Knight Arts Challenge DetroitKnight Arts Challenge Detroit

Acres of Diamonds: The Story of the Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. April 7th on DPTV.  from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

Update: Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is open for applications through April 13, 2015.

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.

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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 will be accepted online March 16 – April 13.  Winners will be announced in the fall.

To learn more, attend one of our upcoming events:

Launch Party and Pitch Session:

Community Q&A sessions:

  • Mon., March 23 – 6 p.m., Arab-American National Museum in Dearborn, 13624 Michigan Ave.
  • Tues., March 24 – noon, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) in Midtown, 4454 Woodward Ave. (a light lunch will be provided.)
  • Wed., March 25 – 6 p.m., Mexicantown Mercado in Southwest Detroit, 2826 Bagley Ave.

Finally, read the  FAQ and see a catalog of all past challenge winners in Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Paul.

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