Knight Arts Challenge DetroitKnight Arts Challenge Detroit

Update: Knight Arts Challenge Detroit just announced 58 Detroit winners for 2014.

You’re here because, like us, you believe the arts are the highest form of human expression. They describe beauty, speak to our soul, engage and enrage. They celebrate our community’s diversity and etch our shared experience. The arts inspire.

It’s your turn to inspire Detroit’s vibrant local arts scene and enrich the city’s neighborhoods.

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is a $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts.  Whether you’re an independent artist, business, established arts institution, organization or individual – we want to hear from you.

No idea is too large or too small, as long as it follows three basic rules

  1. Your idea is about arts.
  2. Your project takes place in or benefits Detroit.
  3. You find other funding to match Knight Foundation’s grant.

You will have approximately one year from the time you receive the grant to match our funding.  If it is a multi-year project, you will have about a year to match each year’s grant amount.

The initial, two-question, 150-word applications were accepted  through April 7 here. Finalists were announced in summer 2014, and those projects were asked to submit a more detailed proposal.

We will be answering questions at a series of Community Q&A sessions taking place throughout Detroit the week of March 24. Here’s the schedule:

  • Hamtramck:  Monday, March 24 at The Hamtramck Library (2360 Caniff St), co-hosted by HATCH Detroit
  • Southwest Detroit: Tuesday, March 25 at 555 Gallery (2801 W. Vernor Hwy), co-hosted by 555 Gallery and Southwest Solutions
  • Midtown: Wednesday, March 26 at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Ave), co-hosted by The Charles H. Wright Museum and several partners including Wayne State University
  • Downtown: Thursday, March 27 at The Virgil A. Carr Center (311 E. Grand River Ave), co-hosted by Arts League of Michigan
  • Northwest: Friday, March 28 at Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (19800 Grand River Ave), co-hosted by  Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

Read the  FAQ to learn more. And finally, here’s a catalog of all past challenge winners in Miami, Detroit and Philadelphia.

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