Above: Miami's O Cinema.
Today, ArtPlace America, a nationwide initiative that puts the arts at the heart of community revitalization, announced $15.2 million in funding for new projects in 44 communities across the United States. We're excited to see that arts leaders in seven of the communities where Knight invests - Miami, Philadelphia, St. Paul, San Jose, Macon, Detroit and Charlotte - are receiving support for their ideas.
Knight Foundation is a founding funder of ArtPlace, which is a collaboration of 13 leading foundations and six of the nations largest banks.
Our goal at Knight is to make the arts a part of people’s everyday lives and create the kind of collective experiences that attach people to place. Through our work in the Knight communities, we have seen that artists can be major players in revitalization efforts that contribute to more vibrant, open places. We believe in the power of art to transform and engage communities. And each of the projects chosen from amongst 1,200 submissions, are driven by teams that are doing just that. We are thrilled to announce this round of funding with ArtPlace and look forward to seeing the work of placemaking leaders unfold— to the benefit of so many communities.
ArtsPlace has highlighted all of these important projects on their website, including those in seven of the Knight communities: