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Meet the 73 finalists in the South Florida Knight Arts Challenge

KAC Miami, Miami // May 4, 2015

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Zoetic Stage. Photo by Justin Namon. By Nicole Chipi Today, we’re excited to share the finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, 73 ideas culled from 1,000 plus submissions from as far north as West Palm Beach and as far south as Key West. The list below is packed with great ideas for our cultural community, […]

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New Knight report: Art that builds community

Acts of Culture, All Communities, Dance, Music, Poetry, Theater // April 23, 2015

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By Dennis Scholl Six years ago, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen asked me to develop a national arts program for the foundation focused on building community through the arts. Today, I’m excited to share a new report that chronicles our progress and introduces you to the many people and projects that have surprised us with […]

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Curious Incident is about making parties and making connections with St. Paul’s unused spaces

KAC St. Paul, St. Paul // May 29, 2015

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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger Curious Incident started accidentally in the fall of 2014 when radio host and producer Jade Tittle, graphic designer and art director Leu Solomon, and theater maker and community organizer Ashley Hanson were chatting over wine at the University Club in St. Paul. They were sharing stories from their […]

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Come get freaked out at Filmgate’s Special Effects Makeup Lab

Miami, Theater // May 28, 2015

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Francois Sagat Zombie make up

Last summer I became obsessed with “Face Off,” the competitive reality show on the Syfy Channel. Every week the producers challenge special effects makeup artists to create magical and sometimes spectacularly haunting characters based on a theme. At the end of the season, one winning artist walks away with $100,000 and, most importantly, a huge jump-start […]

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Area dance artists praise creation of the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron

Akron, Dance // May 28, 2015

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The Akron dance community just got a mega-boost. At a press conference held at The University of Akron on May 14, Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced that the organization was awarding a $5 million grant through DANCECleveland and The University of Akron for the creation of a National […]

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World premiere of Vulcão in Saint Paul by Contempo Physical D

St. Paul // May 28, 2015

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By Jenny Pennaz, Contempo Physical Dance This weekend marks the world premiere of Vulcão, an exciting new piece by Contempo Physical Dance. The company’s fourth full-length piece focuses on forces acting within the earth, generally unseen by humans, that manifest themselves in awesome displays of fiery power. Vulcão is Contempo Physical Dance’s latest collaboration between […]

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MOCAD’s summer program: Memorializing history versus erasing it

Detroit // May 27, 2015

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Friday, May 15th was the opening for the MOCAD’s summer program, and the first time that Rob Pruitt’s “The Obama Paintings” and “The Lincoln Monument” were presented publicly. The installation is staggering in scale, with all of the MOCAD’s existing walls tiled in two-foot-square portraits of the President—2,922 paintings in all, one for every day […]

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Inside “The Modern Utopia –Lu Chengxiang” at Miami Dade College- Hialeah Campus

Miami // May 26, 2015

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By Thalissa Woodcock, Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus The Hialeah Campus Arts & Cultural Programs’ mission is to celebrate and preserve the arts and culture in Hialeah by bringing together artists and the community through events and exhibitions. The Hialeah Campus Arts & Cultural Programs support the historical significance of the Hialeah community by sharing […]

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Inconceivable systems portrayed as portals at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Philadelphia // May 26, 2015

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Everything moves in cycles, but the path and purpose of many systems isn’t always evident. At Tiger Strikes Asteroid, artist Joanna Platt traces the potential of some of these circuits across the walls by way of electrical connections that directly reflect the post-industrial landscape of the building in which the gallery resides. But these meandering […]

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Macon Arts Alliance Arts Advocacy Breakfast supports and showcases local artists

Dance, Macon, Music, Poetry, Theater // May 26, 2015

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  The Macon Arts Alliance, a Knight Arts grantee, will hold its 3rd Annual Arts Advocacy Breakfast on June 4, beginning at 7:30 a.m. This early-morning program provides a platform for local artists to display their talents. At the beginning, a light breakfast is served for attendees to network and socialize. Afterward, scheduled individuals and […]

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Writers: You could win a free home in Detroit (Honest!)

Detroit // May 24, 2015

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The nonprofit Write-a-House offers a twist on a typical writer’s residency: It provides writers with the opportunity to own a home, for free, in Detroit, as a way to promote the literary arts. The group, a Knight Arts Challenge winner, is currently accepting applications through June 5. Here, the first recipient, poet Casey Rocheteau,, writes […]

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Miami-Havana: A group of artists shortens the distance

KAC Miami, Miami // May 22, 2015

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By Anne Tschida, Miami arts blogger When events collide, the stars align, we call that happy coincidence, “serendipity.” That’s what happened with a newly-formed Miami-Havana exchange program called Dialogues in Cuban Art, says the organizer and curator Elizabeth Cerejido. The project won a $60,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2014. The funds were quickly matched […]

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