Miami-Dade County

73 Knight Arts Challenge finalists named

The New World Symphony's Wallcast is one of the program’s in South Florida that has been funded by the Knight Arts Challenge.
The New World Symphony's Wallcast is one of the program’s in South Florida that has been funded by the Knight Arts Challenge. Miami Herald File Photo

In hopes of bringing new audiences to classical music, pianist Fernando Landeros proposed pairing chamber music with craft beer at local restaurants and breweries.

ArtCenter/South Florida wants to study climate change by creating a monthlong residency program on a sailboat.

And the City of Miami Gardens plans on expanding its Jazz in the Gardens weekend with music, film and art.

These are only three of the ideas that were named Monday as part of the 73 finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest that funds ideas aimed at bring South Florida together through the arts.

“Knight Foundation’s overarching mission is to inform and engage communities,” said Nicole Chipi, interim arts program officer with the Knight Foundation. “When you you look at this pool of finalists it demonstrates that people do use the arts to engage with issues that are important to our community, including sea-level rise or the U.S. relationship with Cuba.”

This year more than 1,100 people or groups applied for a matching grant to fund programs that ranged from art residencies to music programs for children.

“We get new ideas from new voices every single year,” Chipi said.

The finalists will now submit full proposals; winners will be announced Nov. 30.

In addition, the public will have a say in who receives funding with the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award. This fall, South Floridians will be invited to vote via text message for one of several smaller cultural organizations. The winner will receive an extra $20,000. Playwright Teo Castellanos won the People’s Choice and Knight Arts Challenge awards in 2013.

The Knight Arts Challenge, now in its eighth year, has funded hundreds of programs including the signature “Wallcasts” at the New World Symphony.

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Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2015 Finalists

▪ A Greener Miami: Hosting mini-concerts in South Florida farmers markets.

▪ Amir Baradaran: Bringing interactive art to Miami’s neighborhoods with digital mirror triptychs that incorporate the faces of those passing by.

▪ Andy Harlow: Bringing jazz by seniors to seniors through visits of retired professional musicians to community centers, parks and more.

▪ Art and Culture Center of Hollywood: Expanding arts educationby buying telepresence equipment so that the center’s staff can interact directly with students located elsewhere.

▪ ArtCenter/South Florida: Exploring climate change by creating a one-month artist residency aboard a sailboat where participants will create work inspired by Miami’s relationship to water.

▪ Artefactus Cultural Project: Instilling an appreciation for theater in West Dade’s children through workshops that lead them through staging a play.

▪ Augustina Woodgate: Creating playful encounters with poetry through “Walk on Poems,” where local poets write pieces about neighborhoods that are placed on sidewalks with Scrabble-like tiles.

▪ Bakehouse Art Complex: Bringing Art Hack Day to Miami – an international event, where groups of hackers and artists create an instant exhibition that blends art and technology.

▪ Barron Sherer: Preserving legacy media, such as 35 mm slides and archival motion pictures, through an archive that serves as a resource for artists, designers, filmmakers and researchers.

▪ Brian Butler: Drawing attention to Miami’s vibrant music scene by creating illustrations of local performances to be published in print and online.

▪ City of Miami Gardens: Expanding the city’s Jazz in the Gardens event with a music, film and art conference.

▪ City Theatre: Developing the next generation of playwrights through a contest where high school students from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade create, rehearse and present short plays.

▪ Delou Africa: Celebrating dance of the African diaspora in Miami by creating a heritage festival in partnership with the international group DanceAfrica.

▪ EXILE Books: Celebrating Miami’s literary culture through a Miami Zine Fair that highlights alternative print culture and then asks participants to donate material to the University of Miami’s archives.

▪ Fernando Landeros: Hosting Brahms and Brews, a chamber music series in local breweries and restaurants that pairs songs with an appropriate craft beer.

▪ FilmGate Interactive: Strengthening the annual FilmGate festival that connects transmedia artists with new technologies.

▪ Florida Keys Council of the Arts: Place the work of Keys artists on billboards along the 120-plus miles of the Overseas Highway connecting Key Largo to Key West.

▪ Friends of the Bass Museum: Infusing a library with art through solo artists’ projects and education programs at the Miami Beach Regional Library while the Bass is under renovation.

▪ Fringe Projects: Helping South Floridians explore downtown Miami’s less conventional spaces by expanding this site-specific public art series to six months.

▪ FUNDarte: Bringing attention to Miami’s hidden musical talents, many of whom have immigrated to the city and have not yet made it to mainstage venues, through a series with established companies and artists.

▪ Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida: Increasing the visibility of South Florida’s LGBT arts scene through joint programming among the chorus, Island City Stage and Stonewall National Museum and Archives.

▪ Greater Miami Youth Symphony: Creating cultural exchanges between Miami and Havana students through joint rehearsals and concerts with Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory Orchestra.

▪ Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance: Creating an artistic dialogue between Miami and Caribbean artists through programs here and abroad that explore living and creating in these multiethnic communities.

▪ Hans Morgenstern: Giving South Floridians an insider’s peek into Miami’s growing indie film scene through a website that covers the local industry.

▪ III Points Presents: Challenging the conventional way of seeing live music through an October event that presents vanguard talent and artist installations in non-traditional venues.

▪ IlluminArts: Engaging audiences with a mash-up of music and the visual arts by presenting an award-winning composition in the galleries of Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios.

▪ Isabel Cuervo: Creating community through film by launching an independent cinema in Doral.

▪ Jonathan Kane: Exploring how the human brain interprets music through a film series and exhibit that willillustrate a person’s neurological reaction to listening to a composition.

▪ Kenny Riches: Strengthening the indie filmmaking community through a screenwriter roundtable.

▪ Kip Eagen: Engaging transit riders by creating a series of artistic billboards along the TriRail tracks that would appear to be an animated flipbook as riders go by.

▪ Las Olas Village: Celebrating the art of postcards by having an artist recreate iconic Florida postcards, enlarging them and digitally displaying them in the Las Olas Post Office.

▪ Leadership Prep Foundation: Preserving Bahamian culture by teaching Miami youth to make traditional Bahamian festival junkanoo costumes and instruments, which are used during Coconut Grove’s Goombay Festival.

▪ Locust Projects: Exploring how fear is used in the media by creating sculptures of headless chickens, called Withervanes, that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories.

▪ Mad Cat Theatre Company: Promoting discussion about the impact of censorship by presenting a banned play and then producing a new work examining censorship in South Florida.

▪ Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center: Helping inspire South Florida artists through a residency program at the waterfront center in Crandon Park.

▪ Miami Center for Architecture and Design: Promoting the work of local designers, architects and artists through a shop that commissions and then sells limited editions of their work.

▪ Miami City Ballet: Presenting a uniquely Miami rendition of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” during the company’s 30th year.

▪ Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center: Cultivating emerging Latino artists through an artist-in-residence program where their work reflects and engages the surrounding Little Havana neighborhood.

▪ Miami Dade College’s Teatro Promoteo: Fostering Hispanic theater in Miami, and raising its prominence nationally, through a partnership with the national Latina|o Theatre Commons, where the college will host a prominent Latino playwright in residency.

▪ Miami Dance Futures: Bringing attention to the water supply through National Water Dance Miami, a countywide celebration of site-specific dances – involving both professionals and local students –along the region’s shore.

▪ Miami Girls Rock Camp: Promoting creative expression in young girls through an annual camp where participants are grouped into bands and learn to write and perform an original song.

▪ Miami Industrial Arts (MIA): Expanding a hub for Miami’s makers by constructing an onsite classroom and offering subsidized classes in topics such as ceramics, wood, metalworking and 3-D technologies.

▪ Miami Light Project: Providing a space for developing new work by piloting a contemporary performance residency program at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood for international and local artists.

▪ Miami Music Club: Providing a space for producing indie music and literary and fine arts programming through a partnership with Asocial Media in a Design District space.

▪ Miami Music Project: Helping 100 Miami-Dade students push their own artistic limits through orchestral boot camps taking place on teacher planning days throughout the school year.

▪ Miami Symphony Orchestra: Offering visibility to pianists under 12 through a competition, where the finalists perform with the orchestra at a high-profile concert.

▪ Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs: Providing a space for books in Spanish and other languages at a bookstore in the lobby of the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

▪ Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Engaging the community in film through a Japanese film series and festival at the gardens in Delray Beach.

▪ NC-office: Activating a public space through culture by presenting concerts and films in a new plaza adjacent to Florida International University.

▪ Orlando Garcia: Exploring the complexities of sea-level rise in South Florida through an interdisciplinary performance featuring electronic sounds, orchestral musicians, video and dance in partnership with five prominent local artists.

▪ Overtown Youth Center: Preparing teens for careers in the music industry through The Beats Academy, which will teach a range of topics from music theory to remixing.

▪ Performing Arts Center Trust (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts): Igniting passion for the arts in the next generation through a $20 ticket program for college students.

▪ Prizm: Promoting the works of artists of color who reflect global trends in contemporary art through an annual fair that takes place during Art Basel Miami Beach.

▪ REVA Development Corp.: Transforming a historic West Palm Beach neighborhood by creating an artist residency program in shotgun-style houses.

▪ Rise Up Gallery: Creating a space for artists that engages the surrounding neighborhood at an artist residency program and exhibition space in a former laundromat in Little Haiti.

▪ RudduR Dance: Creating a piece that roves throughout the Deering Estate, in partnership with Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.

▪ Science Friday Initiative: Examining the intersection of science and art by having public radio do a multimedia project focused on South Florida.

▪ Secret Celluloid Society: Preserving cult films by expanding the society’s efforts to screen and provide programming around these movies.

▪ Seraphic Fire: Celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary by commissioning 15 pieces from 15 composers that will be performed as part of every concert during Seraphic Fire’s 15th season .

▪ Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency: Celebrating Overtown’s culture through a music festival featuring national and local recording artists.

▪ Sweat Records: Supporting the local indie music scene by providing low-cost rentals of audio equipment for independent promoters and nonprofit event producers.

▪ The alt Default: Helping teens find their musical voice through a residency at the Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach where students will create an original song.

▪ The Betsy-South Beach: Celebrating Ibero-American literature and culture through Escribe Aqui/Write Here, a multi-day festival with readings and performances.

▪ The Blue Starlite Drive-in: Bringing community together through film by launching an outdoor film festival in Coconut Grove.

▪ The Inertials: Celebrating South Florida sounds by creating new ones, with contemporary sound artists and musicians making live overdubs onto vintage recordings of South Florida-based artists, resulting in a montage of historical and actual performance.

▪ The Rhythm Foundation: Providing a home for world music by strengthening the annual TransAtlantic Festival at the North Beach Bandshell – bringing more attention to the bands performing and expanding the event into the adjacent public park.

▪ The Studios of Key West: Providing a new way to explore Key West’s history and culture through an event called Lost at the Beach, where participants use maps and apps to discover installations hidden throughout Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

▪ Tigertail: Create a monthlong performance series that explores water and fire as elements of tragedy and regeneration.

▪ Tom Austin: Celebrating Miami Beach’s 100th year by publishing a cultural history of South Beach in zine form with accompanying exhibitions that explore how art fuels this iconic resort.

▪ Tom Virgin: Preserving the art of letterpress by creating a space where the community can learn and practice this handmade form of communication.

▪ Village of Pinecrest/Pinecrest Gardens: Bringing the arts more deeply into communities by inviting acclaimed American environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who creates sculptures from community-sourced saplings, to create new site-specific works in the gardens.

▪ 88.9 FM WDNA Public Radio: Launching the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, which will take over several blocks in downtown and continue in various venues.

▪ Zoetic Stage: Expanding opportunities for early-career performing artists by offering paid, onstage performance opportunities to local college students.