St. Paul

The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in St. Paul 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 Program Director Polly Talen.

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At the start of Minnesota Opera’s “The Magic Flute,” my friend leaned over to whisper in my ear: “I didn’t expect Mozart to be so psychedelic!” And trippy it is – this production, created by director Barrie Kosky and British theater group 1927, mines the richness of Mozart’s eccentric work by marrying live performance with […]

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American Composers Forum’s newly launched NextNotes High School Composition Awards is noteworthy simply as a national contest dedicated to recognizing teenaged composers. Knight Foundation is the founding sponsor of NextNotes. When asked about the larger rationale for such a contest, Suzanna Altman, ACF’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, notes that “there is great societal benefit to recognizing […]

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By Petter Leggett, Walker West Music Academy On March 18, Walker West Music Academy held a wall-breaking ceremony at 760 Selby Avenue to kick-off construction of the Academy’s new home. Joining in the ceremony were Academy co-founders Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West, Academy faculty members, administrative staff, board members, construction team members and community […]

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Earlier this week, we opened the Knight Arts Challenge in St. Paul, where we’re looking to fund innovative ideas for the arts. Since this is the challenge’s first year in St. Paul, we thought we’d compile a list of resources and strategies on how to best approach your application ahead of the May 5 deadline. […]

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By The American Composers Forum The American Composers Forum (ACF) announces the launch of a new, national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition. The NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards will encourage and recognize the creativity of high school composers and award outstanding talent with mentorship, scholarship funds and […]

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By Melinda Childs, Forecast Public Art An innovative collaboration between Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota  and Forecast Public Art produced a series of short films featuring recent public art projects in Minnesota. This collaboration captures the behind-the-scenes stories of the sometimes chaotic but always exciting creative process of public art in our everyday lives. Recently awarded […]

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“The Mountaintop” attempts to examine the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with fresh eyes: a man wrestling with his already larger-than-life historical footprint, seen through the lens of the last night of his life – April 3, 1968 – and a chance encounter that quickly turns surreal. The play by Katori Hall […]

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Today, Knight Foundation is opening an opportunity for everyone—and we mean everyone—in St. Paul with a great idea for the arts. The Knight Arts Challenge is officially accepting applications. Now through May 5, we will be looking for the most innovative arts ideas to share $1.5 million in funding. You can submit them here at […]

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As is the case every spring, there are scads of literary events going on in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul in honor of National Poetry Month. One of my favorites this year comes out of Greater Minnesota, actually: the students and faculty of the English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato are sharing a new video […]

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In an interview for PEN.org, published just before Christmas 2013, novelist Alexander Chee made an off-the-cuff remark about the pleasures of writing aboard a train, saying, “I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers.” Chee’s quotable sentiment made the rounds on Twitter, where it was picked up and given a head of steam by freelance writer […]

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