Random Acts of Culture™

Above: Random Act of Culture at Miami’s Dadeland Mall.

Why does Knight Fund Random Acts of Culture?

Knight Foundation, like its founders Jack and Jim Knight, focuses on promoting informed and engaged communities. To that end, we strongly believe in the potential of the arts to engage residents, and bring a community together. More…

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If you’re anything like me, the late Thanksgiving this year has meant that Christmas has crept right up on you and caught you nearly unawares. Musically, that has meant a great pile-up of holiday concerts in the past couple weeks, but even though the window is closing fast, there are still a few chances left […]

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Last week I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Knight-sponsored SphinxCon event. A gathering of national leaders in Detroit to discuss the issue of diversity in the arts. Speakers ranged from Delroy Lindo to Maria López De León, the director of NALAC. Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Committee member and Sphinx founder Aaron […]

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I was recently invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Downtown Association. For the first time in my life I was introduced with a haiku! Sam Grabarski, legendary Minneapolis leader welcomed me with the following: “His thoughts are droplets They combine as torrent To flood with culture” Then in the middle of my speech […]

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Knight Foundation is celebrating its 1,000+ Random Acts of Culture™ with four big, blow-out performances in San Jose, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia. The fun kicked off Sunday, Aug. 5 with a 250-person surprise performance in San Jose, continued Friday, Aug. 10 with a 150-person performance at Detroit’s Compuware World Headquarters,  hit South Beach Saturday, Sept 1 with a […]

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By Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation VP/Arts For the past two years two years, we’ve been hiding baritones in shoe departments, and rolling xylophones down supermarket aisles, surprising people across the country with Random Acts of Culture™. It all started as an experiment. With audiences for traditional performances declining, at Knight Foundation we were looking for a way to remind people of […]

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Knight Foundation is celebrating its 1,000+ Random Acts of Culture™ with four big, blow-out performances in San Jose, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia. The fun kicked off Sunday, Aug. 5 with a 250-person surprise performance in San Jose, continued Friday, Aug. 10 with a 150-person performance at Detroit’s Compuware World Headquarters and hit South Beach Saturday, Sept 1 with a […]

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Marissa Alma Nick | Photo by Neil de la Flor

I read Ruth Benedict’s “The Individual and the Pattern of Culture” while sipping iced coffee at Starbucks on the corner of Lincoln Road and Pennsylvania Avenue while I waited for the Knight Foundation’s 1,000th and final Random Act of Culture to commence. As I read, I wrote down this line: “Sometimes we need a random […]

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By Barbara Johnson Ross, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Staff and visitors at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi were surprised by a Random Act of Culture on August 16, 2012.  A very talented musical chamber group called the Sixth Floor Trio received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to perform […]

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Knight Foundation is celebrating its 1,000+ Random Acts of Culture™ with four big, blow-out performances in San Jose, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia. The fun kicked off Sunday, Aug. 5 with a 250-person surprise performance in San Jose and continued Friday, Aug. 10 with a 150-person performance of “Ode to Joy” at Compuware World Headquarters. Child and […]

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Random Acts of Culture™ – San Jose, California from JD Andrews on Vimeo. Knight Foundation is celebrating its 1,000+ Random Acts of Culture™ with four big, blow-out performances in San Jose, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia. The fun kicked off Sunday, Aug 5 with a 250-person surprise performance at the Target Pops Summer Festival at San […]

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