Knight Blog

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

Announcing the winners of the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

Sept. 29, 2014, 8 p.m., Posted by Dennis Scholl

Photo: Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul winner Aaron Dysart and friends will project video art on to steam from a plant in downtown St. Paul. 

Today, we are excited to announce the 42 winners of this year’s St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge. Our first year of the contest in St. Paul saw the highest per capita response for any arts challenge in history, with 868 submissions! Ideas poured in from all corners of the community and across all disciplines. We are grateful to all who participated and trusted us with their ideas and passion for the arts in St. Paul.

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"42 Winners Named in First St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge" - Press release (09/29/14)

Each application submitted was carefully reviewed by a group of ten local readers and Knight staff. The team narrowed the list to 69 finalists, each of whom submitted a more detailed proposal and project budget. Again, our talented panel of reviewers read through each proposal and collectively recommended a list of grantees. Those recommendations were presented to our Board of Trustees earlier this month and we are honored to now share the winners.

Libraries as leaders: An opportunity for our communities

Sept. 29, 2014, 5:39 p.m., Posted by Chris Jowaisas


Knight News Challenge: Libraries offers applicants a chance to share in $2.5 million by focusing on the question “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Below, Chris Jowaisas, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes about libraries playing an active role in helping solve community challenges.

Libraries can play a variety of roles in addressing the challenges that communities—and the individuals within them—face. They have the opportunity to move from being passive information providers to active assets for their communities – whether those communities are schools, universities or colleges, or the broader public community. 

Some libraries have already begun this transformation. But many libraries are hesitant to embrace this role because it involves a great number of uncertainties. The role that libraries have played in many communities is one that seems more certain. But shifts in demographics, service expectations and attitudes towards the value of government are creating a situation in which this supposedly certain role is beginning to be questioned to a greater degree than ever before.

Endeavor Miami celebrates first anniversary

Sept. 29, 2014, 1:12 p.m., Posted by Laura I. Maydón

Laura I. Maydón is managing director of Endeavor Miami, the first U.S. affiliate of Endeavor, a global nonprofit that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship. Knight Foundation invested $2 million to launch Endeavor Miami. Photo: Miami at night (cc) by Ezio Armando on Flickr.

September has always been a special month for me. I have many reasons to celebrate: my two brothers’ birthdays, Mexico’s national festivities and my own birthday.  This year, September becomes even more relevant to me as I reflect and commemorate Endeavor Miami’s first anniversary.

Endeavor Miami’s mission to select, mentor and accelerate high-impact entrepreneurs represents such an essential component to our city.  Leading Endeavor Miami gives me a strong sense of purpose.  Endeavor’s track record around the world is a testament to the fact that high-impact entrepreneurs create a multiplier effect by inspiring, mentoring and investing in other entrepreneurs. And this is how cities develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Collectively, Endeavor Entrepreneurs around the world generated approximately $6.5 billion in revenue and 400,000 jobs in 2013.