San Jose and Silicon Valley

The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in San Jose and Silicon Valley that can create transformational and sustainable change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please contact Special Assistant to the VP/Community and National Initiatives George Abbott.

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By Dennis Scholl and Tatiana Hernandez Today, the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released its Knight Foundation funded report on the current state of arts education. For those of us passionate about the arts and concerned over recent trends, this report couldn’t have come at a better time. The Committee found that, […]

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By Margot Helm, Opera San Jose On Saturday, May 7th, over one thousand Bay Area residents will get their first taste of opera by attending a special performance of “the greatest love story ever sung”: Puccini’s beloved classic, La bohème.   With support from the Knight Foundation, Opera San José is excited to share the […]

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By Akron Art Museum Staff The Akron Art Museum has a bestseller: Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore, co-published by the museum and Damiani, an Italian publisher.  The book, produced for an exhibition organized by the museum last summer, is in its third printing just 8 months after its release.  It was just named one […]

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Random Acts of Culture ™ arrived with a bang in San Jose last week as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale surprised audiences with spontaneous performances of Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts and Shenandoah.

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By Alan Rapp, Managing Editor for New City Reader For the past six weeks, a weekly newsprint publication, the New City Reader, has been produced on the gallery floor of New York’s New Museum. One of several projects installed in the context of the exhibition, “The Last Newspaper,” the New City Reader takes on fundamental […]

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Who loves Random Acts of Culture™? You do! Knight Foundation’s national initiative to bring the classics out of the performance halls and onto the streets has caught your eye – to the tune of over 500,000 page views on KnightArts.org and three million YouTube hits, most notably the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s performance of Hallelujah […]

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The nominations are in, and two Knight Arts films are up for a 2010 Suncoast Emmy. Our 30-minute documentary of the 2008 Knight Arts Challenge is nominated in the Arts/Entertainment Program category. Subjects include Art Center/South Florida, Leggo My Demo and the New World School of the Arts. Sunday’s Best, an eight-minute film documenting the […]

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Today is the last day to enter the LeBron James Poetry Contest – submit your entry today and join the conversation. The contest has solicited over 1,000 entries to date and is being covered by ESPN, the New Yorker and NPR. What do you have to say? Are you so happy (or depressed) that LeBron […]

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While visiting San Jose I was able to visit the  artist residency program at the Montalvo Arts Center. Set on a 350-acre estate just southwest of San Jose, it is a multidisciplinary program that includes a culinary residency! I’ve often wondered why the culinary arts aren’t included in more fine arts programs. Artists live in […]

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As part of the Knight national art program I’ve been traveling around to the eight Knight resident cities (Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, Saint Paul and San Jose). This week found me in San Jose for the launch of the ZERO1 Biennial,  an exhibition that melds art and technology, where I spoke at the […]

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