Knight Arts Challenge Winners Index

KAC Miami 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
KAC Philadelphia 2011 | 2012 | 2013
KAC Detroit 2013 | 2014
KAC St. Paul 2014
Coming in 2015: KAC Akron

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2014 Winners (47 winners, $2.29 million) (press release)

Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2014 Winners

  • 6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject ($28,000): To build connections between the urban dance communities in Miami and Detroit through master classes in each city and via video conferencing, anchored by Hardcore Detroit and Miami’s 6th Street Dance Studio/Whole Project
  • ∞ mile (infinite mile) ($20,000): To foster artistic discourse in Detroit through a monthly, online art journal that produces reviews, interviews, articles and artist projects
  • A Host of People ($20,000): To celebrate the do-it-yourself movement in both food and the arts by creating a site-responsive theater piece performed in community gardens
  • Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum ($100,000): To enhance an educational center for African culture by creating and renovating an exhibition and programming space for the African Bead Museum
  • Allied Media Projects ($40,000): To expand the annual Allied Media Conference to include a full music showcase, further exploring the intersection of art and social change
  • Andrew Krieger ($30,000): To weave art into people’s everyday lives by creating “Kamishibai Man,” a bicycle-mounted wooden theater — based on a Japanese tradition — where performers use paper art to tell serial stories
  • ApeTechnology ($15,000): To create a post-industrial homage to the Javanese tradition of shadow puppetry through a modern performance with towering, robotic puppets and gongs
  • ARTLAB J ($100,000): To support Detroit Dance City Festival, a three-day celebration that provides an opportunity for local and national artists to present their work and strengthen ties in Detroit’s dance community
  • Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel ($35,000): To share the traditional dances of Mexico’s La Huasteca region by partnering with a local dance group and professionals in Mexico to teach the art to Detroiters
  • Biba Bell ($7,000): To invite the public to experience both dance and classic architecture by producing “It Never Really Happened,” an intimate performance inside an apartment in the 1950s Detroit high-rise designed by Mies van der Rohe
  • Body Rhythm Dance Theatre ($30,000): To celebrate Detroit’s former Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods by creating a musical dedicated to its legacy.
  • Broadside Press ($20,000): To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Broadside Press, a Detroit-based publisher for many leading African-American writers, by helping digitize its works
  • Drum Summit Will Connect Detroiters of Different Backgrounds Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History ($70,000):
    To showcase how unique and connected global cultures are by hosting Call of the Drum: A Drum Summit, featuring percussionists from around the world
  • CLAVE ($12,000): To honor the spirit of Southwest Detroit by creating “Inspiración,” a mosaic mural in the Springwells viaduct, one of the area’s main arteries
  • CMAP (Carrie Morris Arts Production) ($35,000):
    To present the Living Room Series, contemporary puppet performances that challenge the perception that art exists only for specific spaces
  • Corktown Cinema L3C ($50,000): To expand the Detroit’s cinematic landscape by featuring local and international film and art otherwise not represented in the region
  • Cranbrook Art Museum ($150,000): To mount performance artist Nick Cave’s “Biggest, Baddest Performance of All Time!” a series of spectacles around the city
  • Detroit Digital Stewards ($60,000):
    To tell the story of Detroit’s neighborhoods through sound by creating “Detroit Music Box,” a suite of digital radio shows produced by the people who live there
  • Detroit Drumline Academy ($30,000): To build on a strong history of Detroit percussionists by having former drummers from Detroit-area schools teach and mentor middle and high school students
  • Detroit Fiber Works ($20,000):
    To promote fiber arts and the Avenue of Fashion by hosting free fiber art workshops for children, teens and adults
  • Detroit Film Labs ($60,000):
    To foster storytelling in Detroit by offering a series of workshops to first-time filmmakers in underrepresented communities
  • Detroit Future Schools ($40,000):
    To use the arts to help youth tell their neighborhood stories by having them conduct research about their communities and convey their findings through “Data Murals”
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra ($75,000):
    To explore the role of art in shaping the history, recovery and resurgence of a city through a cultural exchange between Detroit and New Orleans
  • DIRT TECH RECK ($20,000):
    To continue Detroit’s musical legacy by creating a video series that explores the creative processes that drives Detroit’s musicians
  • DittoDitto ($20,000):
    To foster a dialogue around the arts and arts books by supporting a small publishing house and store focused on literary and visual arts books
  • Garage Cultural ($20,000):
    To engage Latino youth in the theater arts through a bilingual performing arts program in southwest Detroit
  • InsideOut Literary Arts Project ($100,000):
    To host a techno-poetry performance, led by poet Nandi Comer, exploring the history of Detroit DJs and their contribution to contemporary music
  • JacobsStreet/The Untitled Bottega ($100,000):
    To transform an abandoned property near a North End art gallery into an outdoor theater and cultural hub meant to strengthen a neighborhood through the arts
  • Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde ($29,000):
    To promote civic pride via The Detroit Tattoo Project, where a local poet is commissioned to create a piece about the city which is then divided and drawn for use on free tattoos that, when reassembled, reveal graphic elements containing a secret image
  • Leith Campbell ($6,000):
    To use the slow cadence of a captured sunbeam to set the pace of an electronic interpretation of composer John Cage’s ‘As Slow As Possible.’
  • Literary Detroit ($5,000):
    To further build the literary community via a monthly series where poet and audience co-create works
  • Lo & Behold! ($7,000):
    To explore the array of cultures and music in Hamtramck by conducting “field recordings” of local music — for example, a Bangladeshi street fair or a gospel trio — presented with minimal editing
  • Matrix Theatre Company ($30,000):
    To commission a well-known bilingual playwright to work with the city’s Latino community in developing a new piece
  • McEwen Studio & HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? ($10,000):
    To re-design an existing vacant house as an opera and performance space, in which community members collaborate with visiting artists
  • Michelle Andonian ($50,000):
    To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide through a book of photographs and a performance entitled “Hope Dies Last”
  • Michigan Underground Group ($5,000):
    To build the city’s underground music scene by documenting Detroit’s unconventional music
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) ($30,000): To host international guest curator Jens Hoffmann to create a salon-style exhibition exploring a cross-section of Detroit ‘s visual arts for the past 15 years
  • Nate Young ($10,000):
    To bring local and international musicians together by presenting The Trip Metal Fest, a festival featuring electronic music in all its forms
  • New Music Detroit ($15,000):
    To spotlight challenging new music from the late 20th century through today during “Strange Beautiful Music,” a daylong marathon concert
  • Piper Carter ($40,000):
    To explore the role and impact of women in hip-hop through a gathering of leading figures in Detroit’s digital media, art, dance and performance communities
  • Ponyride ($20,000): To further Detroit as a center for art and design by expanding a visiting artist-in-residence program dedicated to producing art in and for Detroit
  • Popps Packing ($23,000):
    To support the expansion of Popps Packing’s unique artist residency program, which caters to national and international artists with children, providing a holistic space in which artists with families can create
  • Power House Productions ($250,000): To celebrate the role of art in developing and inspiring neighborhoods through a series of programs leading up to a community-wide block party in Banglatown
  • RecoveryPark ($40,000): To support a new home for John’s Carpet House, a weekly blues jam session founded by drummer John Estes
  • rootoftwo ($30,000): To explore how fear is used in contemporary media by creating do-it-yourself kits for making dynamic sculptures to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories
  • Rowe Niodior African Dance Company ($20,000):
    To create community through a four-day festival exploring how West and Central African groups use music and dance to celebrate their culture
  • Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts ($35,000):
    To expand an outdoor celebration of performance and installation art to neighborhoods across the city
  • The Hinterlands ($30,000):
    To explore Detroit’s 20th century history of radical art and politics through The Radicalization Process, a yearlong performance series built on interviews, artifacts and historic footage
  • The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art ($60,000):
    To strengthen creative businesses by creating Quarter Pop on Grand River, an arts incubator that provides access to new skills and storefront spaces
  • The Raiz Up ($25,000):
    To use hip-hop to spark conversations about the city’s cultural heritage and social issues through Paint my Roots, or Pinta mis Raices, a series of concerts, workshops and collaborative murals
  • Gratiot & Riopelle ($5,000):
    To preserve Detroit’s historic signs by documenting the typography around the city via photography and making them into useable, digital typefaces for local business and letterpress use
  • Trinosophes ($10,000):
    To create a commissioning program that will fund new works in music and the visual arts and award a prize to an artist for their contribution to Detroit’s culture
  • Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan ($100,000):
    To expand Brightmoor’s community of makers by repurposing a building into the Brightmoor Maker Space where neighbors can share and develop creative skills
  • Pop-Up Storytelling Installations Tell Neighborhood Narratives WDET ($60,000):
    To bring the stories of Detroit’s ethnic communities to life by partnering with artists and galleries on pop-up installations featuring photography and audio storytelling
  • What Pipeline ($15,000):
    To expand the narrative of the city’s creative talent by publishing a series of art books on Detroit-based artists
  • Write a House ($100,000):
    To bring new vitality to the literary arts in Detroit by expanding Write a House, which awards renovated homes to writers based on the quality of their work
  • Young Nation ($75,000):
    To create a neighborhood gathering place by engaging local artists, youth and residents in Southwest Detroit in designing and building an art-filled public plaza
  • YoYo School of Hip Hop ($40,000):
    To use hip-hop to teach students about technology, physical fitness, career goals and communication skills through a summer camp

Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul 2014 Winners (41)

  • Aaron Dysart, Andrea Steudel, Emily Stover and Asia Ward ($35,000): To celebrate the landmark power plant in downtown St. Paul as a largely sustainable fuel source by projecting a light show on the steam plume that billows from the roof
  • Alec Soth / Little Brown Mushroom ($35,000): To create “The Winnebago Workshop,” a mobile classroom where teens are paired with artists to create multimedia stories
  • American Composers Forum ($7,000): To bring the arts into people’s everyday lives by infusing music experiences into unlikely places in downtown St. Paul during the noontime hour.
  • Ananya Dance Theatre ($50,000): To tell the story of women’s roles in the global food system through an interdisciplinary piece
  • Asian Economic Development Association ($50,000): To explore the significance of water through art at the St. Paul Water Festival, a Minnesota adaptation of celebrations that take place in Southeast Asia.
  • Barry Madore ($50,0000): To showcase Latino East Siders through a fictional radio novela/variety show, broadcast on the new Dayton’s Bluff FM station
  • Button Poetry ($40,000): To provide the community with access to top spoken-word artists through monthly performances and workshops
  • Center for Hmong Arts and Talent ($35,000): To highlight the best of Hmong design through the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show, where contestants incorporate the five traditional Hmong fabrics into contemporary form
  • Contempo Physical Dance ($30,000): To challenge assumptions about African and contemporary dance through an annual choreography residency for those working in Brazilian or African Diaspora contemporary dance
  • curious incident ($15,000): To highlight the history of St. Paul’s unused spaces by energizing them with immersive arts events
  • East Side Freedom Library ($25,000): To commission large-scale artworks that promote “the work of freedom” and honor the people who have shaped the city’s East Side
  • Hamilton Ink Spot ($50,000): To expand this storefront cooperative that provides classes and mentorship programs for the hand printing of original artwork
  • In Progress ($50,000): To build understanding of the long invisible yet vibrant North End community through digital storytelling by local youth and adults
  • Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota ($60,000): To help develop local screenwriters through a fellowship competition where all finalists receive mentoring and classes to improve their work
  • Jeff Bartlett ($45,000): To transform landmark buildings in St. Paul by having master lighting designer Jeff Bartlett turn architectural icons into kinetic canvases for light, color and drama.
  • Jonathan Oppenheimer ($25,000): To amplify artists’ and immigrant business owners’ voices along Snelling Avenue through mosaics, graffiti art and paint murals that showcase the neighborhood’s stories
  • Ka Joog ($20,000): To preserve the art of Somali poetry through a mobile art program offering performances and educational programming
  • M2 Foundation ($30,000): To foster a love for music in St. Paul youth by teaching them to perform African and Brazilian rhythms on percussion instruments, preparing for performances at the St. Paul Saints’ new ballpark
  • McNally Smith College of Music Foundation ($20,000): To provide high school students interested in music careers with the rare opportunity to attend a prestigious GRAMMY Camp, staffed by GRAMMY professionals
  • Michael Bahl ($40,000): To create a landmark for St. Paul bicycle culture through a sculpture that doubles as a bike rack
  • Mizna ($40,000): To introduce new audiences to Arab-American artistic expression by bringing local and national Arab writers and filmmakers to the city’s parks, art spaces and cafes
  • MN Spoken Word Association ($14,000): To celebrate the city through spoken word by creating a tapestry of poems written by residents in 10 rapidly growing neighborhoods
  • Mu Performing Arts ($70,000): To empower immigrants in the Twin Cities to tell their stories by creating an original play about the 21st century immigrant experience in collaboration with artist Masanari Kawahara
  • Nautilus Music-Theater ($40,000): To become a major resource in the renaissance of Lowertown St. Paul by expanding programming and audience engagement efforts in a new street-level space
  • Ragamala Dance Company ($18,000): To bring a traditional Indian celebration of the arts into the public sphere with “Navaratri: Bringing the Arts from Home to Community”
  • Rogue Citizen /Free Range Music Cooperative ($15,000): To celebrate St. Paul hip-hop through an arts and music series that draws attention to an often-overlooked culture in the city
  • Saint Paul Public Schools and Partners ($5,000): To encourage creative expression by creating a public gallery to present high-quality student-produced art events
  • Science Museum of Minnesota ($55,000): To explore race and racism through community workshops that are paired with a museum exhibition, led by Penumbra Theatre Company, and grounded in theater techniques
  • Shades of Yellow ($19,000): To build the Hmong/ Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ artist community by opening a studio where artists can create, perform and receive support to creatively share their stories
  • Silvia Pontaza ($40,000): To make art more accessible to the Latino community by creating a community radio show and podcast that provides context on local cultural exhibits and events
  • Stahl Construction Company ($45,000): To preserve the legacy of St. Paul’s architecture by restoring historic company signs that distinguish Lowertown
  • Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance ($15,000): To introduce local audiences to Indonesian shadow puppet plays, known as wayang kulit, based on traditional stories and current events in Minnesota
  • Sweet 317 ($6,000): To offer a free monthly music series at this intimate space in Lowertown focused on art-forward events
  • The Baroque RoomRecipient: ($12,000): To showcase the Saint Paul classical music scene during the Art Crawl through performances in art gallery spaces
  • The Bindery Projects ($50,000): To ensure the city is part of the national discourse on contemporary art by showcasing prominent artists at this artist-run exhibition space
  • The Winding Sheet Outfit ($4,000): To infuse a sense of magic and wonder into theater through a storytelling performance that takes place beneath a black tent that travels around the city
  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival ($125,000): To increase audiences for jazz by expanding the outdoor stages in Lowertown for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival
  • Unify University! ($7,000): To celebrate cultural unity by commissioning artists to build giant street puppets for the Unify University Community Parade
  • Walker West Music Academy ($25,000): To bring jazz music back to Selby Avenue through a monthly free concert series at Walker West’s new music center
  • Wonderlust Productions ($35,000): To provide a behind-the-scenes peak of the state Capitol through a site-specific play generated by the people who bring the place to life each day
  • WorkHorse Coffee Bar ($5,000): To engage Green Line LRT commuters by creating “the smallest museum in St. Paul” in a vintage fire-hose cabinet along University Avenue
  • Zeitgeist ($10,000): To meld the musical and culinary arts by pairing foods with new musical compositions

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2013 Winners (49)

  • ArtCenter/South Florida ($120,000): To provide opportunities for Miami’s artistic talent and to attract new creatives to the city by strengthening the center’s residency programs
  • Awesome New Republic ($40,000): To bring together the city’s musicians, dancers and filmmakers to produce a multimedia theatrical work that explores South Florida’s evolution from swampland to modern metropolis
  • The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida ($50,000): To provide a platform for recognized and emerging spoken word artists during a monthly series that will eventually be presented at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater when it reopens in 2014
  • Cannonball Miami ($120,000): To provide local artists with opportunities for growth through a new educational program that explores experimental thinking in art production and education
  • Circ X and The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater ($50,000): To create Greater Miami’s only resident cabaret at the Jackie Gleason Theater by converting the greenroom into a permanent space for regular performances
  • Community Arts Program ($100,000): To introduce more young Miamians to jazz by creating an after-school jazz institute that provides leading-edge training in America’s great art form
  • Florida International University College of Architecture + Arts ($90,000): To develop the next generation of creatives by launching a summer career discovery program for high school students centered on art and design
  • Friends of the Bass Museum ($75,000): To make provocative artworks accessible to the public by expanding the museum’s outdoor public exhibitions to include concerts, performances and other programming
  • FUNDarte ($50,000): To engage South Florida’s GLBTQ youth through the arts by growing the annual Out in the Tropics Performing Arts Festival to include educational workshops in high schools and community centers
  • GableStage ($80,000): To promote an appreciation for theater by presenting one of GableStage’s productions to local high schools and middle schools, with a study guide and post-performance discussion
  • Hattie Mae Williams ($8,000): To explore the past and present of the historic Venetian Pool and the Miami Marine Stadium by creating a site-specific dance performance
  • Indie Film Club Miami ($100,000): To develop the local film scene by expanding Filmgate, the recently launched interactive film festival, which focuses on cross-platform storytelling, interactive screenings and more
  • Ivan Toth Depeña ($50,000): To promote innovation in the local arts community by creating a series of multimedia, augmented-reality public art projects that exist in both the physical and virtual worlds
  • Key West Council on the Arts ($7,000): To spur interest in classical music across generations by creating a monthlong series that includes family concerts and educational lectures
  • Mapou Cultural Center ($50,000): To promote Haitian culture and literature by creating a Haitian-American book fair in Little Haiti
  • Meals That Heal ($40,000): To provide an innovative funding source for the arts by organizing pop-up dinners at arts venues where participants vote on a creative project to support
  • meme – media experi mental ensemble ($2,500): To explore the fusion of art, music and technology by presenting a multimedia opera written by a southern Florida professor
  • Miami Beach Film Society ($50,000): To foster a deeper appreciation for cinema through a series of conversations on the art of filmmaking led by local and visiting film critics
  • Miami Book Fair International ($120,000): To raise the profile of Florida authors by creating a pop-up lounge at the Book Fair that features writers whose works explore the beauty, contradictions, uniqueness and weirdness of life in the Sunshine State
  • Miami Contemporary Dance Company ($80,000): To draw audiences to Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater with a souped-up dance series taking place when the renovated theater reopens in 2014
  • Miami Gay Men’s Chorus ($10,000): To strengthen choral leadership by expanding the annual South Florida Choral Festival to include professional development workshops
  • Miami Music Project ($100,000): To empower more children to play and appreciate classical music by expanding the project’s orchestral academy to a third location, Liberty City
  • Miramar Cultural Trust ($12,000): To provide deeper insights into arts and culture through a new series where professional artists perform and engage in a dialogue with the audience
  • Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) ($60,000): To expose South Florida audiences to global art centers through a film festival focused on cinema in Nigeria, home to one of the largest film industries in the world
  • New Theatre ($35,000): To sprinkle theater throughout Miami-Dade County by expanding a one-act play festival to four locations from Hialeah to Homestead, Kendall and the beaches
  • New World School of the Arts ($25,000): To help talented low-income students gain a competitive edge in auditions for collegiate arts programs by providing training through the Summer Theater Academy
  • O Cinema ($45,000): To strengthen a center for independent film by upgrading equipment and adding a second auditorium to expand film offerings
  • Palm Beach Opera ($80,000): To bring opera into the community through a series of free outdoor community concerts that include a full orchestra and chorus
  • Poly:Mode ($40,000): To build up South Florida’s design and technology-based art community through a co-op offering access to a range of equipment
  • Puppet Network ($40,000): To engage South Florida in the Latin American tradition of Dia de los Muertos by expanding the Broward-based celebration that includes a giant puppet parade, mask workshops and family-designed altars for loved ones
  • Puremovement Projects ($50,000): To explore the continuing global impact of hip-hop dance through a weeklong series of free classes and workshops featuring award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris and other hip-hop pioneers
  • Seraphic Fire ($180,000): To bring the award-winning vocal ensemble to new audiences through regular masterworks concerts at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
  • Shira Lee Abergel ($50,000): To entertain audiences unconventionally by reimagining the medicine shows of old in a wooden wagon that travels and transforms into a theatrical playing space
  • 6th Street Dance Studio/Whole Project ($45,000): To encourage artistic growth in Miami by creating a residency program for young professional dancers and musicians
  • South Florida Center for Percussive Arts ($50,000): To foster a sense of community among an often-disparate group of local percussionists by providing free weekly master classes taught by well-known drumming artists
  • Studio Enrique Martínez Celaya ($14,000): To strengthen audiences for the visual arts by offering a series of lectures on the intersection of arts and ethics
  • Teatro Prometeo ($50,000): To celebrate children’s theater from around the world by launching a free international children’s theater festival in South Florida during Miami Book Fair International
  • Teo Castellanos D-Projects ($25,000): To fuse world culture, ritual and music in a uniquely Miami story through a one-act play and film produced by artists Teo Castellanos and Tarell McCraney
  • The Bakehouse Art Complex ($50,000): To strengthen a studio art space by updating The Bakehouse’s workshops and adding a foundry for casting metals
  • The M Ensemble Company ($30,000): To inspire an appreciation for theater by having Florida Memorial University students work behind the scenes on a production
  • The Miami Rail ($40,000): To inspire great writing by supporting a visiting-writers program where authors host lectures, roundtables and workshops
  • The Motivational Edge ($50,000): To strengthen an arts program that enables disadvantaged youth to demonstrate their feelings through creative writing and lyrical expression
  • Tigertail Productions ($75,000): To explore art through the perspectives of French and Miami artists during a series of site-specific and new performances that will make up FLA-FRA (Florida-France) in 2014.
  • University of Wynwood ($15,000): To celebrate renowned poet Donald Justice through a new book and conference in his hometown of Miami, where he is virtually unknown
  • Upper Room Art Gallery ($30,000): To preserve the traditional art form of creating dugout canoes by organizing a seasonal Paddle Up, featuring Seminole and Miccosukee canoes
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) ($120,000): To celebrate the new waterfront home of Pérez Art Museum Miami with a monthly series of free evening public programs
  • WDNA-FM ($40,000): To foster a community of jazz aficionados by expanding WDNA’s Jazz Encounter to a video audience through live broadcasts and video archives
  • WPBT2/ Community Television Foundation of South Florida ($50,000): To provide exposure for South Florida artists by producing profiles of 20 prominent artists under the age of 40
  • Zoetic Stage ($25,000): To offer South Florida playwrights a platform by producing two world-premiere plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2013 Winners

(56 projects, $2.1 million total, Sept. 10, 2013)

  • adrienne maree brown: ($20,000): To uplift Detroiters’ ideas and narratives about the city’s future through a series of sci-fi writing workshops that create works for ’zines
  • ADULT. ($40,000): To build on the city’s musical legacy by having this band invite international and national musicians as “house guests” to live together and collaborate on an album
  • Allied Media Projects ($50,000): To fuel new ideas for the classroom by providing digital media teachers with a three-day artists’ retreat and a year-round network of support
  • Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project ($20,000): To mark the exhibition of a collection of artist books and letterpress broadsides commemorating the 2007 bombing of the famed street of Baghdad booksellers through a book arts festival
  • Alonso del Arte ($20,000): To introduce classical music to new audiences by driving an ice cream truck through the city playing Anton Bruckner’s March in E-flat major and other works
  • Ara Topouzian ($12,000): To preserve the heritage of Armenian-American Detroiters by producing a documentary that highlights their history through traditional folk music
  • Arts League of Michigan ($100,000): To inspire and support the local creative community by enhancing the Carr Center as an Artists Hub that offers workspaces and connects artists and the community
  • Brightmoor Alliance ($50,000): To revitalize open spaces in the Brightmoor community by commissioning local artists to replace blight with public art
  • Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPÁS) ($35,000): To preserve and expand the reach of traditional Mexican music by creating a mariachi youth ensemble that would celebrate the popular format while incorporating the music of other Latin American countries
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History ($120,000): To illuminate some of Detroit’s dark neighborhood streets through an outdoor video art installation showcasing the faces and wisdom of the city’s elders
  • Complex Movements ($100,000): To explore the relationship between art, science and social justice movements through a multimedia performance installation inspired by community-led efforts in Detroit
  • Cosmic Slop Festival ($12,000): To celebrate rock music’s multicultural roots through a festival that showcases rock musicians of color
  • CutTime Productions ($30,000): To share a love of the classics by having traditional performers play at neighborhood bars, cafes and eateries
  • Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings ($15,000): To expand the audience for chamber music through a program where the city’s architecturally and historically significant locations are transformed into musical performance spaces
  • Detroit SOUP ($12,000): To engage more Detroiters in giving to creative projects by converting a bread truck into a portable space where people can meet to microfund ideas
  • East Side Riders ($10,000): To foster a community of urban bike design by helping the East Side Riders — artists who build bikes as a means of expression — open a shop and expand
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation ($15,000): To promote creative expression in local youth through a free art program for teens
  • Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective ($20,000): To foster a community of art collectors through an art library where they can borrow a Detroiter’s work to display for two months
  • Hardcore Detroit ($12,000): To preserve the legacy of the 1970s dance craze the Detroit Jit through a documentary featuring the original Jitterbugs and an instructional video on how the dance is performed
  • Heritage Works ($50,000): To explore cultural understanding through the arts by having nationally known choreographers engage communities in creating new works that explore cultural identities and expression
  • Literary Arts Project ($50,000): To help teens develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skills by producing and marketing an online literary journal
  • Jazz Network Foundation ($20,000): To strengthen jazz in Detroit by creating a competition for musicians whose winners will form a performance band
  • Jeff Karoub ($8,000): To create a profoundly engaging musical experience through a series of small concerts rotating through Detroit homes
  • Jon Brumit ($30,000): To create a series of drive-through audio collages of the city by installing hyper-local radio stations continuously broadcasting on the same frequency
  • Leander Johnson ($6,000): To engage Detroiters in the city’s history by creating a series of ’zines that explore the city’s people and places
  • LeeLee Films ($5,000): To engage the community in a discussion on the creative process through screenings of a documentary on Chinese-American philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs
  • Leni Sinclair ($10,000): To preserve the history of Detroit musicians by archiving a photography collection that dates to the 1960s
  • Living Arts ($12,000): To weave the arts into neighborhoods by creating a performance series with local youth and adult artists out of a studio theater at the Mexicantown Mercado
  • LO & BEHOLD! Records & Books ($30,000): To present and document traditional music in Detroit by preserving and making available the traditionally produced recordings of the store’s Folk Blues Night performances
  • Maison LaFleur ($12,000): To use the contemporary arts movement Afrofuturism as a vehicle for social change through a series of educational workshops and installations
  • Mark Wallace ($8,000): To turn abandoned homes into a source of creativity by using reclaimed lumber to create guitars
  • Michigan Arab Orchestra ($100,000): To help bridge cultural gaps in Detroit through a free afterschool program centered on the performance of classical Arab music
  • Michigan Philharmonic ($50,000): To bring together Detroit’s diverse cultures and communities by producing a fusion event featuring the Michigan Philharmonic and the Michigan Arab Orchestra
  • Michigan Theater ($50,000): To inspire Detroit through film by expanding the Cinetopia Film Festival to become a signature event for the city
  • Midtown Detroit ($50,000): To bring Detroiters together by expanding the light-based outdoor art festival DLECTRICITY to include a permanent installation on Woodward Avenue, among other things
  • MODCaR ($25,000): To use the power of design to produce vibrant civic spaces by bringing together architects and creatives with community advocates
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit ($200,000): To inspire the city’s youngest minds through a new program that integrates the arts into every element of an elementary school’s curriculum
  • Motor City Brass Band ($5,000): To help build community through the arts by creating a series of events that use brass band music and the movies to celebrate the people of Detroit
  • Mt Elliott Makerspace ($50,000): To celebrate Detroit’s vibrancy by creating a Hyper Interactive Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Parade that combines the unique traditions of the city’s Caribbean Mardi Gras Festival, local hip-hop artists and the DIY innovators at the Mt Elliott Makerspace
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) ($120,000): To give teens a stake in the arts by creating a teen council at MOCAD that will produce programs, events and materials for their peers and adults
  • N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art ($80,000): To strengthen the city’s galleries by creating a training program where workers learn skills in installing, shipping and archiving art
  • North American Souvenirs ($30,000): To showcase Detroit to the city’s neighbors by creating a residency for Canadian visual artists in the city
  • Notes for Notes ($40,000): To promote free and creative expression through an after-school music program where Detroit’s youth can explore, create and record music
  • Omowale Entertainment ($15,000): To bring Detroit residents together through a series of West African drumming and dancing workshops that teach the form’s historical and cultural significance
  • Plowshares Theatre Company ($75,000): To help high school students discover their artistic talents through theater workshops in partnership with Michigan State University
  • Public Art Workz ($15,000): To provide an artful space by placing handcrafted, whimsical porch swings — equipped with LED lights and cellphone charging stations — at bus stops and in parks around the city
  • Public Pool ($15,000): To cultivate interest in the written word by expanding a neighborhood art space’s literary series to include authors from outside the city
  • PuppetART Theater: ($12,000): To challenge modern perceptions of puppetry by bringing together four Detroit organizations for puppet theater productions
  • The Hinterlands ($35,000): To help unite Hamtramck and Detroit by creating a 48-hour festival along the municipalities’ border
  • The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers ($30,000): To bring Detroiters together through storytelling by strengthening and growing a monthly event where Detroiters share a true, personal story
  • The Woodward Line Poetry Series ($30,000):
    To expand the local audience for poetry by broadening a poetry series to include more prominent national writers and a session where guest authors discuss Detroiters’ unpublished works
  • Theatre Bizarre ($100,000):
    To inspire performers and audiences alike through a large-scale, immersive art installation that brings together local artists, including acrobats and circus sideshow artists
  • Trinosophes ($15,000):
    To shine a spotlight on Detroit’s contributions to the world’s musical culture by transforming a Gratiot Avenue storefront into a small music museum.
  • M.L. Liebler for The Midtown Detroit Literary Walk ($15,000):
    To engage the city in literature by expanding a literary walk in Midtown where national and local writers read at a series of stops a short walking distance from each other
  • Young Nation ($12,000):
    To spread art into neighborhoods by commissioning local artists to create a series of skateboard and bicycle designs that will be sold out of a local shop
  • Zimbabwe Cultural Centre in Detroit ($15,000): To unite artists in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Detroit by transforming two living spaces into cultural consulates

Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia 2013 Winners

  • Ars Nova Workshop ($50,000) To honor Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy by producing a month-long festival in venues across the city during Jazz History Month
  • Art Sphere ($20,000) To enrich Philadelphia’s youth by providing free access to arts education resources and hands-on instruction to organizations with limited resources.
  • Artists U ($14,000) To increase professional development opportunities for local performance artists by expanding a pilot project that allows artists to seek targeted advice and counsel
  • Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia ($100,000) To strengthen the next generation by establishing an institute where emerging arts leaders can gain a deeper understanding of management and leadership
  • BalletX ($25,000) To further the careers of young dancers by both teaching them the art of dance instruction and having them instruct in local schools
  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia ($50,000) To create more public art and enliven city streets by hosting a competition for artists to design new bike racks
  • Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra ($50,000) To deepen amateur musicians’ engagement with classical music by offering adults opportunities to perform alongside the orchestra’s professionals
  • BlackStar Film Festival ($50,000) To support global black cinema through a film festival that will also feature a short screenplay contest
  • Breadboard at the University City Science Center ($100,000)
    To bring the city’s art and tech communities together through a new alliance and facility that will provide hands-on programming, plus a civic prototyping lab addressing community issues
  • CITYWIDE ($13,000) To promote collaboration in the visual arts by enabling more than 20 collectives to produce a multivenue, one-month exhibit
  • Pennsylvania Girlchoir, member-choir of Commonwealth Youthchoirs ($15,000) To empower girls through music by launching a large-scale choral event for seventh- to 12th-grade girls, featuring female conductors and composers
  • Dance/USA Philadelphia ($20,000) To raise the visibility of live dance by creating a pop-up studio in a highly visible public space where passers-by can witness the usually private rehearsal process
  • David Guinn ($9,000) To engage Philadelphians with art by bringing artist-created temporary outdoor wall-painting installations to Center City
  • Dolce Suono Ensemble ($25,000) To bring more music to Philadelphia’s Latino communities by working with organizations to develop a new outreach initiative bridging classical and Latin music
  • Drexel ExCITe Center ($75,000) To engage and develop new audiences for music with a series of live concerts enhanced with audio-driven media technologies
  • Ernest Stuart ($15,000) To increase audiences for jazz by expanding the Center City Jazz Festival to include additional events and venues
  • FringeArts ($50,000) To ignite imaginations around the future of environmental conservation by creating a large and visually stunning art installation along the Delaware River complete with solar panels, gardens and more
  • Inta ($50,000) To bring bold, highly theatrical performances by dancer/choreographers Eiko & Koma to two unique public outdoor spaces, the Reading Viaduct and PAFA’s Lenfest Plaza
  • Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble ($20,000) To invite audiences to participate in master classes, rehearse and perform a new work blending traditional African dance with hip-hop, funk and soul
  • Lee Ann Etzold ($25,000) To foster a greater sense of community between two geographically close but culturally diverse neighborhoods by producing a theatrical performance written and performed by its residents
  • Opera Philadelphia ($100,000) To offer a more immersive opera experience by launching a series of 50-minute operas, the first of which, about a Serbian wedding, will be followed by an authentic Balkan wedding feast
  • Pasion y Arte Flamenco ($35,000) To celebrate the contributions of Flamenco dance by producing a two-week festival including an educational symposium and performances by groundbreaking Flamenco artists
  • Philadelphia Film Society ($150,000) To provide students and local filmmakers the opportunity to share their cinematic work on the big screen by holding monthly community screenings at the Theater at the Roxy
  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Performing Arts Office ($5,000) To offer after-school art programming for children by placing art teachers in each of the eight city districts to give instruction in singing, acting and dancing
  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center ($100,000) To cultivate new audiences for contemporary photography by organizing innovative exhibitions featuring digitally printed photographic murals, nontraditional approaches to portraiture and auxiliary programming
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company ($100,000) To engage Philadelphia in a dialogue about young people being shuttled from school into the criminal justice system by supporting a two-year residency of actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
  • Philadelphia Young Playwrights ($20,000) To help students gain a deeper understanding of how to leverage theater for social change by expanding a festival, in collaboration with InterAct Theatre Company, featuring professional productions of high school students’ monologues.
  • Pig Iron Theatre Company, with Dr. Dog ($60,000) To merge two indie-arts genres by translating the music of rock band Dr. Dog into a theatrical spectacle.
  • Play On, Philly! ($150,000) To cultivate students’ music skills by coordinating a multifaceted creative initiative that will teach music production and technology, composition, jazz and more.
  • Reading Terminal Market ($60,000) To weave the arts into people’s everyday lives by curating a formalized performing arts series at Reading Terminal Market
  • Shakespeare in Clark Park ($35,000) To engage audiences in new ways with an interactive event around Shakespeare’s Henry IV, enabling attendees to participate in a battle scene
  • South Street Headhouse District ($15,000) To bring cultural vibrancy to the South Street neighborhood by organizing a series of pop-up and street events featuring music, theater and visual arts
  • Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society ($15,000) To celebrate Indian music and introduce it to a young and urban audience by offering a concert series with rotating ensembles of professional musicians
  • Stacey Wilson ($20,000) To explore the connection between music and art by offering an aural experience for patrons that pairs individual works of visual art with a unique music mix
  • Swim Pony Performing Arts ($40,000) To push the boundaries for audiences by curating a series of cross-disciplinary events that feature unexpected collaborations
  • Taller Puertorriqueño ($60,000) To engage more audiences in the city’s Latino arts scene by organizing gallery exhibits, including mixed-media installations and music performances
  • The Philly Pigeon ($13,000) To bring poetry to a wider audience and support the development of more performance poets by expanding The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam.
  • The Rotunda ($7,000) To challenge musicians to turn a 100-year-old Beaux Arts sanctuary into a musical instrument using their voices and other sound experiments
  • The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education ($20,000) To address the city’s environmental issues by hosting artists who will collaborate with scientists to create public environmental artworks and educational programs
  • The Village of Arts and Humanities ($150,000) To offer a home to emerging and mid-career artists seeking an urban environment by creating a year-long artist residency program
  • Theresa Rose ($25,000) To create connections between neighborhood restaurateurs and artists by commissioning dinners featuring art projects from across neighborhoods
  • Tyler School of Art, Temple University ($8,000) To celebrate one of the community’s most beloved African-American artists, Charles Searles, by inviting art students from three universities to collaborate on paired exhibitions and events inspired by the artist’s legacy
  • WRTI ($50,000) To share the talents of established and emerging musicians with the community by recording, then broadcasting, individual and ensemble performances from a state-of-the-art studio

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2012 Winners (see news release; 34 projects, $2.28 million)

  • An Open, Friendly Space for Filmmakers (Open Lab, $35,000): To foster the local film scene and build community among filmmakers by creating a monthly gathering where producers screen their films in a variety of locations
  • Art Exhibit and Festival (Opa-locka Community Development Corporation): To celebrate the art of the African diaspora by producing a multidisciplinary juried arts festival to coincide with a major public art installation in Opa-locka
  • Arts Garage Jazz Project (Creative City Collaborative DBA Arts Garage, $30,000): To facilitate an exchange of art and ideas by presenting contemporary musical performances, films and visual art exhibitions at a Palm Beach collaborative
  • ArtWorks (Arts for Learning/Miami, $225,000): To provide opportunities for high-school students to pursue their interests in the arts while also learning essential work skills by offering six-week paid summer art internships and apprenticeships
  • Big Night in Little Haiti (Rhythm Foundation Inc., $120,000): To introduce new audiences to Haitian music by expanding the successful, one-year-old Big Night in Little Haiti concert and art series
  • Bring It Home Miami (Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, $45,000): To celebrate native talent by presenting a Bring it Home Miami series at the South Dade Cultural Center featuring artists from South Florida who have developed national and international reputations
  • Coral Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables Cinemateque, $150,000):To bring high quality, unique and culturally diverse films to the community by increasing programming and educational outreach at the theater
  • Demystifying Indian Classical Dance (Ranjana Warier, $25,000): To promote cross-cultural understanding by showcasing Indian Classical dances through adaptations of western fairy tales
  • Educational and Entertainment Encounters (Miami International Airport, $40,000): To engage and connect audiences to global and local rhythms by presenting performances of world music to travelers at Miami International Airport
  • Expanded Cultural Programming (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, $150,000): To bring together nature and art by strengthening Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s music program under conductor Teddy Abrams
  • Here & Now: A Knight Emerging Artists Program (Miami Light Project, $120,000): To support emerging artists by creating an artist-in-residence program as part of the annual Here & Now Festival, which commissions and presents local works
  • The Hialeah Cultural Center (Miami Dade College, $80,000): To celebrate and preserve the arts and culture of Hialeah – Florida’s fifth largest city – by supporting the opening of the Hialeah Cultural Center
  • The Hip-Hop Symphony (Pablo Malco Foundation, $10,000): To celebrate South Florida’s broad cultural traditions in a Hip Hop Symphony that combines dance and music in a show for all ages
  • Hot Topics Artist Series (Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, $20,000): To share the work of dynamic, national visual artists by hosting “Hot Topic,” an ongoing lecture series
  • ‘In the Heights’ for Students (Actors Playhouse, $40,000): To culturally enrich Miami-Dade Schools ninth grade students by making 3,000 seats available to the Tony winning musical In the Heights, coupled with a rap-writing contest.
  • International Noise Conference (Frank Falestra, $15,000) To encourage South Florida musicians to produce innovative compositions by giving them the opportunity to perform and network with modern composers at an experimental music event
  • Library City Renaissance (Miami Children’s Initiative, $75,000): To share local history through the arts by creating the Liberty City Renaissance, a year-round series featuring local African-American artists and culture
  • Lip Service: True Stories from all Miami Communities (Lip Service, $50,000): To give a voice to more Miami stories by coaching underrepresented members of the community to present a spoken-word performance about their experiences
  • Miami Dance Mecca (Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, $45,000): To build Miami’s reputation as an emerging center for contemporary dance by creating new works, helping dancers develop professionally and launching a Brazilian dance festival
  • Miami on Stage Knight New Works (FUNDarte Inc., $100,000): To strengthen the local performing arts by providing seed funding for new works for local companies and artists
  • Miami Theater Center: Sandbox Series (Miami Theater Center, $100,000): To help nurture small performing arts groups by providing them with a small, well-equipped black box theater at discounted rates.
  • Microtheater (Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana Miami, $100,000): To bring Spanish theater into the community by offering a series of exciting yet short plays to small audiences in a unique venue – a 150-square foot shipping container
  • Monthly Cultural Festivals in Little Havana (Viernes Culturales, $80,000): To accelerate the transformation of Little Havana’s arts district by expanding the scope and programming of the popular monthly cultural festival, Viernes Culturales
  • Murals for Dorsey Park (Urgent Inc, $35,000): To engage and inspire young artists by having them create murals in Overtown’s historic Dorsey Park commemorate it as the home of South Florida’s Negro League baseball team
  • (Business for the Arts of Broward $75,000): To connect local cultural projects to donors by bringing to Broward County, which allows cultural organizations to crowd-source funding for specific projects
  • Reading Queer (Paula Kolek and Neil de la Flor, $30,000): To strengthen Miami’s alternative theater scene by providing funding to develop a new theater company dedicated to innovating and redefining the theatrical experience
  • Residency Program (Miami Symphony Orchestra, $45,000): To help develop South Florida’s musical voice and infuse the symphonic repertoire with new energy by commissioning works through a composer-in-residence program
  • Stipend for Touring Acts (Sweat Records, $140,000): To help make Miami a musical destination by providing a stipend for touring acts to provide free or affordable concerts for an all-ages crowd
  • Strengthening Alternative Theater (The Project [theatre], $25,000): To strengthen Miami’s alternative theater scene by providing funding to develop a new theater company dedicated to innovating and redefining the theatrical experience
  • The Synapse Performance (Thought Loom, $50,000): To position South Florida as a hub for dance by pairing South Florida-based choreographers with national and international dance artists for seasonal performances
  • TheaterLab (Deering Estate Foundation $35,000): To bring a meaningful cultural dialogue between artists and audiences by supporting a performing art series and a residency opportunity that includes lectures and master classes at the estate
  • A Three-Day Art Hackathon (The LAB Miami, $30,000): To bolster innovation in the arts by bringing together creative professionals and techies for a three-day art hackathon, where they will develop apps and websites that answer one question: how do we enhance the delivery of local art to users?
  • TruSchool Hip-Hop (Sixth Street Dance Studio/Wholeproject, $40,000): To broaden and support the TruSchool Hiphop program for kids by incorporating new forms of dance, writing and cultural events.
  • The Writers Room (The Betsy Hotel, $60,000): To brand South Florida as a muse for authors by expanding a new writer-in-residence program on Miami Beach to include community outreach events

Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia 2012 Winners (see news release; 35 projects worth 2.76 million)

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2011 Winners (see news release; 31 projects worth $2.9 million)

Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia 2011 Winners (35 winners, $2.76 million)

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2010 Winners (see news release; 27 winners worth $3.8 million)

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2009 Winners (see Nov. 30, 2009 news release; 20 winners worth $3.7 million)

Knight Arts Challenge Miami 2008 Winners (see Nov. 30, 2008 news release; 31 winners worth $8 million)

  • ARTSEEN (New World School of the Arts, $90,000): To allow student artists to exhibit their work by creating a multipurpose exposition space with a focus on education and community outreach and participation
  • Art + Research: (University of Miami, $1.8 million) To create a one-of-a-kind research and production art residency program offering the chance for artists to work with experts
  • ArtCenter South Florida (ArtCenter South Florida, $150,000): To give low-income artists the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art computers by creating a need-based center for digital arts
  • Ballet + Orchestra Collaboration (Miami City Ballet, $250,000): To spawn new passion for artistic collaboration by implementing a high-quality partnership between the renowned Cleveland Orchestra and the award-winning Miami City Ballet
  • Bas Fisher Invitational (Bas Fisher Invitational, $150,000): To stimulate creativity in Miami’s art scene by supporting an established gallery founded on providing young, unrepresented artists with free facilities and events to present their work to the community
  • Classical South Florida (Classical South Florida, $250,000): To ensure the continuation and progression of South Florida’s only classical radio station by supplying challenge funds to motivate the financial support of listeners
  • DWNTWN Miami Concert Series (Miami DDA, $150,000): To generate community enthusiasm for music as a part of the greater sum of the arts in Miami by producing a new and expansive downtown concert series
  • Digital Catalog for Art in Public Places (Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, $30,000): To increase the awareness of an appreciation for Miami-Dade County’s grand collection of art in public places by designing an easily accessible digital inventory
  • First Friday Jazz Jams (Gold Coast Jazz Society, $18,000): To launch a free public, monthly live “jam” performance where students, regardless of skill level, can play alongside professionals in a fun-filled environment
  • Free Gospel Sundays (Performing Arts Center Trust, $100,000): To provide a venue for local and national gospel artists to perform for the community with the continuation of free monthly concerts at the performing arts center
  • Frost Art Museum Virtual Gallery (Frost Art Museum, $25,000): To offer an interactive, permanent exhibition of the Frost Museum’s extensive art collection to the underserved Southwest region of Miami-Dade County
  • Giants in the City (ArtFormz LLC, $60,000): To promote Miami’s international art scene by bringing together 10 celebrated artists to create a first-of-its-kind, outdoor exhibit of giant, inflatable sculptures
  • Haitian Jazz Series (Sant La Neighborhood Center, $80,000): To expose the community to a major part of South Florida’s cultural background through the creation of a live Haitian jazz series
  • Hemisphere Festival (Performing Arts Center Trust, $100,000): To plan for an annual performing arts festival celebrating hemispheric art
  • Here & Now Festival (Miami Light Project, $200,000): To increase the development of original, locally produced performance art through expanding the accomplished Here & Now Festival
  • Key Biscayne Public Art (Village of Key Biscayne, $75,000): To create two new plazas designed by artist Jose Bedia on the southern part of Key Biscayne that will highlight South Florida’s environment
  • LegalArt Residency (LegalArt/Cannonball Miami, $400,000):
  • Leggo My Demo: (Chris Chrebet, $30,000): To build South Florida’s reputation as a center for electronic music by establishing an internet-based community platform for networking and showcasing local talent
  • The Miami Choral Project (Seraphic Fire, Inc., $684,750): To use music and teamwork to stimulate under appreciated neighborhoods by building youth choirs across greater Miami
  • Miami Lyric Opera (Miami Lyric Opera Inc., $40,000): To help an established local presenter of affordable opera expand its presentations
  • Miami Music Project (Miami Music Project, $1 million): To extend the joy of music to students in Miami-Dade schools through a year-round classical education program culminating in an annual festival with performances by youth and professional musicians
  • Miami Poster Project (Philip Brooker, $75,000): To inspire pride and participation in Miami’s developing cultural scene by creating an annual poster competition based around capturing the spirit of the city
  • Miami World Cinema Center (Miami World Cinema Center, $750,000): To assist the prosperity of the Miami’s independent film community by establishing an extensive institute for connecting, funding and advising local film makers
  • Naomi Fisher (Naomi Fisher, $40,000): To promote South Florida’s inherent relationship with art and the environment through the launch of a series of performance art projects presented in outdoor spaces
  • O Cinema (Living Arts Trust, Inc., $400,000): To construct O Cinema, The Independent, Miami’s first art-house cinema so that the community can experience gripping, educational and thought provoking independent films
  • Paradise in a Parking Lot (Design and Architecture Senior High School, $40,000): To convert an unused parking lot into a public art space for high school students to showcase their talent
  • Sleepless Night (The City of Miami Beach, $150,000): To continue providing artists and residents with a free, city-wide celebration of the arts by installing Sleepless Night as an annual Miami Beach tradition
  • Twenty Twenty Projects (Twenty Twenty Projects, $20,000): To preserve the integrity of creative works by local artists during Art Basel by providing free display space without restrictions
  • Upper East Side Garden (Peter Rozek, $25,000): To use the Upper East Side Garden and its mini-golf course to display sculptures and murals made by local artists, and initiate an educational design program for children
  • Young At Art Children’s Museum (Young At Art of Broward, $500,000): To create the first art museum specially designed for children
  • YoungArts/Miami (National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, $600,000): To develop young South Florida artists by creating a new regional competition as part of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ youngARTS program
  • [NAME] Publications (Gean Moreno, $30,000): To increase exposure for local art and artists by developing a nonprofit publishing house for Miami-based art books

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