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    DANCECleveland opens its 60th season with performance by Parsons Dance

    Aug. 3, 2015, 11:55 a.m., Posted by Roger Durbin

    DANCECleveland celebrated the National Day of Dance and kicked off its 60th season on Saturday, July 25 by co-sponsoring a performance by Parsons Dance at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

    Before the renowned contemporary dance company took the stage, other events filled up the festive occasion. Local dancers were able to attend master classes with members of Parsons Dance (and David Parsons himself) earlier in the day. Later came hip-hop and ballroom dance demonstrations from area companies Show Peace Entertainment and La Danse Cleveland. Immediately before the appearance of the Parsons Dance company, locals who had rehearsed a bit of choreography via a video feed got to come onstage. Members of Parsons Dance joined in. So did dancers from The Seldoms company.

    The participation from The Seldoms was particularly interesting because the group spent the week of July 20-28 working on a new piece at The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron, as part of the center's pilot cycle. The National Center for Choreography is a joint project from DANCECleveland and The University of Akron; Knight Foundation has pledged $5 million over five years toward the center. It was created to provide both space and technical support for choreographers to make new dance, and it is only the second institution of its kind in the country.

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    Join Knight for breakfast, music and more in San Jose, Calif.

    Aug. 3, 2015, 8 a.m., Posted by Daniel Harris

    Photo: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art by Thomas Hawk on Flickr.

    At Knight Foundation we support many events as part of our efforts to spark new ideas for cities, build community and support civic innovators working to advance talent, opportunity and engagement in San Jose and other Knight communities. Read more about our recent San Jose arts grants and support for a more vibrant, livable downtown.

    And join our community partners and me for these Knight-supported events in August:

    Aug. 7: People Acting in Community Together (PACT) presents Alum Rock Night Walks. Join Alum Rock neighbors for a family-friendly walk for peace every Friday from 7-8 pm.

    Aug. 8: The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents Artist Portfolio Reviews. This program offers an opportunity for emerging and established visual artists working in any medium to discuss and examine their work with a panel of curators, artists and art dealers.

    Aug. 11:  Join me for a “Meet Knight” breakfast and office hours from 9-10 a.m. Come hear about Knight’s strategy in San Jose, share your ideas and receive feedback. Limited seats are available. RSVP to Mark Haney at

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    Detroit Sidewalk Festival puts a bright light on Brightmoor

    July 31, 2015, 9:59 a.m., Posted by Rosie Sharp

    Everyone is already buzzing with anticipation for the third annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, which takes place in Detroit’s vibrant Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods. An area devastated by the mass exodus from the city, Brightmoor has quietly transformed itself into a utopia of urban gardens, public green spaces and a community bound and determined to do better for itself, in the absence of much help from outside.

    Taken in that context, the Sidewalk Festival, which was awarded a $35,000 grant in the 2014 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, is a real triumph. It's also a whole lot of fun.

    “Sidewalk is unique among festivals in that no traditional stages are used,” said organizer Ryan Myers-Johnson, who noted that activities instead take place in “community gardens, alleys, courtyards, sidewalks and parking lots. [It’s] a true street festival in every sense of the word.”

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