The Knight Arts Challenge is back on! They are looking for any and all ideas for the arts in South Florida. You do not have to be a non-profit. Individual artists can apply, as well as regular businesses, as long as it supports the arts. The initial application is very short and easy. Definitely attend one of the community Q&A sessions. Check it out!
Beginning Jan. 27, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts. The deadline for the contest, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is Feb. 24.
The challenge is open to everyone: artists and artist collectives of all types, businesses, established arts institutions, and any individual who has a great idea for the arts. The initial application, which will be available at KnightArts.org consists of just two questions and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.
There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knightâ€™s commitment (within a year).
â€œThis contest is about ideasâ€”big ideas, innovative ideas, authentically Miami ideas,â€ Scholl said. Knight has received more than 7,500 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 193 projects have received almost $22.1 million in funding.
Since 2006, Knight Foundation has invested $86 million in South Floridaâ€™s cultural community. Those funds have launched a new media program that includes the signature â€œWallcastsâ€ at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helped present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and will bring every Miami-Dade third grader to the new PÃ©rezÂ Art Museum Miami, among other projects.Â The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to help open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.
As a way to recruit ideas from South Floridaâ€™s many neighborhoods, Knight Foundation will host a series of Community Q&A sessions from Marathon to Fort Lauderdale. The events, taking place Feb. 3-11, will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge timelines, and a chance to talk to past winners on what gave their submissions an edge. The schedule is below.
â€œIn recent years, weâ€™ve seen a growing number of great ideas from our many neighborhoodsâ€”ideas that are bringing the arts into peopleâ€™s everyday lives,â€ said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundationâ€™s vice president for arts. â€œWe want to help ensure that there is art wherever you go in South Florida.â€
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Theater, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University
One East Las Olas Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m.: Marathon Government Center
2798 Overseas Hwy. (Mile Marker 48), Marathon
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
10975 SW 17th St., Miami (free parking in the Blue Garage)
The Community Q&As will be cohosted by: Bas Fisher Invitational, Cannonball, Miami Light Project, Sweat Records, WPBT2, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, ArtSouth, M Ensemble, Black Archives History and Research Foundation, Opa-locka Community Development Corp., Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miramar Cultural Trust, Broward Cultural Council, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and Florida International Universityâ€™s music, art, art history and creative writing departments.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visitÂ www.knightfoundation.org.
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