Knight Blog

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

Palm Beach Opera goes digital

Oct. 2, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman is director of communications for Palm Beach Opera, a 2013 winner of Knight Arts Challenge South Florida.

Opera @ The Waterfront is a unique concert in Palm Beach County. It is the largest outdoor classical music event in the area with more than 100 musicians on stage, including internationally known opera singers as well as Palm Beach Opera’s critically acclaimed orchestra and chorus.

The 90-minute performance is held at the Meyer Amphitheatre on the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach and features opera’s most popular arias and ensembles as well as Broadway hits. Our audience had more than 2,500 people during our inaugural production last year. 

Talent study to examine employment of college-educated immigrants

Oct. 2, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Paul Feltman

Paul Feltman is director of the Global Bridge Talent initiative at World Education Services and chair of IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration), a national coalition of nonprofits. Below, he writes about a new immigrant talent study supported by Knight Foundation.

Tucked away in a quiet municipal office in Philadelphia, a man named Prakash Patel (I’ve changed his name to protect his privacy) is working. Today he is a statistical analyst, but when he first arrived in the United States from India, the only job he could find was in a warehouse in Texas. He spent months packing and unpacking boxes, striving to learn how he could make the transition to becoming a professional again. 

There are thousands of stories like Patel’s in the Philadelphia region – where 38 percent of immigrants hold college degrees, but only some of them are employed in skill-appropriate jobs.

Surprisingly, there is little available data to illustrate what helps college-educated immigrants such as Patel to make the leap from a survival-level job to professional employment. What helps them succeed? What holds them back? How are factors such as English skills influenced by gender, age or professional field?

‘Knight Cities’: Tapping the talent pool of foreign students

Oct. 1, 2014, 4:53 p.m., Posted by Neil Ruiz

One of the most important sources of talent for U.S. cities is foreign students enrolled in our universities.

That’s why Neil Ruiz is taking a closer look at where they come from and the impact they are having.

Neil is a senior policy analyst and associate fellow at The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. His research focuses on regional and state economic development, innovation, international migration, high-skilled immigration, as well as global economic issues.

Find out how your city can increase its talent by tapping foreign students on this week’s “Knight Cities,” when I talk to Neil Ruiz.