Miami, get those art ideas ready

Published on January 10, 2013 by in Miami


By Tatiana Hernandez, Knight Foundation

If you have a great idea in the arts in South Florida, we want to know! The next round of the Knight Arts Challenge Miami is launching in just a few short weeks. Beginning on Feb. 4, 2013, we’ll be looking for the best and most innovative ideas from local individuals and organizations that seek to weave the arts into South Floridian’s everyday lives. To help get you thinking about your idea, we compiled a list of resources and strategies on how to best apply. Here they are:

  • A recent multimedia Knight Arts Report explored the impact the challenge is having on South Florida. Watch video profiles of past winners and download the full report about the ways the challenge is bringing the community together through the arts.
  • If you’re looking to get inspired, check out the nearly 100 projects that have been funded in the past three years alone. Here’s a list of the winners from 2012, 2011 and 2010.
  • If you’re already working on an idea, be sure to read this advice that offers ways to help make your application stand out. Remember, we love it when people think outside the box – innovation is encouraged.
  • Last year, I offered insider tips for potential applicants in a Q&A with the Miami New Times. I described things like how many applications we’ve gotten in the past and the process by which the winners are selected.
  • Read our FAQ about the contest. Keep in mind we will have opportunities for the community to ask questions through live web-chats and in-person town halls, stay tuned to for those dates.

So get those ideas ready! Submissions will be accepted Feb. 4 – March 4, 2013. Applications will be accepted in English, Spanish and Creole.

Anyone, anywhere can apply. There are just three simple rules: 1. The idea is about the arts; 2. The project takes place in or benefits South Florida and 3. You must find funding to match the Knight Foundation grant

To stay up-to-date on the latest Knight Arts Challenge Miami news, follow @knightfdn on Twitter, tweet at us using the hashtag #knightarts and join the conversation on our Knight Arts Challenge Facebook page.

Get to cracking – we’re excited to see what you come up with!

Photo by Flickr user Wallyg

Photo by Flickr user Wallyg


2 Responses to “Miami, get those art ideas ready”

  1. Jon W. Poses says:

    A few questions:
    1.) Can the applicant be from OUTSIDE of Florida?
    2.) If the applicant is a musician/ensemble does he/the group have to be a non-profit entity?
    3.) Can the matching funds come from concert ticket sales?
    4.) The range of funding levels?
    5.) The time period that the project(s) need to take place — and be completed by?

    Thank You,

    Jon W., Poses, Artist Representative
    National Pastimes Productions

  2. Tatiana Hernandez says:

    Hi Jon,

    Great questions. Here are some answers:

    1.) YES, the applicant can be from outside of Florida.
    2.) NO, the applicant does not need to be a non profit.
    3.) In most cases, YES, the matching funds can come from ticket sales.
    4.) Grants have ranged from $10,000 – $900,000. In recent years, the largest grant awarded in Miami was $300,000 (2011).
    5.) The time period is flexible however, planning / implementation should begin by summer 2014.

    I encourage you to also visit: for more information.

    Best of luck,

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