Knight Arts Challenge Winners Index

KAC Miami 2008 | 2009201020112012 | 2013
KAC Philadelphia 20112012 | 2013
KAC Detroit 2013

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
  • Power2give.org (Business for the Arts of Broward $75,000): To connect local cultural projects to donors by bringing to Broward County power2give.org, 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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