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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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Innovative theater begins with Shira Abergel. Her traveling theater wagon concept won a Knight Arts Challenge grant and, despite the pot holes and glitches along the way, she’s ready to get hers built. This Thursday, April 23rd at the Miami Theater Center, the spirit of Baba Yaga (a supernatural being from Slavic folklore) emerges during […]

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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger The Winding Sheet Outfit is a group of theater artists focused on creating small experiences with seemingly random objects in ways that marry the silly and the sinister. Their project, “The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines,” was awarded a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul grant and now […]

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Rehearsals. To Accept, Dial 5 by M.J. Fievre

At the Centro Cultural Español, of course! Every Wednesday and Thursday during the month of  April, the O, Miami Poetry Festival has partnered with MicroTheater Miami, both Knight Arts grantees, to bring you O, MicroTheater. On these nights, O, MicroTheater will feature Plays on Verse: short plays, usually lasting no more than 15 minutes, written […]

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In collaboration with FUNDarte, a Knight Arts grantee, Elizabeth Doud brings Climakaze to Miami. Climakaze is a three-day, participation-driven series of dialogues, performances and gatherings to connect the community, create awareness and incite action around the issue of global climate change. Aimed at artists, scientists and change-makers concerned about climate-change, Climakaze is a catalyst for […]

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A few months ago, CATAC (the Center for Applied Theatre and Culture) announced that it had received a $15,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to create a dramatic piece about the history of rubber in Akron through its production arm, the New World Performance Laboratory. The outlines of the project were covered in another post, in […]

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This is the time of year where the whole town is painted pink in Macon. From March 19 to April 4, at least 50 events occur in the name of Cherry Blossom time. Through the years, the organizers have altered the programming to include an array of productions. The increase of art engagement and economic […]

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Despite radical progress from the time that HIV/AIDS was a fatal and stigmatized disease, a cure still does not exist. But recent studies suggest that persons living with HIV/AIDS can now have life expectancies equal to and/or greater than those of the general population–if they are receiving treatment. Along with countless other HIV/AIDS organizations across the country […]

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Sounding Room @ Locust  Projects.

Subvert expectations. Create community. That’s the heart of “Sounding Room,” a collaborative installation and impromptu composition of audio sculptures divined by artists Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Valerie George. The project–also described as “an adaptable platform for aural experimentation”–is currently on display at Locust Projects through April 18th. Carlisle and George invited eight interdisciplinary artists from both […]

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Nearly two decades into the 20th century, James Weldon Johnson began to create a collection of seven poems called God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, which have been artistically expressed by many individual and groups of artists. Johnson was inspired to write these pieces of literary works from listening to African American pastors recite […]

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