Knight Blog

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

Sundance comes to #KnightCities

Oct. 20, 2014, 1:29 p.m., Posted by Nate von Zumwalt

2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami. Photo by Michael Toledo. 

Nate von Zumwalt is Editorial Manager for Sundance Institute

Discovering and supporting independent artists is what Sundance Institute is all about. We believe that providing an inclusive space for artists to create and thrive encourages diverse stories and greater understanding.  In 2013, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined us in support of this goal by helping Sundance Institute reach into two new communities, Philadelphia and Miami, in search of new voices, new perspectives, and new stories to be told.

Now Knight Foundation is expanding its support with a new $1 million investment. The Knight Fellows Project will provide filmmakers and related artists in eight U.S. cities with local programs modeled on the Institute’s renowned residential Labs and successful one-day workshops for emerging filmmakers.

Over the next three years, storytellers from Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will have access to creative and tactical training from esteemed Sundance Alumni and Advisors.  Programs will include ShortsLabs, New Frontier Flash Labs and Screenwriters Intensives, as well as immersive workshops on documentary storytelling, film music, and creative marketing and distribution.

City Observatory: A new forum for what matters for successful cities

Oct. 20, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Joe Cortright

Joe Cortright is an economist and director of City Observatory, a virtual urban policy think tank that receives support from Knight Foundation. 

Last week we launched City Observatory, a new data-driven platform for sharing, analyzing and discussing the success of cities. The site’s original analysis and in-depth research on cities and urban issues is designed to inform community leaders, policymakers, policy wonks and the rest of us.

Today we released “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” a new CityReport that analyzes the choices young, educated professionals are making about where they live and how those choices are reshaping the economic development process. Future reports will address topics such as city job growth, neighborhood change, and the ways we create, use and interact with public spaces in cities.


Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!

Oct. 20, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live - Vote now via text message on your mobile device

Starting today, all you need is a cellphone to help a local artist’s dream project come to life. We just launched the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award in South Florida, where you, the public, helps decide which of six local arts organizations receives $20,000 for their idea.

It’s a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. You may know some of the nominees, others are newly launched. Our goal with the People’s Choice Award is to bring attention to the small and emerging groups that make South Florida such a vibrant place to live.

Here’s a bit on each of the nominees: