Knight Blog

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

PAMM Fund for African American Art helps museum collection reflect South Florida’s diverse cultures

March 30, 2015, 2:56 p.m., Posted by Fernando González

Al Loving’s “Untitled No. 32,” circa 1975. Museum purchase with funds provided by Jorge M. Pérez, Knight Foundation and PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art.

From its inception, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) set out to be both a window into the visual art world for Miami, and a mirror, reflecting the diversity of the local community.

The PAMM Fund for African American Art, focusing on the purchase of contemporary art by African-American artists for the museum’s permanent collection, was one of the early key initiatives towards that goal. The museum started it in September 2013 with a $1 million seed fund, sponsored in equal amounts by developer and art collector Jorge M. Pérez, a trustee and major donor whose name is on the museum, and Knight Foundation.

“Miami is a very diverse community, and one of the wonderful things about PAMM is that it seeks to make the museum a home for every sector of the community,” says Marilyn Holifield, a partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Miami who is a museum trustee and co-chair of PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art, a group of donors who support the fund. “That diversity is what makes Miami unique and for our museum to emphasize the importance of African-American art, not only for the African-American community but for the community at large to gain a greater appreciation and awareness of this work is a wonderful thing.”

Open data project adds transparency to African elections

March 30, 2015, 10:54 a.m., Posted by Jessica Weiss

GotToVote is helping voters in Ghana find their nearest registration center ahead of the country's 2016 elections. 
Image CC-licensed on Flickr via BBC World Service

This cross-post was originally published on ICFJ

An innovative tool developed to help people register to vote in Kenya is proving to be a valuable asset to voters across the African continent.

GotToVote was created in 2012 by two software developers under the guidance of ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein for use during Kenya’s general elections. In just 24 hours, the developers took voter registration information in a government PDF and turned it into a simple website with usable data that helped people locate the nearest voting center where they could register for elections. Kenyan media drove a large audience to the site, which resulted in a major boost in voter registrations.

New documentary features Detroit’s Knight Arts Challenge winners

March 30, 2015, 10:18 a.m., Posted by Katy Locker

“We gotta be the change, Detroit!”

–Invincible/Complex Movements, from Beware the Dandelions

I have just spent the last few weeks promoting the third year of the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit.  Each year, Knight Foundation reaches out and invites our Detroit community to tell us their best idea for the arts.  And the result?  Remarkable, inspiring, heartwarming, powerful, excellent ideas.  In the last two years, Knight Foundation has granted nearly $5 million to 114 arts projects in Detroit. They have represented all corners of Detroit, all kinds of people of Detroit, and all kinds of stories of Detroit.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 7, a wider audience will get to see a slice of what has inspired me about the challenge.  Detroit Public Television will premiere “Acres of Diamonds: The Story of the Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit.” The half hour documentary follows the projects of local artists after they receive challenge funding from Knight Foundation to make their ideas to reality.