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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By Kathleen Maloney, IFP Minnesota Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is proud to announce the first of a six-part Master Class Series made possible by a generous grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation. IFP MN’s Master Class Series offers the local film community privileged access to film and media innovators who are […]

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Remember the crowdsourced film, “One Day on Earth,” that came out a few years ago? Billed as a global “participatory media experiment,” the project invited video entries from amateur and professional filmmakers – documentation of individual, day-to-day lives around the world – captured over a single 24-hour period, October 10, 2010. From the vast pool […]

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At six community Q&A sessions this month in St. Paul,  Arts Program Officer Tatiana Hernandez  shared tips to help applicants be more competitive in the Knight Arts Challenge, which is offering $4.5  million over the next three years to ideas that engage and enrich the city. Here’s are her tips for beefing up your 150-word […]

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Pro tip: Don’t follow the link to Button Poetry’s YouTube channel unless you’ve got an hour to spend poring through the archive. Trust me. I’ve lost track of all kinds of “work” time to the talented poet-performers featured there after clicking a link shared on Facebook – hours, probably. I have lost time to them, but […]

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By Dangerous Productions Things are hopping in Frogtown, Saint Paul. Dangerous Productions has teamed up with a consortium of other local arts organizations and individuals to turn the once-troubled Saint Paul neighborhood into a unique and thriving cultural destination. How? By any means possible. For the past two years, Dangerous Productions’ HAPPY MINNESOTA project has […]

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By Todd Boss, Motionpoems Think poetry is for nerds and old ladies? Some of the world’s most trend-forward hipsters are saying, “no way.” Last year, we challenged some of America’s hottest advertising, production, and design companies to turn contemporary poems into short films. Several of the companies we contacted work on major studio pictures for […]

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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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