Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Civic leaders in Charlotte, N.C., share ideas on role of public space

July 28, 2014, 4 p.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

Charlotte skyline by James Willamor

Photo: Charlotte skyline as seen from Romare Bearden Park on S. Church Street. Credit: James Willamor on Flickr.

"Thanks for inviting me to explore a big idea," said one Charlotte participant, as she left our “city sounding” session with the Municipal Art Society of New York recently.

Knight Foundation is supporting a yearlong exploration about the critical role that civic spaces play in city life, and Charlotte is one of the places where community leaders are sharing thoughts and ideas via these city-sounding sessions.

Earlier this month, more than 30 people gathered in the sunny solarium of Foundation for the Carolinas for the interactive session. It involved role-plays forcing us into new perspectives and scenarios to stretch our thinking about what civic assets might look like in the future.

Refresh Miami panelists offer entrepreneurs tips on successful business launches

July 28, 2014, 12:44 p.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

Panelists (left to right): Sari Azout, founder of Bib and Tuck; Dawn Dickson, founder and CEO of Flat Out of Heels; and Igal Aciman, head of global sales and marketing for ParkJockey, during Refresh Miami's event "You've Built It, Now Launch It!" Photos by Carolina Wilson.

Budding entrepreneurs about to begin their businesses gained key insights last week from entrepreneurs who have already made the journey, during a Refresh Miami event titled “You’ve Built It, Now Launch It!” 

A packed house turned out at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Thursday for the latest installment in the group’s “summer startup series.” Three panelists provided their takes on missteps to avoid and actions to take that encourage success.

Circ X launches Kickstarter for cabaret performances

July 28, 2014, 11:56 a.m., Posted by Diana Lozano

Diana Lozano is founder and artistic director of Circ X, a traveling performance troupe and production company based in Miami, and a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge winner.

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for our upcoming cabaret show at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. We hope to raise $3,000 this month to help match the Knights Arts Challenge grant and to pay rehearsal and performance fees for the artists. 

We’re offering general admission tickets in the same price range as a movie ticket, to entice a wider audience to the world of live performance. Through the Kickstarter campaign, backers are able to get tickets without service fees. Basically, for less than the price of two coffees and a muffin at your local corporate coffee shop, you can experience live theater while supporting Miami’s local performance artists.