring together a cross-section of Detroiters to experience the exhibit and neighborhoods. The project aims to connect people through the power of visual and oral storytelling while creating an opportunity for communities to see their own story validated and elevated in a meaningful way. The series will challenge perceptions of the role that public media and galleries play in communities, democratizing each gallery space and challenging them to be more accessible to the public.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7068-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Offering visibility to pianists under 12 through a competition, where the finalists perform with the orchestra at a high-profile concert.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7288-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To host a techno-poetry performance exploring the history of Detroit DJs and their contribution to contemporary music Musical genres such as house, lounge and hip-hop all have roots in Detroit, yet many people still limit the city’s musical impact to Motown. With challenge funding, local artists, led by poet Nandi Comer, will produce a multidisciplinary poetry performance that pays homage to the electronic dance movement and explores the contributions that Detroit DJs have made to it. Word and sound artists will produce recordings weaving research, personal narratives of Detroit residents and original poems. Meanwhile, youth poets with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project will participate through a new summer intensive program on Detroit’s post-Motown music legacy. The project will culminate in a public performance called “ Dancing Through the Night,” in 2015.
Knight Foundation120,000.0058--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7078-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing attention to Miami’s hidden musical talents, many of whom have immigrated to the city and have not yet made it to main stage venues, through a collaborative series with established companies and artists.
Knight Foundation8,000.00367--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7030-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Drawing attention to Miami's vibrant music scene, with the goal of encouraging more bands to play here, by creating a series of illustrations of local performances to be published in print and online.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7033-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating the arts of the African diaspora in Miami by expanding Delou Africa’s annual festival in collaboration with the founders of the national Dance Africa showcase.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7034-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Giving South Floridians an insider’s peek into Miami’s growing indie film and music scene through a website that covers the local industry.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7243-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring local and international musicians together by presenting 'Trip Metal Festival,' a two-day festival featuring electronic music in all its forms To continue Detroit’s strong musical legacy, The Trip Metal Fest will be a collaborative happening that brings together local artists and their international contemporaries. Curated by Detroit-based musician Nate Young from the noise group Wolf Eyes, The Trip Metal Fest will feature electronic music in all its different forms: experimental, industrial, funk, punk, techno and more. The fest will take place during Memorial Day weekend, concurrent with the city’s Movement Festival, to best engage a diverse audience. The events seeks to establish Detroit as a place to see unique music happenings and maintain the city’s long-standing status as the birthplace of revolutionary music genres.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7042-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging Miami audiences with an innovative, fully staged performance of a Pulitzer Prize-winning composition inspired by the visual art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7249-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster artistic discourse in Detroit through a monthly, online art journal that produces reviews, interviews, articles and artist projects As a way to foster artistic discourse in Detroit, ∞ mile (infinite mile), a monthly, online art journal, publishes reviews, interviews, articles and artist projects. Inflecting on Detroit and its nuanced, experimental and diverse art scene, ∞ mile seeks to cultivate discussions and critique. With challenge funding, the journal will begin to compensate contributors, create a printed anthology of each edition at year’s end, and offset operating costs to continue to publish 11 issues per year.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7047-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Promoting discussion about the impact of censorship by presenting a banned play and then producing a new work inspired by incidents of censorship in South Florida.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7251-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Broadside Press, a Detroit-based publisher for many leading African-American writers, by helping digitize its works To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Broadside Press and preserve a piece of American history, the Detroit-based publisher for many leading African-American writers will digitize its works and make them available to students. The Broadside collection includes rare, early poetry and writings from Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Dudley Randall, Sonia Sanchez, Robert Hayden, Etheridge Knight, and Gwendolyn Brooks, in addition to other notable writers of the 20th century black liberation movement. Almost all of this literature is out of print and difficult to obtain. With challenge funding, Broadside will provide free access to these works to K-12 schools by making them available through an e-commerce class website, accompanied by workshops and programming that provides context.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7050-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing Art Hack Day to Miami – an international event, where groups of hackers and artists create an instant exhibition that blends art and technology.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7256-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To formalize and expand a visiting artist-in-residence program dedicated to producing art in and for Detroit To further Detroit as a center for art and design, Ponyride, a creative incubator in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, will expand a residency program for visiting artists vested in producing art in the city. The program will offer free accommodation and a stipend to visiting artists, provided they produce art in Detroit, engage the community through outreach and education, and document their experience with the city.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7055-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Fostering Hispanic theater in Miami, and raising its prominence nationally, through a partnership with the national Latina|o Theatre Commons where the college will host a prominent Latino playwright in residency.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7265-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To commission a well-known bilingual playwright to work with the city's Latino community in developing a new piece, 'Caridad in the Comunidad' Matrix Theatre Company will bring an award-winning playwright, Caridad Svich, to work with Detroit community members in developing a new piece of theater highlighting stories from Southwest Detroit. Svich's work is frequently produced in English and Spanish around the country and abroad. During her residency, she will work with Matrix’s artistic staff and community artists to develop a new bilingual script, which will receive a full production as part of Matrix’s 25th anniversary season in 2016. In addition, Svich will work with teens and offer classes in playwriting.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7056-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding arts education in the region by buying new telepresence equipment so that the center’s staff can interact directly with students in its distance learning arts programs.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7267-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore how fear is used in contemporary media by creating do-it-yourself kits for making dynamic sculptures that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories To explore how fear is used in contemporary media, rootoftwo will expand its “Whithervanes” project, which consists of dynamic sculptures that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories. The first Whithervanes were commissioned by Creative Foundation to debut at this year’s Folkestone Triennial in the form of headless chickens that rotate away from the geographic origin of each story, indicating the intensity of fear through changing colored lighting and the number of rotations each Whithervane makes. With challenge funding, rootoftwo will create an open-source toolkit and provide workshops to help others create their own sculptures to visualize and humanize additional data and information flows. While these sculptures are intentionally humorous, rootoftwo hopes that the public becomes conscious of how contemporary media and political leaders use fear to sway opinions and actions.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7060-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preparing teens for careers in the music industry through The Beats Academy, which will teach a range of topics from music theory to remixing.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7271-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand an outdoor celebration of performance and installation art to neighborhoods across the city The Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts is an outdoor celebration of participatory performance and installation art taking place in Detroit’s Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods. A walkable performing arts festival, the event presents radical, interactive works of performance art that activate neighborhood spaces, from alleys to storefronts and community gardens. Building on the festival’s success, organizers will expand it to additional locations in Old Redford and Detroit.
Knight Foundation55,000.00122--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7066-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating cultural exchanges between Miami and Havana students through joint rehearsals and concerts with Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory Orchestra.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7272-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand the annual Allied Media Conference to include a full music showcase, further exploring the intersection of art and social change Now entering its 16th year, the Allied Media Conference draws 2,000 participants to explore the intersection of art, media and technology for a more creative world. With challenge funding, the conference will expand its music offerings into AMC Music, a showcase for Detroit’s grassroots music scene. The event will include satellite shows across the city in small to medium-sized venues, featuring mainly local acts, in addition to panels and workshops. With 60 percent of participants coming from outside Michigan, AMC Music hopes to cultivate a local-national exchange of ideas and partnerships.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7075-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Cultivating emerging Latino artists through an artist-in-residence program that provides them the space to produce work that reflects and engages the surrounding Little Havana neighborhood.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7274-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore the role and impact of women on hip-hop through a gathering of leading figures in Detroit's digital media, art, dance and performance communities To explore the role and impact of women in hip-hop, Piper Carter will convene a gathering of leading figures in Detroit’s digital media, art, dance and performance communities. The Contemporary Interactive Women in Hip Hop Conference will be a participatory event that produces media, music and film to create a cross-cultural exchange. Organizers hope the conference will help reimagine the role women play in hip-hop.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7076-- Grant period: 11/30/2015 - 11/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary by commissioning and presenting six new American choral works, championing both top composers and emerging talent.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7275-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support a new home for John’s Carpet House, a weekly blues jam session founded by drummer John Estes Since 2003, John’s Carpet House has been a destination for blues musicians and blues lovers on Detroit’s nearly abandoned East Side. Beginning as a weekly jam session, the event takes place Sunday afternoons, May through October, with more than 1,000 people attending to hear Detroit blues in a raw, open environment, setting up barbecue grills and chairs in a few open lots. The event is a labor of love for Pete Barrow, music partner of the event’s founder John Estes, who died in 2006 Challenge funding will secure a permanent home for the event, including land for it and a permanent stage and lighting.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7287-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support Detroit Dance City Festival, a three-day celebration that provides an opportunity for local and national artists to present their work and strengthen ties in Detroit's dance community With two years under its belt, the Detroit Dance City Festival works to strengthen the local dance community by providing three days of master classes by professional and emerging artists. With the help of challenge funding, the festival will expand in coming years, to include additional programming, national and international artist residencies and ultimately a permanent home for organizers ARTLAB J that includes a black box theater and studio space.
Knight Foundation250,000.0035----https://knightfoundation.org/grants/7293-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the diverse work in art and culture that has been presented in the Banglatown neighborhood through a community-wide block party For the past five years, Power House Productions has been working in Banglatown to establish unexpected spaces for presenting arts and culture, essentially turning vacant properties into places for public art installations, performances and programming. To mark the anniversary, Power House will host a year’s worth of programs and organize a community-wide block party with a focus. Working with artists at each of the project houses throughout the neighborhood — Play House, Sound House, Squash House, Jar House, Power House — events will highlight the diverse artists and disciplines the group has supported over the years and the effect on the community at large. Through the events, Power House hopes to celebrate the role of arts and culture in developing and inspiring neighborhoods and lay groundwork for what lies ahead.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7200-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide the community with access to top spoken-word artists through monthly performances and workshops. To increase appreciation for poetry, Button Poetry will bring nationally recognized poets to downtown St. Paul for its monthly Soap Boxing Poetry Slams. Button Poetry will also offer cash prizes for poetry slam winners to encourage participation by local and regional poets. Video of the slams will be uploaded to YouTube. Simultaneously, workshops will support the literary growth of the St. Paul community. This multifaceted approach is designed to encourage poets of all backgrounds and experience to participate, bringing a diversity of voices and audience and an electric competitiveness to the event.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7203-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To highlight the history of St. Paul's unused spaces by energizing them with immersive arts events. To highlight the history of St. Paul’s unused spaces, curious incident will produce three immersive arts experiences focused on raising awareness of the history of St. Paul and its vibrant arts scene. Curious incident will transform three secret, underutilized spaces into creative wonderlands that spark the imagination of and provide memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences for audiences. The group will partner with local artists, musicians, residents and historians to create these events, providing access to places and stories not typically available to the public.
Knight Foundation6,000.00378--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7083-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating “Salon De’troit,” a space led by Marsha Music for artists and thinkers to exchange ideas and explore topics relating to the Motor City.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7204-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create large-scale artworks that celebrate freedom and honor the people who have shaped the city's East Side. To promote "the work of freedom" and to honor the people who have shaped St. Paul’s East Side, the East Side Freedom Library will commission large-scale artworks for the recently vacated 1917 Beaux Arts Carnegie Library as part of the repurposing of the iconic building into an educational and cultural center. The artwork telling the stories of the community will be fitted to the architectural rondelles above the existing library shelves, carved into large new reading tables and displayed as a stairway mural and on moveable exhibition walls.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7086-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Reimagining the Osborn neighborhood as an art destination by commissioning two Osborn-born artists and a fellow Detroit artist to engage the community in creating a large-scale welcome mural.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7220-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To encourage creative expression by creating a space to present high-quality student-produced art events. To encourage creative expression, Gallery 65 will present high-quality, student-produced art and events to the public within Saint Paul’s Creative Arts School. The existing space opens onto a highly trafficked street through a wall of windows visible to pedestrians and drivers alike. Students will not just create the art but learn career skills including how to set up a show, market an event and more. The project is part of an overall renovation of the middle and high school that includes turning an unused pool into a performance space and new music and recording studios.
Knight Foundation250,000.0035--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5810-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: Through a fiscal sponsorship with The Miami Foundation, to develop and stage a large-scale, annual conference called eMerge Americas that serves as a catalyst for establishing Miami as the technology hub of the Americas.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7087-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Sharing the poetry and visual art of imprisoned individuals who meet weekly in a writing workshop by publishing a chapbook series that showcases their art and stories.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7232-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring jazz music back to Selby Avenue through a monthly free concert series at Walker West's new music center. To bring jazz music back to Selby Avenue, the Walker West Music Academy will offer a free concert series at its new music center. Beginning in 2015, the monthly events will take place in the center’s new 75-seat performance venue, and will feature Twin Cities and national artists performing in all-ages concerts. Organizers believe the series will bring critically needed arts and cultural programming to a stretch of Selby Avenue in need of redevelopment.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7088-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating new ways to perceive and navigate the city through “The Detroit Atlas,” a series of maps that demarcate the city based on a variety of perceptions collected from history, weather patterns, public data and subjective experiences.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7197-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To tell the story of womens' roles in the global food system through an interdisciplinary piece. To tell the story of women’s roles in the global food system, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea, visual artist Seitu Jones and behavioral artist Marcus Young will partner with Frogtown Farm, Afro Eco, and the Indigenous Peoples Task Force to produce an evening performance reflecting and honoring the age-old work of women who cultivate, nurture and protect land and agriculture. The work will employ contemporary Indian dance to weave together artistic process and social justice in telling the stories of those whose often-unacknowledged labor sustains communities.
Knight Foundation340,000.0034--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5572-- Grant period: 06/18/2012 - 06/18/2014; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop a collaborative organizing dashboard for governments, outside organizations and the public to use in disaster response and other situations. Summary: When a tornado touched down in her Massachusetts yard, Caitria O’Neill and her neighbors struggled to match the sudden wave of resources with massive community needs. While large aid organizations can deliver significant resources, in each disaster untrained local volunteers must help structure unofficial resources long-term. O’Neill and her sister Morgan O’Neill teamed up with engineer Alvin Liang to create Recovers.org, and to build and deliver Web tools and local hubs for disaster recovery efforts. Their online organizing platform, located at [townname.recovers.org], can be launched before or immediately after an event, to turn interest into aid. Already their platform has helped turn the post-disaster spike in interest into money, supplies and volunteers in five communities. Post-disaster launches are pro-bono, but the team licenses the software to areas interested in preparing and enabling the community’s response. The platform is already being used ahead of a disaster for preparation and community organizing in five communities nationwide.
Knight Foundation14,000.00342--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7091-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving a symbol of local Chicano pride by restoring and completing a mural, the “Shield of Peace and Non-violence,” in Southwest Detroit.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7205-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand this cooperative that provides daily classes and a mentorship program for the hand printing of original artwork. To extend its impact and reach, downtown’s Hamilton Ink Spot will expand its programs to foster the art of printmaking and to make it more accessible to new audiences. The expansion will include letterpress and screen printing classes, a drop-in studio for families and individuals, a print cooperative for mid-career artists, paid internships, a mentorship program for high school-age artists, a mobile printmaking program serving K-12 students and exhibitions of local, regional and nationally recognized artists.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7092-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Helping artists create more ambitious projects by providing financial support for emerging artists exhibiting at this artist-run project space.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7207-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To help develop local screenwriters through a fellowship competition where all finalists receive mentoring and classes to improve their work To develop local screenwriters, the Independent Filmmaker Project will create a new, dedicated fellowship competition for talented screenwriters. All finalists will receive guided mentorships and dedicated classes to refine and improve their work, and one winner will receive a grant to continue developing his/her chosen piece. The new fellowship aims to raise the national visibility of St. Paul and Minnesota screenwriters and screenwriting as an art form locally.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7116-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing the interactive performance installation, “Beware of the Dandelions,” which toured nationally with stories of Detroit’s social justice movements, back home so Detroiters can experience the stories of other cities it visited.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7208-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To transform the city's landmarks by having lighting designer Jeff Bartlett turn buildings into kinetic canvases for light, color and drama To transform landmark buildings in St. Paul, master lighting designer Jeff Bartlett will turn architectural icons into kinetic canvases for light, color and drama. Inspired by the interplay of form and movement on the theatrical stage, Bartlett adds a new layer of visual experience to the nighttime urban landscape; infusing familiar surroundings with a palpable sense of wonder and delight. Entice into Rice begins with cascades of colored light shimmering across buildings surrounding the Park during Winter Carnival 2016. It continues with a series of permanent, artistically designed lighting features within the Park to bring its landscape to life, creating a visual touchstone for a St. Paul evening.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7118-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring the breadth of music talent in the city by pairing local musicians across genres and generations to write, produce and record albums together.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7209-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To amplify artists' and immigrant business owners' voices along Snelling Avenue through mosaics, graffiti art and paint murals that showcase the neighborhood's stories. To amplify the voices of artists and immigrant business owners, Jonathan Oppenheimer will transform a half-mile stretch of Snelling Avenue by commissioning four experienced public artists to create murals that weave together the theme of “starting anew.” Artists Lori Greene, Greta McLain, Eric Mattheis and Yuya Negishi will collaborate with immigrant business owners in creating mosaics, graffiti art and paint murals that reflect the changes in culture and residents, as well as the promise and struggles of the community, over time.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7121-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving hip-hop culture and the legacy of Detroit rapper and producer J Dilla with daylong workshops in art and technology that help youth explore the creative potential of cutting-edge software and tools.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7211-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster a love for music in St. Paul youth by teaching them to perform African and Brazilian rhythms on percussion instruments, preparing for performances at the Saint Paul Saints' new ballpark. To foster a love of music in St. Paul youth, leading Twin Cities drummers, dancers and singers will work with diverse youth using the model of three renowned drum ensembles from Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom. Youth will learn drum styles from around the world, using everything from traditional percussion instruments to garbage cans and brake drums. Their co-created performances will include singing, chanting and original choreography and will take place at the new St. Paul Saints ballpark.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7122-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding the literary arts in Detroit by turning the statewide teen poetry slam “Louder Than a Bomb” into year-round programming for students.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7212-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide high school-aged students interested in music careers with the rare opportunity to attend a prestigious Grammy Camp, staffed by Grammy professionals. To provide high school students with rare opportunities to improve their artistic skills, McNally Smith College of Music will host a GRAMMY camp in summer 2015. St. Paul was chosen as the fourth city in the country, after Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, to host a GRAMMY Camp. GRAMMY professionals will staff the week-long immersive residential camp for talented high school students and offer opportunities to learn about audio engineering, electronic music production, songwriting, performance, journalism, video production and the music business.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7133-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding the DEPE Space residency program for individuals of any discipline whose work expands the thinking around what is possible when art is used as a change agent.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7214-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster the arts in the city's Arab-American community by bringing acclaimed Arab writers and filmmakers to present their works in the city's parks, art spaces and bars. To introduce new audiences to Arab-American arts, Mizna will launch Arab America at Home, a series of cultural events highlighting how the Arab-American experience is an innate part of the American landscape. St. Paul residents, for example, will be able to meet Arab writers at a literary picnic, watch an Arab film outdoors at Meers Park or take part in a community dialogue at a local bar or cafe, and more. Mizna hopes to undo pervasive stereotypes of Arabs and to gather St. Paul residents together to reflect on intersecting experiences of identity, self-expression and creativity.
Knight Foundation70,000.00103--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7216-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To empower immigrants in the Twin Cities to tell their stories through original theatrical performances with puppetry, masks and movement created in collaboration with Masanari Kawahara. To bring the voices of the Twin Cities’ immigrant communities to the forefront, Mu Performing Arts will work with artist Masanari Kawahara to create an original play about the 21st century immigrant experience. Kawahara is himself an immigrant who has shared his own stories through his art. The play will include puppetry, masks and movement – the hallmarks of Kawahara’s distinct theatrical style. Kawahara will gather stories from St. Paul residents for the script, and train participants in movement and basic puppetry, assisted by Mu’s teaching artists.
Knight Foundation19,000.00309--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7222-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To build the Hmong LGBT artist community by creating a studio where artists can create, perform and receive support to creatively share their stories. To build the Hmong/ Asian Pacific Island (HAPI) LGBTQ artist community, Shades of Yellow will open a studio where artists can create, perform and receive support to creatively share their stories. Often HAPI LGBTQ artists have to compartmentalize themselves, being an artist in one space, LGBTQ in a separate space, and HAPI in yet another. This compartmentalization thwarts creativity and community. Shades of Yellow will provide a space and a leadership project that celebrates the intersection of these identities and empowers these artists to lead others to find their voices, explore their identities and creatively share their stories with the world.
Knight Foundation5,000,000.003--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6725-- Grant period: 03/01/2015 - 02/28/2022; goal: To create the Knight Akron Dance Fund, to support artistic excellence and innovation in dance through the establishment of a national center for choreography located on the University of Akron campus.
Knight Foundation12,000.00347--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7227-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To showcase the Saint Paul classical music scene during the Art Crawl through performances in art gallery spaces. To showcase Saint Paul’s classical music scene, The Baroque Room will present performances in art gallery spaces during the October, 2015 Saint Paul Art Crawl. The performances, which will feature a host of local classical music organizations, will aim to showcase the wide variety of classical groups and upcoming performances in the city, and introduce residents to new organizations. All events will be free.
Knight Foundation200,000.0041--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6033-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2014; goal: To support the Miami Foundation's use of online giving technologies for two years in order to raise their community profile and engage new donors.
Knight Foundation125,000.0056--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7230-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To increase audiences for jazz by expanding the outdoor stages in Lowertown for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. To increase audiences for jazz, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival will use challenge funding to add three stages in Saint Paul and bring in top national acts. Launched in 1999 to a crowd of 3,000, the festival has since grown to more than 30,000 people in a free, three-day event based in Lowertown’s Mears Park. In 2015, two new stages in the St. Paul Saints’ Lowertown Ballpark will feature headliners from New Orleans and also Minnesota’s finest jazz artists. A third stage will open in 2016 in historic Rice Park, helping the festival to further expand its footprint and increase attendance.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5763-- Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To support the Miami Foundation's leadership role in the use of online giving technologies and to spread the knowledge and best practices they acquire to other Knight community foundations.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7234-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To engage the commuting public through an intimate streetscape gallery in a vintage fire-hose cabinet near the new Green Line. To engage Green Line LRT commuters, the WorkHorse Coffee Bar will create and curate the “smallest museum in St. Paul” inside a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside its establishment. While pedestrian traffic is expected to climb with the new light rail line, the coffee bar plans to commission artists to transform the outdoor cabinet on a monthly basis into a micro-museum. Organizers envision the site as a space for humor, engagement, reaction and sidewalk discourse.
Knight Foundation4,000.00395--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7081-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding the Michigan Metaphorical Melee, a poetry festival, to include a team poetry slam, showcases of local publishers, workshops and a theater production where local poets perform characters based on their writings.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7194-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the landmark power plant in downtown St. Paul as a largely sustainable fuel source by projecting a light show on the steam plume that billows from the roof To celebrate the landmark power plant in downtown St. Paul as a largely sustainable fuel source, a group of artists will use the steam plume as a screen to project light displays. The light installations on this billowing feature at the District Energy plant, located in the center of the city on a main thoroughfare, will shed light on the community’s collective energy use and bring attention to the significance of sustainable energy.
Knight Foundation4,500.00394--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7082-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Highlighting Detroit’s rock and hip-hop musicians by professionally recording sessions of Corktown Studios’ “unplugged” performance showcase, “The Haunted Wood Revue”.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7206-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To build understanding of the long invisible, yet vibrant North End community through digital storytelling by local youth and adults. To build understanding of the long invisible yet vibrant North End community, In Progress will bring neighbors together to tell stories of life, work and family through digital media. Activities, led jointly by artists and youth, will help North End residents learn the art of storytelling and how to express, through photos, videos and music, what it means to be part of this community. Each activity will be product-driven, so participants receive immediate evidence of their contributions to the collection of stories.
Knight Foundation7,500.00370--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7084-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Using poetry and hip-hop to examine the relationship between citizen and city within the context of “RoboCop,” the science fiction film set in Detroit with parallels to life today.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7217-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To become a major resource in the artistic and social renaissance of Lowertown St. Paul by expanding programming and audience engagement efforts in a new street-level space. To become a major resource in the renaissance of the neighborhood of Lowertown in St. Paul, Nautilus Music-Theater will use its new, street-level space to more deeply engage the public in the arts by expanding its Rough Cuts Series, which involves monthly readings of new works followed by a conversation with the audience. Funding will increase the number of readings, support new works, and help promote the events to the community and more.
Knight Foundation12,000.00347--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7089-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7224-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve the legacy of St. Paul's architecture by restoring the historical company signs that distinguish Lowertown. To preserve the legacy of St. Paul’s architecture, Stahl Construction Company will restore some of the historic company signs that distinguish the Lowertown neighborhood. Some two dozen signs in Lowertown from the 19th to mid-20th centuries were painted by professionals commonly called “wall dogs” directly onto the brick walls of commercial buildings. These signs advertised everything from a cigar factory to carriages and stocks. Stahl Construction will select for restoration and conservation a number of these historic signs from Lowertown’s commercial past.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7095-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring gender and sexuality through a transgender production of Bizet’s “Carmen” where the performance is set in a minimum-security prison reminiscent of the series “Orange Is the New Black”.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7233-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To tell the stories of the state Capitol through a site-specific play generated by the politicians, staffers, reporters and other people who bring the place to life each day. To provide a behind-the-scenes peak of the state Capitol, Wonderlust Productions will stage a community-driven play with music and dance about – and at – the State Capitol. The play will be created using stories shared by a diverse cross-section of people who work at the Capitol, including politicians, staffers, reporters and others. It will be produced and performed by a mixture of Capitol workers and professionals. The performance will explore the place and people that translate civic life into action and keep the wheels of state government turning each day, while also offering participants an opportunity to share their stories, dreams, challenges and victories.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7098-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging artists in the city’s future by expanding a salon series that uses science fiction to envision – and ultimately create – a better Detroit.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7235-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To unite the aural and oral experiences of audiences through musical works that accompany particular dishes created by five St. Paul chefs at events in Studio Z in downtown St. Paul. To meld the musical and culinary arts, composer Ben Houge will create five musical works designed to partner with meal courses prepared by five local chefs. This “food opera” will be served to diners at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul in spring 2016. Each work will be recorded and made available to restaurants to be used to accompany featured dishes. Works will also be available for download on Zeitgeist’s website, along with recipes for the dishes they accompany.
Knight Foundation2,738,500.009--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6197-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 11/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the winners of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Miami, including the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5780-- Grant period: 12/19/2012 - 12/18/2013; goal: To establish a donor advised fund in honor of Belinda Lawrence's service to Knight Foundation.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7101-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving this moment in Detroit’s evolution by partnering with students at the College for Creative Studies to “Re-Document” Detroit in a photo series similar to one done by a professor and students in the 1970s and ’80s.
Knight Foundation7,000.00371--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7196-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring the arts into people’s everyday lives by infusing music experiences into unlikely places in downtown St. Paul during the noontime hour. To bring the arts into people’s everyday lives, American Composers Forum will infuse composer-generated music experiences into unlikely places in downtown St. Paul during the noontime hour. With their project called Landmark to Lowertown, the forum will capture a new audience of downtown workers through outside-the-performance-hall performances by M.anifest, a rapper/musician from Accra, Ghana; Malamanya, a six-member Latin American and Caribbean band; and Beatrix* JAR, a sound art duo that draws inspiration from AM radios paired with flash cameras, modified children’s toys and electronic beats.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7102-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating interactive installations where participants exchange goods, stories and ideas, and take part in up-cycled fashion workshops.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7198-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore the importance of water through art at the St. Paul Water Festival, a Minnesota adaptation of events that take place in Southeast Asia. To increase awareness of Asian art and artists and to explore the importance of water through art, the Asian Economic Development Association will host a St. Paul Water Festival, a Minnesota adaptation of festivities that are held annually in Southeast Asia to celebrate the lunar New Year. St. Paul’s adaptation will feature traditional and contemporary art, music and dance showcases and demonstrations, and interactive take-home activities. The organization hopes to activate underused public spaces, boost creative enterprise and inspire new ways to use these places and gather.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7105-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Providing training for teens in creative industries by launching a youth-led, membership-based community print shop focused on screen-printing, design and entrepreneurship.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7202-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring international artists and their expertise to St. Paul through an annual choreography residency for those working in Brazilian or African Diaspora contemporary dance. To challenge assumptions about African and contemporary dance, Contempo Physical Dance will conduct an annual choreography residency for those who are experimenting with fusing contemporary with Brazilian and African Diaspora dance. Artistic Director Marciano Silva dos Santos will identify one choreographer every year who is an artistic leader in his or her home country, but whose work is less familiar within the regional community. Through extensive workshops, classes and creation of a full-length work for Contempo, these residencies seek to elevate St. Paul as a pioneering site for contemporary dance production and exploration.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7106-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Launching a one-month residency for international and national visual artists who use metal as their primary medium.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7213-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a landmark for St. Paul bicycle culture through a sculpture that doubles as a bike rack. To establish a sculptural landmark for the St. Paul bicycle culture, Paleo-osteological Interpreter Michael Bahl will create the bronze skeleton of a large imaginary mammal in repose; its ribcage will function as a bike rack. A bony crest on the dome of its skull will suggest a bike helmet. Bahl's work, called the Paleo-osteological Bike Rack, focuses on how prehistoric skeletons, while taken for granted as science, can evolve into works of art. When the individual bones are joined in a united effort, a skeleton becomes the ultimate functioning mechanism, or in this case, a whimsical bike rack.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7112-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Providing space and support for Detroit-based visual, performing and literary artists through a three-month residency to create and present new work.
Knight Foundation14,000.00342--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7215-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the city through spoken word by creating a tapestry of poems written by residents in 10 rapidly growing neighborhoods. To celebrate the city through spoken word, this challenge winner will create a literal tapestry of poems written by residents in 10 of the city’s rapidly growing neighborhoods. During the Association’s annual festival, neighborhood teams with the assistance of professionals will create poem that represents their community. Each team will take part in a screen-printing session where their poem is printed onto fabric for their tapestry square. The original textiles will be stitched together. A digital image will be made so that the poem can be shown publicly. Each year a new square will be added to the tapestry to show its evolution.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7117-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation18,000.00310--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7218-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring traditional Indian arts into the community by inviting musicians, poets, dancers and storytellers to celebrate Navarathri, the Festival of Nine Nights, in a public celebration. Inspired by the festival of Navaratri, Ragamala will invite the greater St. Paul community to a public gathering. In South India, Navaratri (the festival of nine nights) is an occasion for communities to come together in one another’s homes, an intimate way of sharing art among families and friends. With challenge funding, Ragamala will transform the Landmark Center’s Weyerhaeuser Auditorium into a South Indian living room filled with traditional displays of art and food. Artists from the Indian community will present short performances, and any guest who wishes to participate—youth and adults of all cultures and backgrounds, celebrated artists alongside people who have never performed in public—will be invited to share his or her art.
Knight Foundation2,124,000.0012--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6143-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the winners of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit, including the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7120-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating a nomadic funk opera by staging cutting-edge outdoor musical performances throughout the city.
Knight Foundation55,000.00122--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7221-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To explore race and racism through community workshops that are paired with a museum exhibition, led by Penumbra Theatre Company, and grounded in theater techniques. To help students more deeply explore race and racism, the museum and Penumbra Theatre Company will use theater workshops to extend the impact of the museum’s exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?” This interdisciplinary experience will explore the distinctions between what science tells us about race (which has changed significantly over the past decade); the history and ramifications of race as a social construct; and the day-to-day experience of race in contemporary America. The workshops, which will take place once the acclaimed exhibition returns from a national tour in 2015, will offer a unique opportunity for students to think and feel deeply about issues within a safe space for learning and exploration.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7126-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Increasing diversity in and accessibility to classical music by providing free tickets and programming – plus TV and online broadcasts – of the annual Sphinx Finals Concert at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Knight Foundation6,000.00378--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7226-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To offer a free monthly music series at this intimate space in Lowertown focused on art forward events. To expand on Lowertown’s interactive art offerings, Sweet 317, a live/work space focused on art-forward events, will offer an intimate music series. The events will combine the visual arts with musical performances in a living room-meets-gallery environment. Organizers hope the series will bring people together to connect with artists in surprising ways.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7130-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Sharing West African traditions with Detroiters by providing a residency for a West African griot who will mentor local youth and artists in the oral traditions of Mali and Senegal, resulting in a performance of Detroit stories.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7195-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create “The Winnebago Workshop,” a mobile classroom where teens are paired with artists to create multimedia stories To enable artists ages 16 to18 to think ambitiously about art-making and storytelling, Alec Soth and the artists at Little Brown Mushroom will create a mobile classroom in a Winnebago. Every month young artists will board the Winnebago and set out to gather the stories of local communities through photography, video, illustration and writing. At the end of the workshops, students will publicly screen their projects on the side of their mobile classroom.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7132-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing more arts programs into Detroit schools by pairing professional performing artists with middle schools that don’t have theater programs for short-term residencies.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7199-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To showcase Latino East Siders through a fictional radio novela/variety show, broadcast on the new Dayton's Bluff FM station. To showcase Latino East Siders, Nuestro Pueblo San Pablo Productions will create a radio and live theater project that will provide an artistic avenue for this growing and active community to express and showcase itself. Three live theater productions at underused neighborhood venues will introduce an accompanying series of 20 fictional radio novela episodes, to be broadcast on WEQY. The project is also designed to mentor and train community members and artists in the art and technical aspects of radio and theater. Nuestro Pueblo San Pablo is a collaboration of Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, WEQY FM community radio, Fire on the Bluff Productions (Barry Madore) and Teatro del Pueblo.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7134-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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 826michigan serves more than 3,000 school-aged students with free writing and tutoring programs in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7201-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To highlight the best of Hmong design through the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show, where contestants incorporate the five traditional Hmong fabrics into contemporary form. To highlight the best of Hmong design, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent will expand the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show, an event featuring designers who are tasked with incorporating five traditional elements into a contemporary form. The show has become the premier platform for emerging Hmong fashion designers/artists and is the only culturally inspired fashion event that exhibits the creativity, originality and quality of work by Hmong designers/artists. The expanded fashion show will provide Hmong artists with career support, valuable entrepreneurial and event organizing skills, resources and more.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7210-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve the art of Somali poetry through a mobile art program offering performances and educational programming. To preserve the art of Somali poetry, Ka Joog will bring a mobile art program to neighborhoods across St. Paul, elevating Somali art forms and creating connections across peoples and communities. The pop-up arts education programs will focus on teaching Somali traditional oral art forms, increasing intercultural understanding, and engaging youth in positive activities that simultaneously connect them with their vibrant cultural heritage. Artists will lead classes that encourage youth to explore poetry, music and theater, and learn to respond critically, thus building bridges for collaboration and exposure for Somali artists.
Knight Foundation8,000.00367--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7085-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Strengthening the Detroit Hair Experience, a hair, fashion and art event for Detroiters to share their passions with each other.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7219-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate St. Paul Hip-Hop through an arts and music series that draws attention to an often overlooked culture in the city. To celebrate and strengthen St. Paul hip-hop, Free Range Music Cooperative and Rogue Citizen artist collective will produce an event series celebrating the genre’s elements and history. Titled CULTURE, the series will feature established visual, performance and recording artists while remaining accessible to artists and fans of all backgrounds and ages. This arts and music series highlights an underexposed subculture in and of St. Paul and prioritizes the creators’ agency in how they are portrayed and how the events are organized.
Knight Foundation32,500.00210--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6111-- Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 05/31/2014; goal: To support key Miami Foundation initiatives, including Our Miami and the Miami Fellows program, by helping fund a National Urban Fellow at the community foundation who will assist in leading programming and public outreach.
Knight Foundation13,000.00345--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7090-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring design tactics for early industrial “balloon-frame” houses in Detroit, a research project that presents alternatives for vacant and publicly owned structures, to be displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7223-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To make art more accessible to the Latino community by creating a community radio show and podcast that provides context on local cultural exhibits and events. To make art more accessible to the Latino Community, radio host Silvia Pontanza will create “Coco’s Latinidad Art Radio Review,” a show and podcast that explains the arts in layman terms for Latinos unaccustomed to the St. Paul arts scene. Moving between English and Spanish, the show will integrate radio skits, interviews, contests, visiting guest artists and reviews, finding a thread that helps a novice take a leap of faith in experiencing the arts. The heart of the show will be Coco, a radio personality Pontaza developed during her time on a popular variety show in Guatemala City.
Knight Foundation22,000.00275--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7097-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Recording a hip-hop violin single featuring Eastside youth performing classical pieces with the beats of three local artists.
Knight Foundation13,000.00345--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7225-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To introduce St. Paul audiences to the tradition of the Indonesian wayang kulit (shadow puppet play), based on traditional stories and current events in Minnesota. To introduce local audiences to Indonesian shadow puppet plays, known as wayang kulit, Sumunar will collaborate with Green T Productions, a local theatre/dance company, to create a Minnesota version. With the Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble providing the energizing musical accompaniment, the traditional form will have a strong local twist, with both shadow puppetry and live acting used for a play derived from history, current events and well-known characters, and generously infused with humor. (Imagine, for example, Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox, riding on the new Green Line.) The result will be an entertainment for all ages.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7099-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7228-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To ensure the city is part of the national discourse on contemporary art by showcasing prominent artists at this artist-run exhibition space. To ensure St. Paul is part of the national discourse on contemporary art, The Bindery Projects, an artist-run exhibition space, will showcase prominent local and national artists over the course of two years. The 2-year-old space sees itself as a platform wehre conversations on contemporay art that are happening internationally can become localized. Challenge funding will help the space expand its mission and feature those interested in how art can stimulate social change, blurring the lines between high art, community art and art-based activism.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7103-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing the stories of a Detroit building to life in “Good Bones,” a multimedia performance of shadow puppetry and projections that explores the Sophie Wright Settlement House and the neighborhood’s stories of perseverance and evolution.
Knight Foundation4,000.00395--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7229-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To infuse a sense of magic and wonder into theater through a storytelling performance that takes place beneath a black tent that travels around the city. To infuse a sense of magic and wonder into theater, The Winding Sheet Outfit will transform a 10-by-10-foot pavilion tent into a versatile but tiny theater. The space will be the setting for several five- to ten-minute pieces – providing curious performances for up to eight audience members at a time. Meanwhile, the outside waiting area will have a vintage carnival-type atmosphere. The organizers seek to surprise audience members with a quieter, more personal experience that evokes a moment of unexpected discovery.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7109-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating a sense of place through art with a series of murals on Southwest Detroit’s commercial buildings that feature Mexican culture along with advertisements.
Knight Foundation7,000.00371--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7231-- Grant period: 09/29/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate cultural unity by commissioning artists to build giant street puppets for the Unify University Community Parade. To celebrate cultural unity, the Unify University Community Parade will commission artists to build giant street puppets for its annual event. The 5-year-old parade is a celebration of pride and power for the diverse areas at the eastern end of University Avenue, including the longtime African-American neighborhoods in Rondo and the Asian and other immigrant communities of Frogtown. Artists will lead neighborhood kids and their parents in group art projects that will be used in the event.
Knight Foundation250,000.0035--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5267-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To engage Detroiters as community leaders by empowering them to use Kiva to champion the success of local businesses.
Knight Foundation32,500.00210--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7110-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation37,500.00193--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7113-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Utilizing the metal armatures of former commercial signage on various Detroit buildings by creating illuminated vacuum-formed sign versions of famous artworks and installing them throughout the city.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7114-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Inspiring the city by programming Cobo’s large exterior screen with digital art from local and national artists.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7115-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Enlivening public spaces with nature-based art through Sidewalks and SideTrails, a residency program that develops and presents walkable performances and installations along the trails of Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7128-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating an interactive ceramic experience for all ages through a mobile clay party where participants work with an artist to decorate a pot, which is fired on site and pulled red-hot from the kiln to reveal unique designs and patterns that serve as a metaphor for creative rebirth.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7131-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Building community through the Cinetopia Film Festival by increasing the number of free screenings and events for underserved audiences while expanding the Detroit Voices program for local filmmakers.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6119-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 07/31/2014; goal: To support Motionpoems' 'Arrivals and Departures' - a public projection of poetry films that will activate Union Depot, the future hub of St. Paul's Central Corridor Light Rail.
Knight Foundation1,000,000.0019--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4121-- Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 04/30/2008; goal: To strengthen the leadership ranks of the Miami region by responding to a challenge that will build an endowment for the acclaimed Miami Fellows Initiative.
Knight Foundation2,100,000.0013--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5254-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2012; goal: To create a journalism education innovation fund that will initially take on a long-term national News21 project at Arizona State University The nationally acclaimed Carnegie-Knight News21 program, created by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is an intensive experience in which students work with top professionals to blend serious, in-depth reporting with innovative digital storytelling to create powerful national investigative news packages. The program started in the 2005-2006 academic year with five schools – the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Harvard University, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. Three years later, seven other schools joined News21 – Arizona State University, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, University of Texas and Syracuse University. It has been headquartered at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2008.
Knight Foundation18,000.00310--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7093-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Sharing Hamtramck through “Stupor,” a zine that collects and publishes true stories from the people who frequent the city’s many bars and watering holes.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7104-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Turning an unused alley behind Popps Emporium into “The Back Forty,” a green corridor and community resource hub that modifies backyard garages and sheds into a chain of art studios, workshops, a tool lending library and more.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7107-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7108-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Highlighting the quality of contemporary art in Detroit by presenting the works in a national and international framework in the new journal Detroit Research.
Knight Foundation2,000,000.0014--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6227-- Grant period: 12/09/2013 - 03/30/2016; goal: To establish a donor advised fund that will provide grants to local, non-profit online news organizations giving them some additional operational support and enable strategic investment toward sustainability and journalistic excellence, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7111-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating the art of letterpress, and the growing number of practitioners and aficionados in Detroit, with “Letterpress Love Fest: Type Takes Over Detroit,” an interactive and collaborative festival of the printing, visual and literary arts.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7124-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Examining the impact of technology on 21st-century life with two architectural installations that propose methods for designing buildings, clothes and objects that can evade electronic means of detection.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7125-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging audiences by bringing to Detroit a newly composed modern baroque chamber opera, “You Us We All,” a work inspired by Beyonce and Bach that reinterprets classical forms for audiences in the iPhone age.
Knight Foundation20,800.00276--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5767-- Grant period: 12/01/2012 - 11/30/2013; goal: To provide operating monies that support networking events and story gathering activities conducted by local Black Male Engagement (BMe) team leaders in Detroit and Philadelphia.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7127-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Presenting a Detroit tour of “The Truth Booth,” a portable film studio in the shape of a speech bubble by Hank Willis Thomas and The Cause Collective that compiles responses to the statement “The truth is…”.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7135-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving the legacy of sculptor Louise Nevelson by restoring one of her prized works and possibly relocating it to the Dequindre Cut Greenway or the Riverfront.
Knight Foundation103,000.0062--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4830-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 07/31/2011; goal: To increase public interest news and information in South Florida by expanding an online video website called uVuvideo.org.
Knight Foundation------Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4982-- Grant period: 11/09/2012 - 11/09/2013; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: The mission of Kon*Fab is to explore news and information through a more serendipitous discovery. Most newsreaders are built on predictive behavior algorithms that can lead to an uninspiring repetitious flow of the news. The mission of Kon*Fab is to explore news and information through a more serendipitous discovery. Kon*Fab will improve user experience by linking news with the real-time activities of individuals inhabiting physical locations. This alternate model for presenting the news will provide users the opportunity to stumble across new people with new interests potentially improving local engagement around news and community.
Knight Foundation18,000.00310--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7094-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Sharing the gospel music of Detroit by reissuing several gospel albums produced in Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7096-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing together musicians at a storefront that sells instruments and accessories, offers repairs, and educates with private and free lessons on playing, do-it-yourself repairs and songwriting.
Knight Foundation1,100,000.0018--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6162-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 11/30/2018; goal: To create the North Carolina Dance Theatre Fund, to support increased audience engagement through the creation and acquisition of contemporary dance works.
Knight Foundation16,000.00316--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6116-- Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 07/31/2015; goal: To support Queen City Soup – a micro-grant program for emerging artists and arts organizations in Charlotte, NC.
Knight Foundation216,000.0038--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5438-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2013; goal: For the BMe Fund which will provide grants to black men in Detroit and Philadelphia who have shared their stories and are engaging others in strengthening their cities Twenty men – teachers, businessmen, writers and pastors among them – have been named the 2012 winners of the BMe Leadership Award, created to honor black men who step up to lead the community. Together these men are engaging and reshaping Philadelphia and Detroit. With the award, the BME Challenge is providing $443,000 in funding to accelerate their work. Hear about the projects they are leading in the videos below. We hope you’ll share them with your friends and colleagues to inspire others to strengthen their communities. Read more about the Challenge and the winners here.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7119-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 11/01/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: 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.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7123-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving the mariachi tradition by expanding the Mariachi Juvenil Detroit program, which trains local youth to become professional mariachis, and creating an all-female ensemble. (via Latin American Social and Economic Development/LA SED).
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7136-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Commissioning artist James Turrell to design Detroit Skyspace, a place for gathering and inspiration at Gabriel Richard Park.
Knight Foundation95,000.0081--Communities, Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5253-- Grant period: 05/15/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To benefit D.A.S.H. design students with a) scholarships for seniors participating in an annual design competition and b) room and board for sophomores and juniors participating in a summer pre-college education program in New York City.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7137-- Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Turning the abandoned childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson into a space that promotes the literary arts via a resident fellow at nearby Marygrove College.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7370-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating powerful, provocative art that reflects the community's dialogues around racism and catalyzes change in viewpoints and perceptions in the area.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7376-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Inviting the global community to submit experiences, memories and observations of St. Paul through a virtual art collaboration that will be curated in exhibitions.
Knight Foundation23,450.00272--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6027-- Grant period: 07/02/2013 - 07/31/2013; goal: For the balance of fiscal agency fees due.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7367-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Experimenting with new art forms by creating a set of percussion instruments from ice and using them to play new compositions during the 2017 Winter Carnival.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6022-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To support Cesar Trasobares in researching, writing and editing a book based on the lives of three acclaimed Cuban-born artists, emphasizing the impact that Miami had on their practice.
Knight Foundation16,028.00315--Technology, Communities, Arts, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5657-- Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: For support of the fiscal agency program.
Knight Foundation16,000.00316--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7373-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Opening a dialogue around cancer and other serious illnesses through a piece by playwright Katie Ka Vang based on her experiences with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6043-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To support the production of the Keepers of the Art Music Showcase and “Teen Forum” - a concert, event series and public television program that will explore societal issues and engage the community through the celebration of “true school” Hip-Hop.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7375-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing one-of-a-kind books made by artists to people on paddleboards and in canoes and kayaks on Lake Phalen through a custom-built floating library.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7377-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Building community and increasing the well-being of older adults by engaging a professional writer to conduct high-quality arts activities with seniors in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone.
Knight Foundation6,000.00378--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7378-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Building a mobile comedy container that turns into a stage on which people can create and share jokes at public events.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7379-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging the public in music-making through the placement of handmade, interactive music boxes in libraries, colleges and skyways and at City Hall.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7380-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing energy and festivity to the streets of St. Paul through a traveling flash mob of flamenco singers and dancers for Christmas and spring processions.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7369-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating community in different spaces throughout St. Paul by staging more than 50 spoken literature events with local writers and music ensembles. (Cracked Walnut).
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7371-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Celebrating the spoken word by bringing together the voices of students with those of professional artists and poets in a series of readings and workshops.
Knight Foundation19,980.00308--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6222-- Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 05/01/2014; goal: To support the WhereBy.Us prototype of a civic innovation hub for Miami that combines small projects, events and journalism to engage the community in local issues.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7368-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Cities Challenge; goal: Exploring racial justice and equity with a series of art-making events that culminate in a community-driven festival.
Knight Foundation54,810.00124--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6454-- Grant period: 08/01/2014 - 12/01/2014; goal: To support and fund an assessment of costs required to deliver a plan for a downtown Miami park and determine the extent of the plan completed thus far.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7372-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Preserving the art of Hmong storytelling by hosting a series of public events that will share a range of love, ghost, orphan and refugee camp stories. In 2016 and 2017 the Hmong Museum will seek an answer with their year-long storytelling series, Hmong Chronicles. The Museum will partner up with local Twin Cities Hmong artists–young and old, writers and oral storytellers–on a series of four events to share and document oral storytelling in the community. The Museum’s hope is to share and preserve Hmong oral storytelling, a tradition beloved by the older Hmong community but often overlooked in the U.S. as educational emphasis is placed on the written language.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7374-- Grant period: 10/02/2015 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Turning the entire city into a performance space through delivery of improvisational performance telegrams to offices, parks and homes.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7364-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing the community together with Dancing Through the Streets, an event in which the audience travels to see performances at six different locations in Lowertown, culminating in a group song and dance party at the Bedlam Lowertown performance space.
Knight Foundation200,000.0041--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3796-- Grant period: 08/01/2005 - 08/01/2007; goal: For the Miami Fellows Initiative leadership program Classes 4 and 5.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7346-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; goal: Presenting a gender-bending production of the 'Pirates of Penzance' staged outdoors on St. Paul's Raspberry Island.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7352-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing Hmong voices to the silver screen through Qhia Dab Neeg, a two-day Hmong film festival at Metropolitan State University.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7353-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing dynamic art into neighborhoods by combining the work of local poets and visual artists on posters in trains and buses. (Arcata Press/St. Paul Almanac).
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7357-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Expanding the geographic footprint of the film festival through events and screenings of nationally recognized independent films in new St. Paul venues.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7360-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring how culture shapes the fear of water with a pool-based performance piece that engages the community to talk about the disproportionate numbers of people of color who cannot swim.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7348-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Combining the talents of 100 flutists with MacArthur Fellow and world-class flutist Claire Chase in a special performance of Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Cutting the Circle of Sounds.'.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7354-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Building community through film by creating a state-of-the art digital cinema theater in a little-used auditorium at the university.
Knight Foundation51,000.00125--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5442-- Grant period: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012; goal: For prize money for the Knight Citizen Engagement Challenge at TED2012 The 2012 TED Prize was awarded to "TheCity20.0rg" at TED2012. Read more here.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7361-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Engaging young black males in the arts through a fellows program that teaches photography, visual arts, filmmaking and writing in the tradition of the late St. Paul artist Gordon Parks.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7366-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Finding the musicality in baseball through a virtuosic, percussive performance by Flying Foot Forum and CRASH that is influenced by real-life baseball signals and plays from St. Paul Saints coaches and players.
Knight Foundation182,000.0043--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6660-- Grant period: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015; goal: To support the development of a DIY walkability toolkit and the testing of that toolkit as an onramp for civic engagement through a series of wayfinding campaigns in two Knight communities.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6226-- Grant period: 11/01/2013 - 05/01/2014; goal: Through a fiscal sponsorship at The Miami Foundation, to support and fund advisory services aimed at establishing a new governance framework and fundraising capacity for Museum Park in downtown Miami.
Knight Foundation3,640,000.008--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5919-- Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 12/30/2016; goal: To tap into the unrealized potential of black men as catalysts for positive community engagement by growing the BMe Network from 3,000 to 30,000 inspired black men and their friends over the next three years.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7344-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Transforming the five-block Little Mekong district with an expanded, two-weekend night market that elevates the work of artists. (Asian Economic Development Association).
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7347-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Transforming the look of Selby Avenue through a large-scale permanent art installation by artist and community activist Ta-coumba Aiken for the wall of the academy's new 6,000-square-foot music center.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7388-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Heart of Glass: Offering creative opportunities with a mobile glass studio that travels to schools and events As a way to offer more creative opportunities to the community, the Heart of Glass will be a mobile glass studio that travels to schools and events and teaches glassmaking. The organizers hope the unit will foster support for a permanent rental and public facility for glassmaking.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7351-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Enlivening Frogtown through a yearlong series of street-level pop-up performances and adventurous educational opportunities. (Dangerous Productions).
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7395-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Nepali Applause: An Open Air Market and Performance Festival: Celebrating the rich history of the Nepali-American population in North Hill with a bilingual variety show featuring art, dance and music Celebrating the rich history of the Nepali-American community in North Hill, Gum-Dip Theatre will create a multidisciplinary performance that explores their history and culture. The project will collect works of art, dance, music and performance by Nepali artists to create a bilingual variety show. The performance, which will transform a grass lot in North Hill, will culminate with an after-party catered by local Nepali food artists.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7355-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Highlighting the voices of Latinos in St. Paul's West Side neighborhood by creating an arts hub with studios for music production, visual arts, performance and more.
Knight Foundation22,850.00274--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7398-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Northside Arts District Outdoor Gallery: Strengthening the Northside Arts District by creating an outdoor art gallery with digital projections on the side of buildings and yearlong displays of visual art mounted outdoors As a way to strengthen the Northside Arts District, Testa Companies will create an outdoor art gallery that showcases the various artists, galleries and events in and around Downtown Akron. The outdoor exhibition will include 10 metal canvases and one digital screen, each surrounded by benches and lighting to enliven the space. Artists, representing various mediums and disciplines, will be chosen through an annual competition.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7356-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring how the theater has changed the lives of a diverse group of St. Paul artists and how, in turn, these artists have shaped the theater community, through a new production to debut in 2016.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7401-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Enlivening and attracting new people to downtown through public art projects To draw more people to and enliven downtown, the Akron Street Art Project will commission six small to mid-scale public art projects for the urban core over the course of a year. The group will bring together focus groups to ensure that each project is not only high-quality but also reflects the community. The group hopes the art will spur economic revitalization as well as keep talented artists in the community.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7358-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Elevating young, high-potential Bharatanatyam dancers through opportunities to participate in an original, professional ensemble production.
Knight Foundation14,000.00342--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4911-- Grant period: 06/01/2010 - 05/31/2011; goal: To host a fundraiser for the opening of Un Techo Para Mi Pais' Miami office with an exhibition of recognized photographer Petra Barth's works showcasing the effects of the natural disasters in Haiti and Chile.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7403-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Electric Pressure Cooker Presents... Bigger Than a Breadbox: Providing a platform for Akron's artists through Bigger Than a Breadbox, a quarterly vaudeville show of local talent that will travel to different neighborhoods In the early 20th century, Akron was a destination for touring vaudeville shows, which offered a variety of specialty acts for the masses at an affordable price. Wandering Aesthetics will adapt that format for the modern audience with Bigger Than a Breadbox, a quarterly vaudeville show that will travel to different Akron neighborhoods and offer high–quality performances curated from local talent.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7359-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Enlivening the Creative Enterprise Zone by transforming a water tower into a beacon wrapped in a backlit, contemporary stained-glass mural.
Knight Foundation18,000.00310--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7382-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Akron Songwriters Workshop: Promoting the art of songwriting by hosting a weeklong summer songwriters workshop for Akron residents Promoting the art of songwriting, the Civic will host a four-day songwriters workshop for people of all skill levels in August 2016. Inspired by similar events offered in cities such as Austin, Texas, and Nashville, the Akron event will present a rare opportunity to work with successful songwriters at the national and regional levels, including Steve Bogard, who has written eight No. 1 country songs and who will lead the workshop. The week will include two evening concerts for the public as part of the Civic’s cabaret series, The [email protected] Civic.
Knight Foundation17,500.00314--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7383-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Exploring the role of arts in building community by bringing Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to speak in Akron and meet with artists and entrepreneurs How can entrepreneurship change the artistic landscape of a city? To help answer that question, and show a framework for success, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will visit Akron and speak to two different constituencies at the Akron Roundtable and at the Akron Art Museum. Gates, an expert at the intersection of arts and community revitalization, has helped transform neighborhoods in Chicago, Gary, Ind, and other cities, and will share his insights and lessons learned.
Knight Foundation12,000.00347--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7387-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Glass Menagerie Through the Prism of Autism: Providing audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people with autism with a theater experience that shows what life is like on the spectrum Using the arts as a way to promote greater understanding, the company will present Tennessee Williams’ “Glass Menagerie” interpreted through the prism of autism. The unique production will include scenes plus pre- and post-show experiences to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. For example, audiences will watch a scene with technology layered on to simulate the sensory overloads that can overwhelm people with autism. The production also will explore the family dynamics involving a young girl with special needs in scenes inspired by Tennessee Williams’ early years. The piece will be produced by Theatre on the Spectrum, the performance wing of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, which employs local theater artists, and provides professional training, internships and careers for young people with autism.
Knight Foundation115,000.0060--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7343-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Raising awareness about the plight of bees, which are dying in large numbers, with a public art project of small bronze bees and sculptures that serve as bee habitats.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7394-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: #overlooked: Producing a series of photographic portraits of a cross section of women leaders in Akron set against the backdrop of underused public spaces, as a way to celebrate their accomplishments while empowering them to improve the city's landscape Using the arts to reimagine downtown, Akron-based photographer Shane Wynn will produce portraits of high-achieving, local women set against the backdrop of underused and vacant spaces in the city. In juxtaposing these successful women – who include inventors, small business owners and school leaders – against the backdrop of empty storefronts and abandoned factories, Wynn hopes to draw attention to the potential of these spaces, launch a discussion on how to use them, and empower women to participate in the process.
Knight Foundation70,000.00103--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7345-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Drawing parallels between the Reconstruction era and today’s social justice movements with a new production that combines figure skating, Afro-modern dance, live vocals and Ida B. Wells’ speeches.
Knight Foundation24,000.00271--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7396-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Akron's Marble Railways: Celebrating Akron as the birthplace of the world's first mass-produced toy - the clay marble - with an interactive, kinetic, sculpture garden of toy marble railways at Lock 3 Park and other public spaces.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7349-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Promoting the Green Line as a creative extension of the community by using the light rail line as the backbone of the 2017 edition of Northern Spark, an all-night, multi-venue arts festival. (Northern Lights.mn).
Knight Foundation2,310,000.0011--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6550-- Grant period: 11/17/2014 - 12/01/2014; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the winners of the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge Miami, including the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7400-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: dreamUP: Bringing together a diverse group of women in a series of workshops where they will create artistic pieces that reflect their individual life visions and goals dreamUP will host collaborative workshops that blend artistry and therapy, providing pop-up spaces throughout Akron where a diverse group of women will create artistic pieces that reflect their individual life visions and goals. Through a series of four workshop experiences, the women will develop an image of their goals through a guided imagery exercise. Participants will then transition their goal images into a unique, 3-D art piece with the guidance of a local female artist. The pieces will be showcased in a culminating exhibit.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7350-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Fostering community conversations on race and the arts in St. Paul through the production and distribution of coffee cup sleeves featuring the words of St. Paul writers of color. (Coffee House Press).
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7407-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating an 'Art Bomb Brigade,' a traveling group of artists that visits neighborhoods in need of a facelift and engages the community in public art-making Using art to revitalize communities, The University of Akron will launch an Art Bomb Brigade, a local team of artists and students seeking to transform highly-trafficked businesses and sites in struggling neighborhoods. The design team will work with local partners to create large-scale imagery that reflects, connects with and enhances Akron’s landscapes. Throughout the duration of each mural bomb, art education staff from the university and volunteers from the Akron Art Museum will present quality arts programming on site to community members.
Knight Foundation45,000.00166--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7362-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Building trust between St. Paul’s immigrant communities by remaking Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” from the perspective of the Latino Garcias versus the Hmong Vangs. (Alberto Justiniano).
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7390-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Girls Rock Camp Akron: Fostering the next generation of musicians by bringing the Girls Rock Camp summer camp, where girls 10-16 write and perform songs, to Akron Fostering the next generation of musicians, Girls Rock Camp Akron will empower young women by teaching them teamwork through music. Girls, 10 to 16 years old, will learn one instrument, form a band with fellow campers and write their own song, which they will perform at a showcase concert at the end of the week. They will also learn other important activities, including how to market their performances and use sound equipment.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7363-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: An artist-created sculptural table that incorporates Dakota place names and information about Dakota sites in the area and serves as a focus for discussion and art presentations at public events and parks. (Healing Place).
Knight Foundation2,502,000.0010--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6551-- Grant period: 11/13/2014 - 11/12/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the winners of the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit, including the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7399-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Improving the cinema experience by purchasing equipment that will allow the Nightlight to create broadcast-quality content, including Skype-based Q&A sessions with directors and filmmakers, high-quality pre-show content, promotional materials and more As a way to reach and connect with new audiences, the Nightlight will purchase equipment to create broadcast-quality content, including Skype-based Q&A sessions with directors and filmmakers as well as online promotional materials. The Q&A sessions will be held after movie screenings, to deepen the audience’s appreciation for the film and the genre. In addition, the Nightlight will create a reality show-style confessional booth that allows audiences to record their reactions to films, which will be shared online.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7365-- Grant period: 10/01/2015 - 09/29/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Creating a community spectacle in Frogtown with a nighttime lantern parade that illuminates the streets with larger-than-life mythical creatures created by local puppet artists and community groups.
Knight Foundation1,365,000.0017--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6552-- Grant period: 11/13/2014 - 11/12/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the winners of the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul.
Knight Foundation67,200.00106--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7381-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Introducing new audiences to collecting art by starting an art rental program, where any resident with a library card can check out works to display in their home As a way to introduce new audiences to collecting art, the museum will start an art rental program, where any resident with a library card can check out works to display in their home. Artists that traditionally show work in museums and galleries will have works hanging in Summit County residences. Living with original works of art fosters a deeper connection with the art and artists. The library program will pay regional artists for their works, contributing to the local arts economy, promoting arts dialogue and connecting to new audiences.
Knight Foundation7,000.00371--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7384-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Garage Band: Activating a space for artists by turning the Akron Symphony's garage bay into a stage for local musicians to perform in open-mic events and jam sessions The Akron Symphony will turn a space adjacent to its office in the Northside District into a community space for live music and artistic collaboration. At the Garage Band, local musicians will play during the Akron Art Walks, in an open-mic event. The space will also be open during certain hours every week for local musicians to use to practice, learn, teach and enjoy music together. The symphony will also create casual educational videos where members of the symphony and local artists of different genres will talk about their instruments and styles.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7298-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To expand the reach of the company's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival which produces an array of workshops reflecting the diversity of the African diaspora. To strengthen Afro-Cuban culture in Miami, IFE-ILE will expand the offerings of its four-day festival that features a fusion of contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban dance. The event also includes a symposium, street fair and workshops. The 2015 festival also will host the premier of “Entre Cielo y Tierra,” choreographed by the group’s founder Neri Torres and reflecting the experiences and contributions of Cubans who arrived in the United States during the Mariel boatlift.
Knight Foundation6,650.00376--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7391-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Highland Square Film Festival: Telling Akron stories through a film festival of local works Building community through film, the Highland Square Neighborhood Association will create a film festival that will encourage residents to create and submit their own works related to Akron and Northeast Ohio. Original screenplays and stories will be encouraged, with a focus on using Akron as a subject of the film. The Highland Square Film Festival will partner with community organizations to provide training on screenwriting, storytelling and video editing/production to prepare interested individuals in crafting their submissions for the winter 2017 event.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7341-- Grant period: 09/29/2015 - 09/27/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Irrigate: Rondo is an artist-led placemaking project in and about the Rondo neighborhood.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7303-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a performance series that mixes 20th century science and science fiction movies with musical improv and multimedia presentations. To bring art and science enthusiasts together, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host a performance event series, Science Art Cinema, that mixes 20th century science and science fiction films with performances and multimedia presentations. Science Art Cinema presents 16mm motion pictures and newly commissioned films, and enhances them with live music or theater, guest speakers and multimedia presentations, curated by Kevin Arrow, Frost Science Art & Collection Manager, Barron Sherer, Media Archivist, and Jorge Perez-Gallego, Frost Science Astronomer and Exhibition Developer. The series will culminate in a call for newly created and locally made films, in addition to a book, to which the community will be asked to contribute.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5632-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Miami Film Festival Fund, to support the Miami International Film Festival as it enters its fourth decade of programming.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7392-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Akron Soul Train - A Residential Artist Village: Supporting the work of grassroots artists by launching Akron Soul Train, a series of refurbished rail cars and shipping containers that will be turned into housing, galleries and studio space Supporting the work of grassroots artists, Kasota Artist Management will launch the Akron Train, a residential village for creatives. Emphasizing Akron’s history as the home of the first electric railway, the village will consist of refurbished passenger rail cars, shipping containers and tiny houses that will be turned into residential spaces, gallery and studio spaces for artists who have been awarded fellowships. Fellows will contribute to the Soul Train through proceeds from sales of their art to the community and fees for workshops and events. Schools and community groups will be encouraged to visit the village and learn and make art, while the artists will also make outreach trips to the surrounding area.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7306-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To engage local choreographers in creating site-specific work in non-traditional spaces that is free to all. To provide opportunities for local choreographers, the Pioneer Winter Collective's Grass Stains project will commission site-specific works throughout Miami that are free and open to the public. The participating choreographers will choose from a set of curated, nontraditional locations that will heighten the level of site-specific work in Miami. Grass Stains will help these choreographers hone their skills in site-specific performance, as well as provide them with the opportunity to be mentored by noted Guggenheim Fellow and Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director Stephan Koplowitz. Grass Stains seeks to help professionals push the boundaries of their practice, make their work accessible to a wider audience, and create work that is socially and culturally relevant to their community.
Knight Foundation125,000.0056--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7393-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders: Sharing the voices of Akron by enabling residents to submit a short video of an original poem, some of which will be displayed on posters on local buses and in public spaces Celebrating Akron’s many voices, the Wick Poetry Center will expand its award-winning Traveling Stanzas project, engaging the community in a cross-cultural, intergenerational conversation through the inclusive voice of poetry. Working with refugee and immigrant populations and the Akron and Kent public schools, the center will offer poetry workshops to encourage people of all ages to share their voices and stories. Visitors to travelingstanzas.com will be able to record and submit a short video of an original or published poem in their own language with a brief commentary about its significance in their lives. A selection will be paired with graphic designs for posters to be displayed on Akron buses, outdoor kiosks in North Hill and other public spaces. From those works, the center will create a traveling digital exhibit featuring large touchscreen displays where users can browse poems and videos in at least five languages, and discover a shared humanity through the intimate voice of poetry.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7342-- Grant period: 09/29/2015 - 09/27/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Strengthening a platform for Hmong artists of all disciplines by expanding the center’s Hmong Arts and Music Festival, which draws thousands to its annual showcase. (Center for Hmong Arts and Talent / CHAT).
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7322-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To share the stories of modern-day Marines and their families through a multimedia performance based on their wartime experiences. To share the stories of modern-day veterans, MDC Live Arts will present Basetrack Live, a multimedia performance based on the real words of veterans and their families. Taking place in the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, the performance will use photos and video from photojournalists working in Afghanistan. With an original live score and script based on testimonials by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the show tells the stories of those stationed abroad and their families as they struggle to cope with separation and the uncertainties of war. MDC Live Arts will bring these experiences to the forefront locally through a season-long initiative designed to build bridges between Miami’s veteran and civilian populations and focus attention on the issues facing veterans post-deployment.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7404-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival: Building on Akron's musical legacy by launching a downtown jazz festival that features local and national talent Building on Akron’s musical legacy, organizers will launch the Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival, featuring world-class jazz and blues free and open to the public in Downtown Akron. Expected to grow into a five-day festival in coming years, the event will first take place over a weekend at three indoor venues – the Akron Museum of Art, BLU Jazz + and Musica – in addition to two outdoor stages. The festival will also work with local churches, schools and community groups on an outreach component that will teach children to play a musical instrument.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7323-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To infuse Downtown Miami with the arts by expanding a cabaret-style, weekly jazz performance series in the lobby of the Gusman Center. To infuse downtown Miami with the arts, the Olympia Theater will expand its monthly jazz performance series in the lobby of the Olympia Theater. Started in 2013 and curated by the Miami Jazz and Film Society, the “In the Lobby Lounge: Jazz” series has grown to host more than 200 patrons a month in a cabaret-type setting, with free admission and local ensembles performing. In 2015, the Olympia will produce a weekly lobby event that includes jazz in addition to other genres of music, poetry, storytelling and performance art.
Knight Foundation74,500.00102--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7385-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 03/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Bringing training to local jazz musicians through a series of master class workshops at BLU Jazz+ led by top musicians Fostering the next generation of jazz performers and enthusiasts, BLU Jazz+ will create a Jazz Master Class Workshop, where students of all levels can learn from the pros. These experienced professionals will present a workshop before they take the stage at BLU for their evening performance. The classes will be recorded so that they can be shared online.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7328-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate Mexican culture by creating a children's mariachi academy in South Dade. To celebrate Mexican culture, the Mexican American Council will create a mariachi academy for the children of farmworkers in South Dade. Working in partnership with local schools, the Mexican consulate and South Dade’s business community, the council will recruit children enrolled in the Migrant Education Program, and bring highly qualified instructors directly to the labor camps to teach them about the music, how to play the instruments and instill a love for the arts.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7386-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program for High School Students): Building the next generation of art critics by having local journalists train high school theater and journalism students in writing reviews, and then honoring the best work at an awards show To help build the next generation of art critics, this effort will launch a local chapter of The Cappies, the Critics and Awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers and critical thinkers. Local theater critics will train teams from participating schools to write thoughtful reviews on all aspects of theater, including lighting, costumes, music and acting. At the end of the year, the best pieces and their writers are honored at a Tonys-like celebration.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7329-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To enhance music instruction at Miami's only El Sistema-modeled orchestral program by implementing a new teacher training program for professional artists. To enhance music instruction at Miami’s only El Sistema-modeled orchestral program, Miami Music Project will implement a new Teaching Artists Training Program for professional artists. In 2015, Miami Music Project will engage 30 teaching artists to provide free instruments and music instruction to over 400 Miami children in Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana and Doral locations. These musicians follow a unique curriculum customized to the heralded El Sistema, a new model for social change and a visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music, which requires specialized training focused on leadership and social skills development. This training will provide comprehensive and meaningful coaching experiences and practical tools to professional musicians, empowering them to become 21st century artist educators.
Knight Foundation37,000.00194--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7389-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Optics of Memory: Enlivening downtown by building a public art series based on 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi's exhibition 'The Optics of Memory,' a multimedia piece about the formation of memory and collective consciousness This project seeks to enliven Downtown Akron by building a public art series based on 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi’s exhibition “The Optics of Memory,” a multimedia piece about the formation of memory and collective consciousness. Organizers will offer a series of outdoor, interactive experiences, including a live, cinematic performance by Kasumi, and opportunities for the public to create their own media art using gaming technologies.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7334-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring South Floridians together at the festival, which strives to provide music, workshops and events that nourish both brain and body To bring South Florida together through music, Knight Foundation funding will support the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance, a four-day event that seeks to nourish minds, bodies and souls. The event will feature South Florida musicians and visual artists, a dance tent with workshops, a stage dedicated to the best of world music and a sustainability fair featuring green businesses and organizations. On site, participants can take a Salsa dance class, help build community structures for the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, learn carpentry skills, experience yoga and tai chi, and dance to the sounds of South Florida's best musicians as well as world class international artists.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7397-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Intensive Music Classes for Akron's very young: Fostering the next generation of artists and arts advocates by taking the Ohio Conservatory's intensive music class into local classrooms and introducing 4- to 7-year-olds to all the elements of music.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7340-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To showcase Miami through images by creating a photography center at the museum focused on curating exhibits and engaging the community in documenting life in South Florida. To tell Miami stories through images, HistoryMiami will create a photography center at the museum focused on curating exhibitions and engaging the community in documenting life in South Florida. The museum already houses more than one million historical images, including Miami Herald and Miami News collections and 30 years of ethnographic documentation of the region’s cultural heritage. The Center will collect photography from the public, capture images through its own documentation projects, offer photography programs, and more. With these activities, the center will capture, safeguard, and share the images that illuminate the Miami experience.
Knight Foundation6,410.00377--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7402-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Developing Alternatives for Women in New Communities (DAWN): Helping Bhutanese women who came to Northeast Ohio as refugees improve their sewing and craft-making abilities, and market their products To help Bhutanese refugee women strengthen their sewing and craft making skills, DAWN provides free lessons on how to better make and market their works. With donations of fabric from the community, the women turn former silk saris and other garments into designer clothing and items like scarves, shopping bags and more. Sales proceeds compensate the women and provide them with job skills.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7405-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: The Curated Storefront: Bringing more art into the city by activating unused storefronts in downtown with multimedia art installations that showcase local and regional artists Bringing more art into people’s everyday lives, the Curated Storefront will be a series of ongoing exhibitions activating unused storefronts with multimedia art installations along Main, Market and Exchange streets. The series will showcase the work of exemplary local and regional artists along with other local art and cultural objects, while attracting more people to the city’s urban center. Local artists and curators from area art museums and institutions will be invited to organize rotating shows involving the visual and performing arts, design, experimental video and new media projects.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7406-- Grant period: 03/15/2016 - 10/31/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: Dance.r.evolution: Engaging new audiences by bringing together classically trained ballet dancers with local hip-hop dancers, graffiti artists and urban/pop musicians to create new work Working to expand and engage audiences, Neos Dance Theatre will bring together its classically trained choreographers with local urban dancers, graffiti artists and urban/pop musicians to learn from each other. After a yearlong creative process, the group will produce an evening performance, blending the different styles in one production that will be presented throughout the city and at schools.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7300-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring artists and architects together to share their ideas and inspirations through a lecture series. To inspire new ideas, Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) will bring together artists and architects for discussions around the trend of incorporating art into new buildings. Panelists will discuss a range of issues, including what drives inspiration, what makes great public art and how architects and artists can best collaborate. Taking advantage of Miami’s arts scene and unique architecture, MCAD will bring together local and global architects and artists who have successfully collaborated on projects.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7302-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support Swampspace, an alternative exhibition space for local artists and musicians in Miami's Design District. To support Miami’s grassroots arts scene, Knight Foundation funding will help strengthen Swampspace, a gallery that presents innovative visual arts and performance productions focused on artistic values. Founded in 2008 by Miami artist Oliver Sanchez, the Design District-based Swampspace helps emerging, established and overlooked artists present their work free of commercial constraints. Funding will help Swampspace build on this foundation and expand its student internship program, administer artist fees and execute other programming.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7305-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To further develop South Florida's distinct brand of urban funk dance by training young artists and providing them with opportunities to perform. To strengthen South Florida’s distinct brand of urban funk dance, Live in Color Dance Collective will train and mentor young artists through the full production process of a piece, from auditions, to rehearsals and performance. The participants will not only benefit from instruction but will also have the chance to learn from visiting urban dancers based in Detroit and New York. Collaborations with other urban artists will showcase South Florida culture and strengthen the knowledge that the urban language is an art form that tells the true story of people and place.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7307-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate the art of fashion through exhibitions that highlight South Florida's diversity and famous designers with local ties. To celebrate the art of fashion, curator Keni Valenti will strengthen a new museum collection that highlights vintage couture. Over the years, Valenti has amassed a collection of 15,000 articles of clothing, accessories, jewelry and more, from the 1920s to the present. With Knight Foundation funding, he will continue to preserve, collect, study and present these pieces at the Museum of Fashion in Wynwood, and partner with other institutions like HistoryMiami on exhibitions.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7308-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To give local artists more access to the seven remaining historic houses of Stiltsville by creating an aquatic-inspired arts incubator and residency program. To inspire artists, the Stiltsville Trust will create an artist-in-residence program inside the seven remaining historic homes that stand in Biscayne Bay. The program will consist of two types of residencies. A studio artist program for professional artists in the visual, performing and the literary arts and architecture fields who wish to create works that contribute to the public understanding of Stiltsville, Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park and a shorter, non-studio artist program that will give preference to local artists. Participants will be asked to donate a work to the trust and the park’s collection. Organizers hope the program brings attention to Stiltsville and Biscayne National Park, one of the few national parks in an urban area that is almost entirely under water.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7311-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring literature to more people by expanding a community mobile library that provides books for free, a trade or by donation. To bring literature to more Miamians, Bookleggers will expand its community mobile library, which provides books for free, for trade or by donation. The library currently holds events each month at venues such as public parks, art galleries, museums, bars and schools. With upwards of 300 people attending each Bookleggers event, the library has exchanged thousands of books with people across Miami-Dade County. Knight Foundation funding will help Bookleggers continue its community outreach, in addition to providing a free/low-cost used book market for Miami’s literary community.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7313-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide a space for up-and-coming musical talent to perform by opening up Downtown Miami's Trinity Cathedral twice a month. To provide a space for up-and-coming musical talent, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will open up its downtown sanctuary for a concert series. Each concert will feature two to four groups of a similar genre. The series is an opportunity to reintroduce Trinity Cathedral, a 1,000-person performance space with stellar acoustics, to the Miami music scene and to provide up-and-coming acts access to a venue in a city otherwise lacking in affordable performance space.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7316-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate world music by expanding the Afro Roots World Music Festival to three days and host it in a variety of venues and neighborhoods around Miami-Dade County. To celebrate world music, the Afro Roots World Music Festival will expand to three days and take place in a variety of neighborhoods around Miami-Dade County. The festival celebrates the evolution of African culture in Miami, highlighting the works of both local musicians and international acts. Satellite events will include artist lectures and a show-and-tell-style presentation for children. By taking place in different areas, the event gives tourists and locals an opportunity to explore Miami neighborhoods, such as Little Haiti and North Beach.
Knight Foundation40,000.00173--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7317-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create an aesthetic voice for Miami-Dade County by launching a literary publishing house. To create an aesthetic voice for Miami, Jai-Alai Books will be a small press subsidiary of O, Miami, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding and advancing literary culture in Greater Miami. The literary landscape of Miami is anchored by institutions like Books & Books, Miami Book Fair International, and university-level creative writing programs. The missing piece is publishing. By linking some the world’s best authors, trends, and works to Miami-Dade County, Jai-Alai Books seeks to deepen Miami’s connection to the literary world at-large as well as to its own literary life. Organizers expect to publish three to five titles a year in a variety of genres, each one geared for a general audience and created with the belief that everyone contributes to literary culture. As the city’s only literary publishing house, Jai-Alai's emphasis will be on projects that capture works that are essentially Miami.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7321-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve Haitian rara, a form of festival music used for street processions, by creating a youth rara institute where teens can learn to play and make traditional instruments. To preserve Haitian Rara, a form of festival music used in street processions, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, in partnership with the Caribbean American Visual Cultural Preservation, will create a youth rara institute where teens can learn to play and make traditional instruments. The music centers on a set of cylindrical bamboo trumpets, but also features instruments made from recycled metals, drums, maracas and metal bells. Songs are always performed in Haitian Creole and typically celebrate the African ancestry of the Afro-Haitian people. The center’s program of workshops and classes will culminate with the Haitian Heritage Festival in May 2015.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7324-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To raise the profile of Caribbean artists by staging showcases that feature the work of cutting-edge filmmakers, musicians and visual artists. To raise the profile of Caribbean artists in Miami, Third Horizon Film, Art and Music Festival will present cutting-edge artists in the diaspora who challenge popular notions of what it is to be Caribbean. The festival seeks to go beyond traditional and folk art already available in Miami to present art at the edges, aiming to establish Miami as the capital of the Caribbean avant-garde. The four-day event will include a film festival, a musical block party and visual art exhibitions.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7325-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring a bit of the Everglades into the city by creating billboards emblazoned with large-scale, artful images of South Florida wildlife. To bring a bit of the Everglades into the city, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) will create billboards emblazoned with large-scale images and literary works reflecting the South Florida outdoors created by its artists in residence. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the “wild billboards” will be strategically placed throughout South Florida’s urban core, so that the view of a billboard and its surroundings make a complete statement. Artworks such as Susan Silas’ striking images of extinct birds and Adam Nadel’s aerial photography of the stark boundaries between urban and wilderness areas will encourage viewers to reconsider these sites, and serve as a reminder that the River of Grass preceded our cities and continues to “flow” just to the west.
Knight Foundation5,000,000.003--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5607-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Knight Miami Ballet Fund, to strengthen the institution, help the company expand its repertoire and commission new works under a new artistic director.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7138-- Grant period: 01/26/2016 - 07/25/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: The goal of the project is to improve, significantly, the quality of one impactful government data set. First the team will identify a suitable government partner and data set; then they will improve the quality of the data set, tracking the costs and the benefits.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7332-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To showcase South Florida's Brazilian community by supporting a Brazilian music institute at Broward College. The University of Florida seeks to expand the reach of the Brazilian Music Institute with a move to Broward County to the heart of the state’s Brazilian-American community. There, the institute will present Brazilian artists with a weeklong showcase of Brazilian music with internationally recognized guest performers. The institute will also offer master classes to the community, outreach programs in local schools and public performances.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7338-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To raise the profile and importance of small, artist-run galleries by hosting a national gallery swap where shows from BFI will be exchanged with galleries around the country. To raise the profile of Miami artists, BFI will take its “Weird Miami” shows and bus tours to exhibition spaces around the world in a global gallery swap. A previous Knight Arts Challenge winner, “Weird Miami” exhibitions and bus tours turn locals into tourists as they discover new artists and unnoticed places around the city. With new funding, BFI will take “Weird Miami” to Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and other cities.
Knight Foundation150,000.0044--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7339-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support the growing number of innovative, artist-driven projects in Miami by providing micro-grants _ in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts - that recognize and validate unconventional artistic projects. To support the growing number of innovative, artist-driven projects in Miami, Cannonball will expand WaveMaker Grants, its microgrant program for unconventional artistic projects. The program seeks to recognize and validate experimental, artist-centric activities that resist marketplace demands. The targeted projects are noncommercial, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue and expose the public to innovative artistic practices. Knight Foundation funding will increase the amount awarded to artists in this program, which is in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Knight Foundation208,000.0039--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5910-- Grant period: 05/10/2013 - 05/30/2014; goal: For the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Fund which will provide grants to black men in Detroit who have shared their stories and are engaging others in strengthening their cities.
Knight Foundation208,000.0039--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5911-- Grant period: 05/10/2013 - 05/30/2014; goal: For the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Fund which will provide grants to black men in Philadelphia who have shared their stories and are engaging others in strengthening their city.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Communities, Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7294-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To enhance Miami's urban life by producing street performances that activate public parks, transit hubs and community plazas that often go unnoticed. To enhance civic life, Buskerfest Miami will produce a music festival and a performance series called Ear to the Ground. The projects will feature local artists performing in public parks, transit hubs and community plazas that often go unnoticed and underutilized. Both the festival and the Ear to the Ground series will encourage participation at all levels by the local artistic community and attendees through unique programming and game-like features. These events enliven public spaces while providing local artists a chance to perform and to connect face-to-face with their audience.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7309-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To enrich the lives of children in South Miami-Dade's migrant farming communities by providing transportation to the Children's Voice Chorus' program in Palmetto Bay. To enrich the lives of children in South Miami-Dade’s migrant farming communities, the Children’s Voice Chorus will provide transportation to its program in Palmetto Bay. The children will be able to participate for free in the after-school choral music education program. Over three years, the chorus hopes to add 50 children to its program roster.
Knight Foundation30,000.00212--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7312-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide professional artists a forum to collaborate and create hybrid works through weekly classes at the organization's Wynwood's studio. To provide artists a place to create, inkub8––which is dedicated to the creation of new, performance-based work––will create a lab space at its Wynwood studio. The space will have three components: a choreography lab where artists can share ideas and methods, a workspace where dancers can learn a variety of performance techniques, and a feedback forum in which artists can show works in different stages of development, followed by conversation. Inkub8 hopes to provide a space for artistic voices and give choreographers a forum for researching and developing new work outside the context of a formal project.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7318-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To foster conversations on the visual arts with a pop-up store for art books that travels around Miami and is accompanied by lectures and programming. To foster dialogue surrounding the visual arts, EXILE Books will migrate throughout Miami raising awareness about artist’s books, or publications conceived of as works of art in and of themselves. EXILE evolves at each location, presenting a thematic selection of titles paired with performances, workshops, and events. Created by visual artist Amanda Keeley, EXILE offers a range of publications including self-published limited edition books, small press monographs, journals, zines, rare titles and ephemera. This hybrid art installation and retail store seeks to raise awareness about artists’ publications and catalyze debate around contemporary, independent publishing.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7319-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide an intimate cultural experience by expanding the Microtheater program, which produces short plays for a small audience in a confined space. To provide an intimate and innovative cultural experience, Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana will expand its Microtheater program, which produces short plays for small audiences in repurposed shipping containers. First launched in Madrid, Microtheater debuted in Miami with Knight Arts Challenge funding in 2012, and continues to build an audience while providing local artists a platform for their work in its downtown venue. The Microtheater program offers seven plays at a time around one theme, performed in seven separate containers, supporting local creativity while facilitating cultural exchange.
Knight Foundation50,000.00126--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7320-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring the 'Super Bowl' of poetry to Broward County schools through a friendly poetry competition that empowers and unites students through spoken word. To bring the “Super Bowl of poetry” to Broward County, the Jason Taylor Foundation will launch a friendly spoken-word poetry competition between local schools. Since founding the bluapple Poetry Network with actor and poet Omari Hardwick in 2012, the foundation has helped more than 40 Broward County schools activate this program, with more than 500 participants inspiring their communities with poetry. Knight Foundation funding will help launch Louder Than a Bomb Florida by bringing school-based poetry teams together for year-round in-class and after-school instruction culminating in an 11-day festival in April 2015.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7326-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide artistic programming in West Miami-Dade through a monthly series offering classical music, dance, installations, art films and more in Downtown Doral Park. In order to enhance artistic offerings in West Dade, the City of Doral will bring new programming to Downtown Doral Park. Because a majority of the region’s performing and visual arts centers are an average of 25 miles away, the city is partnering with major arts organizations to present outdoor dance and musical performances, as well as visual arts exhibitions to bring the arts more deeply into nearby neighborhoods.
Knight Foundation60,000.00108--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7327-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To launch an artist exchange program that brings together Cuban artists from Havana and Miami to present exhibitions, in partnership with a local university. To create an artistic dialogue, this project will launch an exchange initiative between Cuban and Cuban-American artists through a series of programs and exhibitions in Miami and Havana. The goal is to provide an opportunity for dialogue and exchange and discussion of issues that include artistic practices, cultural identity and the art market as they relate to the realities of living and creating in distinct social contexts. Subsequently, an exhibition project in both cities will highlight collaborative works that result from these exchanges. Academic institutional partners include The University of Miami's Cuban Theater Digital Archive, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries in addition to Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute.
Knight Foundation80,000.0083--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7335-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring great literature into more homes by live-streaming and archiving Books & Books' Author Events featuring noted writers from a variety of genres. To bring great literature into more homes, Books & Books will expand its online streaming of author events featuring noted writers from a variety of genres. For more than 30 years, Books & Books has presented authors live for nightly talks and book signings at its three South Florida-based locations and offsite at partnering venues. LIVE at Books & Books allows people everywhere to watch author events online, call the store, order the book and have it signed by the author and shipped to their home. They can also participate in the conversation itself by submitting their questions to be read aloud during author Q&A sessions. All events are archived online, extending the life––and reach––of the events.
Knight Foundation27,000.00238--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6130-- Grant period: 11/01/2013 - 10/31/2015; goal: To support the development and launch of 'Tunnel Cinema' - a series of animation installations along the subway tunnel walls underneath Center City, Philadelphia - curated by new media artist, Sean Stoops.
Knight Foundation65,000.00107--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5896-- Grant period: 04/29/2013 - 04/29/2014; goal: Through a fiscal sponsorship with The Miami Foundation, to support RokkMiami 2013 which will bring together local and national leaders to establish a road map and a more broadly shared vision that further drives the creation of a thriving start-up and technology community in Miami.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7295-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To provide a space for filmmakers, performance and visual artists to collaborate on productions that marry technology and performance. To foster innovation in the arts, the collaborative Sound and Vision brings together musicians, filmmakers, performers, dancers and visual artists for weekly meetings to share work and concepts, perform material and challenge artistic boundaries through technology. Through the meetings, the group produces events that marry technology and performance to expand the impact of their performances.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7297-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To support a Hialeah-based artist collective in creating artistic interventions throughout the city. To support experimental art in Hialeah, HICCUP, an art/design collective, will present a series of interventions throughout the greater Hialeah community. The group will produce a bimonthly publication that focuses on Hialeah's popular culture, a Hialeah souvenir that reflects the city and its manufacturing base (which often produces souvenirs for other locales), and public art/design interventions that encourage fellow residents to interact.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7299-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To unite Key West through a kinetic sculpture parade, where artists, bike riders and the community co-create a wacky display of art on wheels. To bring Key West together, the Key West Art & Historical Society will create a kinetic sculpture parade, where artists, bike riders and the community co-create a wacky display of art on wheels. These sculptures are typically custom-built, human-powered works of art that attract creative enthusiasts. After the parade, the machines will be on display, accompanied by a day of music and free activities. Organizers hope the event will promote bike culture, environmental causes and inspire artists of all ages to participate.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7301-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve the experience of collectively viewing vintage, 35mm films by expanding the Cosford Cinema Classics series. To preserve the experience of viewing vintage films, the Cosford Cinema will expand its Cosford Classics series, which showcases films presented on 35 mm celluloid. To enhance the screenings, the Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies will invite guest curators, including local film experts and internationally known scholars and filmmakers, to speak on each film, its cultural significance and the importance of film preservation in modern culture.
Knight Foundation49,585.00164--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5370-- Grant period: 11/01/2011 - 10/31/2012; goal: For support of the fiscal agency program established in 2010.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7314-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve the art of analog recording by improving a studio that allows local musicians to record on vintage equipment or preserve their works currently cataloged on older formats To preserve the art of analog recording, City of Progress studio, which allows local musicians the chance to record on vintage equipment, will upgrade its facility. Established in 2003, City of Progress provides classic analog recording equipment and vintage instruments at low cost to Miami’s musicians and artists. The studio also provides analog-to-digital transfer and preservation services to artists and labels whose body of work exists in formats no longer supported by most studios. By providing high-quality recordings, the studio hopes to create a growing catalog of recordings that reflect Miami’s dynamic music community.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7331-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To engage South Floridians in innovative concert experiences by supporting a new ensemble offering a hybrid of music and multimedia performances. To provide innovative concert experiences, a new ensemble will offer a hybrid of music and multimedia performances focused on works by 21st-century composers. Nu Deco Ensemble is a 20-member, virtuosic and flexible chamber orchestra focused on commissioning living composers, performing an array of genres and educating the community on classical-based composition. Founded in 2013 by conductor Jacomo Bairos and composer Sam Hyken, Nu Deco presents various styles of music, art and media works in both traditional and alternative venues.
Knight Foundation49,000.00165--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5999-- Grant period: 10/14/2013 - 10/14/2014; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: This project will facilitate connections between journalists. CollabMatch is a platform that will help journalists use their existing LinkedIn profile to connect with others based on location and/or expertise.
Knight Foundation2,000,000.0014--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5622-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Knight Miami Classical Music donor advised fund, in support of the expansion of the Cleveland Orchestra's presence in Miami, as its winter home.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7333-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To enable Miami-Dade students to learn from jazz greats by expanding Pinecrest Gardens' popular Jazz Series to include a new mentor program. To enable Miami-Dade County students to learn from jazz greats, Pinecrest Gardens will expand its popular South Motors Jazz Series to include a new mentor program. In 2015, the series will mark its fifth anniversary by bringing in internationally celebrated artists. These greats will stay on at the Banyan Bowl for a second day to jam with a core group of high school students participating in the jazz magnet program at New World School of the Arts.
Knight Foundation100,000.0063--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7337-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To reimagine Opa-locka's Ali Baba Avenue by engaging the community to make it a large-scale public art project. To re-envision Opa-locka as a destination for art, the local community development corporation will engage the community in co-creating a large-scale public artwork. Noted artist and landscape architect Walter Hood has been commissioned to overhaul one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Ali Baba Avenue, and the surrounding public realm as an artistic corridor. Hood, the community development corporation, and a Leadership Miami team called Miami Rise will work with residents to transform the avenue – currently wide, barren and unappealing to pedestrians and drivers – with painted interventions. The group hopes that the avenue will become a visual marker to signal that change is happening in Opa-locka, inspiring local residents and businesses and attracting visitors.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7296-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To examine the connections between art and technology by creating a new public center for artistic discovery, experimental performances and innovative exhibitions. To highlight new music in the Americas, the Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA) will present a music series with cutting-edge sound art and music works from all 35 countries in the Americas. Over the course of two years, this project will feature at least two works from each nation in 12 dedicated concerts, and develop an exchange program. In addition, special events will be organized for select Miami-Dade County public schools. The series seeks to expand Miami’s music scene and raise awareness about the diversity of experimental electronic music in the Americas.
Knight Foundation20,000.00277--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7304-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To capture South Florida's history by digitizing the work of Miami photographers from the 1970s and '80s and publishing them in a book series. To recapture South Florida’s rich history, Letter 16 Press will digitize the work of some of Miami’s most talented photographers from the ‘70s and ‘80s and publish it in a book series. This arresting imagery provides a rare window into a surreal, and often-chaotic period of Miami’s culture -- yet much of it remains trapped on 35mm film negatives, hidden away in boxes, and largely unknown to today’s audiences. With Knight Foundation funding, Letter 16 Press will carefully digitize these negatives and collect the strongest work in a series of beautifully produced books, introducing the photos to fresh eyes in South Florida and beyond.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7310-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To bring high-quality film screenings and video installations to more South Floridians by supporting programming at Wynwood's The Screening Room. To bring high-quality video installations and film screenings to more South Floridians, Knight will support programming at The Screening Room in Wynwood. A new media exhibition and project space dedicated to the moving image, The Screening Room seeks to bring the Miami community together through new works by film and video artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by an Art Talk to contextualize the work and to create an exchange of ideas between artists and filmmakers.
Knight Foundation35,000.00195--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7315-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To celebrate Miami's many cultures by setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Adrian Castro's Afro-Caribbean poetry. To celebrate Miami’s many cultures, dancer Ranjana Warier will collaborate with prominent Miami poet Adrian Castro for a project that sets traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Castro’s Afro-Caribbean verse. Together they will portray how two seemingly disparate cultures are both about human beings’ needs to express themselves and to tell stories. This project culminates with performances in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties during April, National Poetry Month.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7330-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To commemorate the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center's 40th anniversary by presenting events where prominent artist alums share their talents with today's students. To commemorate the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s 40th anniversary, Miami-Dade County will present events where prominent artist alums share their talents with today’s students. The center is the nucleus of arts learning, training and access for Greater Miami’s African-American community. To mark its four decades, the center will present “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a yearlong series of events, performances, master classes and workshops celebrating those who have grown up in the inner city and contributed to the creativity of its young people.
Knight Foundation80,000.0083--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7336-- Grant period: 11/01/2014 - 10/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To promote cutting-edge contemporary art by expanding the reach of Fort Lauderdale's FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space, which provides a home for artists to create and present experiential work. To promote cutting-edge contemporary art in Fort Lauderdale, FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space will expand its reach, opening to the public on a daily basis. The space exhibits challenging work that falls outside the realm of commercial galleries, providing opportunities for artists working with experimental, immersive, and nontraditional media to create and install new works on site. With Knight Foundation funding, the space, which is now only open for its monthly art walks, will open daily to the public and offer more programming.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6067-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Strategic Growth Fund, enabling Penumbra Theatre, the largest African-American theater company in the nation, to engage new audiences with exceptional contemporary theater. Penumbra Theatre is the nation’s largest and one of the most esteemed African-American theater companies. It is implementing a five-year business plan that includes new artistic leadership and vision. Knight funding will support the organizational transition and enable the company to hire development and marketing directors to engage donors and audiences, thereby ensuring the theater’s viability.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6074-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the TU Dance Fund, to support the diversification of the dance community in St. Paul by expanding TU Dance's capacity to cultivate donors and increase programming. Founded in 2004 by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance is an emerging force in the arts community. In its first decade of growth, TU Dance has garnered significant critical acclaim for performances and educational programming that celebrates the connective power of dance. With Knight funding, TU Dance seeks to accelerate the growth of its diverse dance audience, and to engage new donors in supporting performance and educational programming. The organization will expand its class offerings at TU Dance Center, responding to a 50 percent increase in enrollment last year. Driven by its mission of access, TU Dance will also expand its capacity to offer need-based support for dance students, adding a professional staff member to grow its fundraising program.
Knight Foundation25,000.00239--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6160-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014; goal: To support a series of classes, workshops and networking opportunities that will further talent development and foster sustainability for Philadelphia-based artists.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5631-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Miami Independent Cinema Fund, to help the Borscht Film Festival make Miami a center for independent filmmaking.
Knight Foundation10,000.00351--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6373-- Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 04/30/2015; goal: To promote Macon as a musical destination by providing a stipend for touring acts to perform free concerts for audiences of all-ages at Fresh Produce Records.
Knight Foundation75,000.0088--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6145-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014; goal: To support the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in the development of Andy: A Popera - an interactive, Pop-Up opera inspired by the life and legacy of Andy Warhol.
Knight Foundation1,000,000.0019--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5639-- Grant period: 09/01/2012 - 08/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Knight Miami Art Student Travel Fund, in support of experiential learning opportunities, critical to the personal growth and artistic development of Miami's young talents, at Design and Architecture High School (DASH) and New World School for the Arts (NWSA).
Knight Foundation2,000,000.0014--Communitieshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6932-- Grant period: 12/08/2015 - 11/15/2017; goal: To enhance public life and the beauty of public spaces in Charlotte by creating the endowed Knight Charlotte Canopy Restoration Fund in support of TreesCharlotte, a public-private partnership committed to maintaining and expanding the tree canopy of the city.
Knight Foundation5,000,000.003--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5646-- Grant period: 09/01/2012 - 08/31/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Knight Ideas Fund, to support innovative programming at the Wolfsonian focused on increasing digital and physical access to the collection including the creation of an "Ideas" event.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7236-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To jump start a monthly series that includes communal composition, word games and more giving poets and audience members a space to co-create poems and stories and play with language The Motor Signal Reading Series invites local poets to read their work, then goes beyond the typical poetry reading by asking performers to involve the audience in an act of literary co-creation. Past readers have prompted the audience to contribute a line or two of poetry according to different constraints — write in the voice of someone you know, or use a particular word, for example — with audience members called upon to read the collaborative poem. Other readers facilitated a political talkback based on the themes in their work, and experimented with text-message poetry sent from the audience to the readers in real time. Co-sponsored by Literary Detroit and letterpress studio Signal-Return, the new series breaks down barriers between the poet and audience and is welcoming to the attendees, many of whom haven’t encountered poetry since grade school.
Knight Foundation5,000.00382--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7238-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To preserve Detroit's historic signs by saving the typography around the city via photography and making them into useable, digital typefaces for local business and letterpress use To preserve the beauty of Detroit’s historic signs, Gratiot & Riopelle will turn the typography used on them into 10 usable digital typefaces for local businesses, as well as wood type for letterpress use. When historic buildings are renovated, the hand-painted signs are often discarded. This project will help maintain the city’s visual legacy.
Knight Foundation6,000.00378--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7239-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To use a sundial set to the cadence of the sun to reinterpret a piece by composer John Cage that was meant to be played as slowly as possible As a contrast to the compressed time scales of current society, artist Leith Campbell’s new work will draw an observer into the most ancient and inexorable tempos: the stately and endless passing of days. The sun, condensed by reflection into a line, will trigger musical tones as it passes over the installation, and play composer John Cage’s work 'As Slow aS Possible.’ In experiencing the near imperceptible movement of the sun, and hearing the slow change of musical timbres, observers will be have a chance to sit and reflect. Campbell hopes to have the piece permanently installed as a reminder to not think just upon the immediate timescale, but also that of years, decades and generations as we plot our collective course forward.
Knight Foundation500,000.0025--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6073-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To establish the Springboard Fund, to support the creation of a series of toolkits that will enable communities to support artists and to develop a network of artist-supportive programs across Knight's resident communities. Springboard for the Arts connects individual artists with the resources they need to thrive. Over the past few years, Springboard has developed a unique model for supporting artists and communities, and has shared some of its many programs on a national scale. For example, Community Supported Art, developed in partnership with mnartists.org, is similar to a Farm Share, where patrons buy a share that includes a box of locally produced art. The program is now in more than 50 cities across the country. With Knight funding, Springboard will share resource toolkits from its most successful programs–including those on arts entrepreneurship and health care–with seven other cities supported by Knight Foundation and creating a network to exchange resources and spotlight artists’ contributions to communities.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7246-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create a post-industrial homage to the Javanese tradition of shadow puppetry through a modern performance with towering, robotic puppets and gongs ApeTechnology will create a post-industrial homage to a Javanese tradition by creating a large-scale, robotic performance based on the epic Hindu poem the “Ramayana.” In the style of Javanese shadow puppetry, towering robots will perform in a choreographed pantomime of the narrative, accompanied by computer-controlled gongs and instruments.
Knight Foundation1,000,000.0019--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6075-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Knight Foundation Digital Media Innovation Fund, to support Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society's digital experimentation with audience engagement. While many orchestras have struggled with audience declines, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has increased its audience dramatically over the past decade, an accomplishment it attributes to increased accessibility to its concerts and digital recordings. With previous Knight funding, the orchestra has reached more than 300,000 classical music lovers through its online Listening Library, 90 percent of whom are from outside Minnesota. With a new Digital Media Development Fund, the orchestra will accelerate its embrace of emerging digital technologies, providing new and enhanced ways to experience its music through Internet media.
Knight Foundation15,000.00318--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7247-- Grant period: 10/01/2014 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To spotlight challenging and dynamic new music from the late 20th century through today during 'Strange Beautiful Music,' a daylong marathon concert Strange Beautiful Music is a daylong marathon concert featuring challenging new music, from the late 20th century through today. Curated by New Music Detroit, the festival spotlights prominent Detroit musicians as well as guest artists from around the world. With challenge funding, Strange Beautiful Music will take place next at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and offering additional seating and an opportunity to grow and diversify the event’s audience.
Knight Foundation1,000,000.0019--Artshttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6076-- Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To create the Cultural Opportunity Fund, to provide community-based arts organizations the opportunity to present programming in a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. While the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is home to four premier arts organizations, including the Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Schubert Club and the Ordway itself, high production costs have made it difficult for emerging and mid-range community arts organizations to present at the center. In an effort to bridge this gap, The Arts Partnership will create the Cultural Opportunity Fund, a subsidy providing emerging arts organizations with the opportunity to present programming at a state-of-the-art, 1100-seat concert hall without taking a significant financial risk. The venue size will also afford participating organizations the opportunity to sell more tickets and reach new audiences.