Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation picks 66 Arts Challenge finalists

 

jlevin@MiamiHerald.com

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on Monday announced 66 finalists for its Knight Arts Challenge, which has pumped $86 million into South Florida’s creative community since 2006.

This year’s group is noteworthy for the number of projects outside established arts enclaves and organizations.

“The contest continues to penetrate deeper into our community to a much broader spectrum of neighborhoods and people with great art ideas,” said Dennis Scholl, the foundation’s arts vice president.

Many proposals involve students, from a Big Brother Art School plan to create a mural of Haitian history to FundARTE’s proposal to offer workshops for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth as part of its Out in the Tropics Festival.

Broadcast and multimedia ideas include streaming coverage of events at online community station Wynwood Radio and a concert series with Miami artists from public radio station WLRN.

“The contest ideas are generally a proxy for what’s going on in the community,” Scholl said “We felt there was a real organic movement of filmmakers and multimedia makers.”

Among the best-known names on the list are acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and his former teacher Teo Castellanos, who propose creating a play and film based on world culture.

Most projects are in Miami-Dade, but one is for an outdoor classical concert series in Key West and another for free outdoor opera performances in Palm Beach County.

Finalists must submit detailed proposals, from which 40 to 65 percent will be funded with matching grants of from $10,000 to as much as $1 million.

Winners will be announced Dec. 2. A full list of finalists is at knightarts.org

Read more Performing Arts stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category