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Celebrating growth and innovation in Philadelphia’s arts community

KAC Philadelphia, Philadelphia // May 12, 2014

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I’m in Philadelphia this week, and am excited to join Vice President for Arts Dennis Scholl and Philadelphia Program Director Donna Frisby-Greenwood in announcing $780,000 in support  to 19 individual artists and arts organizations. Over the past year, we’ve been building on the success of our three-year Knight Arts Challenge – providing new funding to challenge […]

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Detroit hosts world class Canadian Artists to increase positive perceptions of the city

Detroit // May 12, 2014

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By Peter Rozek, Canadian Residency Artist  Shary Boyle  from Toronto has been in Detroit for just over a month now and she’s hooked up with Pewabic Pottery, a Detroit Historic Arts and Crafts institution founded in 1903, to make a commemorative bas relief tile of her visit only available through Kickstarter. The above photo is […]

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“50 Shades! The Musical” premieres at the Grand Opera House

Macon, Music, Theater // May 12, 2014

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Next Sunday, if you happen to drive down Mulberry Street past the Grand Opera House and wonder why so many women from college age to your grandma’s age are lined up to enter, just know that “50 Shades! The Musical” is showing at 7 p.m. This theatrical production is a parody of E.L. James bestselling […]

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One week, two important events: Here & Now: 2014 and the SFCA Listening Club

Dance, Miami, Music // May 12, 2014

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Ana Mendez, Keisha Whitfeild, Shira Abergel

This is the final week for Here & Now: 2014, a Knight Emerging Artist Series presented by the Miami Light Project. The festival features newly commissioned work by South Florida performance artists Letty Bassart, Abel Cornejo, Ana Mendez, David Rohn, Danilo de la Torre and Juan Carlos Zaldivar. Here & Now provides artists resources to […]

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“Behind-the-Scenes Story of Building the Bechtler”

Charlotte // May 12, 2014

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art occupies a prominent space at the Levine Center for the Arts, and has become a noted façade within the Charlotte cityscape. Ever wonder how it was built? Who designed it? Or what went into its construction? Now is your chance to find out as the Bechtler presents the “Behind-the-Scenes […]

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Street scenes: An early look at “One Day in the Twin Cities” and the new Vivian Maier Gallery

St. Paul // May 12, 2014

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You may recall, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about “One Day in the Twin Cities,” part of a crowdsourced, nationwide documentary project that took place over a 24-hour period on April 26, 2014. It’s an ambitious undertaking launching from 11 major U.S. urban areas: Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, New York, L.A., San Francisco, […]

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University of Chicago taps creative energy of artists for civic projects

All Communities // May 11, 2014

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By Derek Douglas, vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago Derek Douglas is the vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. Below, he writes about the Place Project, a national model for revitalizing communities through arts and culture supported by Knight Foundation. As an urban research university located in […]

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Talk about the art landscape of Opa-Locka

Miami // May 9, 2014

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To end its fifth-year season, ARTtuesdays/Miami will talk all about Opa-Locka. That is the city in Miami-Dade with maybe the most eccentric architecture in Florida, and that’s saying something. Although the name derives from a Seminole word, the Moorish Revival-style buildings are meant to evoke Arabian Nights and Middle Eastern terrain more than a subtropical […]

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French frenzy at Weathervane Playhouse

Akron, Theater // May 9, 2014

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Maybe it isn’t always true, but it seems to be – when you watch a French farce (like “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” currently being presented at Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee), you can pretty much expect lots of sexual innuendo, and invariably in the form of marital infidelity. And, you can also predict it’ll […]

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Artist profile: Kathy Leisen and the politics of oddness

Detroit // May 9, 2014

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I first encountered Kathy Leisen’s patented brand of professional oddity at the “ANTI-STORY” Good Time Writer’s Buffet, held at Public Pool in conjunction with the “ART AS ANTI-ART IS ART” show that she co-curated there in February. She was the evening’s only reader to perform stand-up comedy, and her offbeat and hilarious performance had the […]

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