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Meet 22 groups pushing artistic boundaries in Philadelphia

Philadelphia // June 24, 2015

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By Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation Today, I’m excited to celebrate our latest Philadelphia arts grantees – 22 groups receiving $1.48 million. Each of these organizations represents the artistic excellence and audience engagement that Knight is committed to advancing. Our arts program has a two-pronged strategy: We fund large institutions – the ones that provide programming […]

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Announcing 70 finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit

Detroit, KAC Detroit // June 15, 2015

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Above photo: Detroit Youth Volume. By Nicole Chipi Today, we’re excited to share the finalists of the 2015 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge – 70 ideas culled from 1,000-plus submissions from neighborhoods across Detroit. The list below is packed with exciting ideas from the city’s cultural community, and a few trends. This year, we saw projects […]

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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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Franklin Sirmans guest lectures to the hilt at MOCAD

Detroit // June 30, 2015

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On Thursday, June 25, MOCAD hosted a guest lecture by Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In 2014, Sirmans served as artistic director for Prospect.3—the third installation of a recently established biennial (which is adapting to a triennial […]

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Cuba-Miami: the art dialogue has begun

Miami // June 30, 2015

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The event at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a Knight Arts grantee, would on the surface seem par for the course: a cocktail party to celebrate a donation of artworks from developer Jorge Pérez, whose name is incorporated into the museum because of previous donations and funding. But the art came from a famous contemporary […]

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Ana Mendez on Miami and Grass Stains

Dance, Miami // June 29, 2015

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Grass Stains is a Knight-funded site-specific project by the Pioneer Winter Collective. Its mission is to help South Florida-based choreographers, dancers and other artists stage performances for the community in unexpected and/or unusual spaces–spaces where members of the community might not expect to encounter performance art. Ana Mendez, a Miami-based dancer and performance artist, is […]

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Bragg Jam keeps Macon’s music legacy alive

Dance, Macon, Music // June 29, 2015

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Brothers Brax and Tate Bragg, two young Macon musicians who were killed in a car accident in 1999, have posthumously continued to contribute to Macon’s music scene. The Bragg Jam Music Festival, a Knight Arts grantee, was born as a tribute to the brothers, and has been attracting musicians to our town in their name […]

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Detroit Workshop

Detroit // June 29, 2015

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By Karen Wong, Deputy Director, New Museum In preparation for IDEAS CITY Detroit, which will take place in the fall of 2015, we held an invitation–only workshop in the Skyroom at the New Museum on Friday, May 29. The results and the questions raised by the workshop will serve to inform the approach, structure and goals of IDEAS CITY Detroit as well as IDEAS CITY Athens in […]

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Little Berlin runs the gamut with a group show of reflexive methods

Philadelphia // June 29, 2015

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If any one thing can be said about the show “Ouroboros” at Little Berlin, it’s that the artworks within bear very little resemblance to one another. Named after the symbolic serpent devouring its own body starting at its tail, the artworks here consist of self-contained ideas that reflect primarily their own deeply-rooted, personal narratives, with […]

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Open Source in 15 Seconds: Jonathan Monk

Philadelphia // June 26, 2015

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By Nicole Steinberg, MuralArts Starting this week, we’re dropping behind-the-scenes videos about our Open Source artists and how they’re exploring the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia, thanks to their work with Mural Arts. For our first video in this series, we turn the spotlight on Jonathan Monk. Monk is a British artist, now living in […]

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The yellow spot is a star

Dance, Miami, Music, Poetry // June 25, 2015

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“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”  ―Pablo Picasso This is my second summer working as a ‘master teaching artist’ in creative writing for ArtWorks, a six-week paid summer arts […]

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Inside the 2015 Allied Media Conference

Detroit, St. Paul // June 25, 2015

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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger There are as many reasons why someone attends a conference as there are conferences. Some of us go to represent our place of employment or affiliated organization, some of us go to learn practical skills and information we can’t easy access in our daily lives. Some of us […]

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