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By Bill Haugen, VocalEssence “You’ve got what you need inside of you,” explains WITNESS guest artist Melanie DeMore, modeling the art of body percussion in the middle of a circle of teenaged boys and girls at the Hennepin County Home School. “Just break it down into little pieces.” Timid and skeptical at first, the students […]

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Now through Nov. 15, five small South Florida arts organizations are vying for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, offering a $20,000 prize. Below, author and playwright Teo Castellanos talks about why he should get your vote. To see the other nominees and to text to vote, visit knightarts.org/peopleschoice. Q. Why should your group win […]

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By Etain Connor and Laura Bruney, Arts & Business Council of Miami More and more CEOs are looking at the arts to enhance employee engagement.  Business professionals who serve on boards or volunteer in the arts learn to be innovators from going behind the scenes and working directly with artists. Kaufman Rossin, one of the […]

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Knight Foundation heads west today as VP/Arts Dennis Scholl joins Cleveland’s NPR station WCPN to discuss his Oct 25 appearance at the City Club of Cleveland.  Click here to listen to the interview. Scholl is heading to the City Club of Cleveland to discuss what today’s audiences want from the arts. He’ll will give examples […]

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By Nicole Chipi, Knight Foundation Michael Kaiser – the man dubbed “the turnaround king” for his work reviving institutions like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Royal Opera House – has released the third book of his popular trilogy on creating and sustaining arts organizations. “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations” […]

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By Nicole Chipi, Knight Foundation What should every artist know before applying for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts? Knight Foundation hosted a conversation on that topic with Robert Frankel, former NEA director for Museums and Visual Arts. Frankel and Knight’s Dennis Scholl went over the nuts and bolts of the application […]

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By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer Neither the vicissitudes of the season opener – Eugene Onegin – nor James Levine’s eagerly awaited return in Così fan tutte, nor the American premiere of young Nico Muhly’s controversial Two Boys managed to overshadow the New York Metropolitan Opera’s revival of three opera productions that in the […]

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By Pati Vargas, Viernes Culturales Join us for another Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday.  Little Havana’s popular art, music and culture festival for everyone.  Come and enjoy the music of Lucy Grau, Latin tropical diva and Vicentico y su Sonera, a touch of Cuban sones.  Little Havana comes to life the last Friday of every month, enjoy music, […]

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Cross-posted from WyntonMarsalis.com Last night we played our first church, the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The church was packed with as diverse an audience as I’ve ever […]

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By Bryan McGovern Wilson, AIRIE On October 1st, 2013, the Federal government initiated a series of closures for the entire United States, suspending and furloughing many federally run programs, institutions and their employees.  The National Parks fell within the crosshairs of this government shutdown. Access was cut off to the Everglades National Park and the […]

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