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We’re excited to share big news for the South Florida arts community: Knight Foundation is committing $23 million in new funding for arts and culture.

Part of a two-pronged strategy, the funding will go to some of the region’s leading arts institutions and to fund more grassroots projects by continuing the Knight Arts Challenge through 2015.

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“34 ideas win Knight Arts Challenge Miami
press release on Knightfoundation.org

“Making art general in South Florida: @knightfdn celebrates the local cultural community” by Elizabeth R. Miller on Knight Blog 

Everywhere you go in South Florida, we want you to have an encounter with art. As Knight Foundation President Alberto  Ibargüen told the Miami Herald: “The point of all of this, as I never tire of saying, is we want to make art general in Miami. To do that, you want to support arts institutions that day in and day out offer opportunities for people in Miami to see and feel and participate and engage art… and then at the same time engaging anybody in Miami who has an idea.”

The institutions receiving funding are:

We began to invest deeply in the arts in 2008, just as the arts scene was beginning to take shape. We’re increasing funding now to help take the cultural community to the next level.

We decided to renew the challenge after commissioning a study on the contest’s impact. It found that challenge funding has helped fuel the local art scene, and especially helped the smaller, entrepreneurial projects that makes Miami so unique.

You can read more about the new funding in the Herald and Artinfo.

Tomorrow night, we’ll be announcing the 2012 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge – look for them at 7 p.m. here at KnightArts.org. About half are projects driven by small organizations and individuals – we’re looking forward to seeing their work, and the community, develop further.

By Dennis Scholl, vice president/Arts at Knight Foundation


Cleveland Orchestra musician Robert Woolfrey working with students at The Barnyard neighborhood community center in Coconut Grove Village West, Miami Credit: Roger Mastroianni

3 Responses to “Announcing new arts funding, projects to enrich South Florida”

  1. Will their be a new initiative coming up to which we can apply? We are a non-profit artist cooperative working in partnership with the City of Lake Worth and the Lake Worth CRA (LULA) to build a facility that will become part of the economic engine (through our cultural input) in an economically depressed region. No such facility exists in a 200 mile radius of our location. We are a 501c3 and have been since 2005. We operate a successful cooperative gallery in Lake Worth featuring 30 local artists. We have over 100 additional artists waiting for the glass-blowing, kiln complex, 3-d studio space to be built. We have an ideal location. We have a promise of funding if we can secure other sources. Thank you. Joyce Brown- Flamingo Clay Studio- 215-205-9441- JClay6@aol.com

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