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    Meet Knight and more in San Jose, Calif.

    Aug. 31, 2015, 4:15 p.m., Posted by Daniel Harris

    Above: Naatak “Vrindavan photo by Amit Basu.

    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.

    Join our community partners and me for these Knight-supported events in September:

    Sept. 1: 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

    Sept. 2: TransForm and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) present Downtown San Jose Envision Silicon Valley Community Meeting, a forum to discuss the possibility of placing a sales tax measure on the 2016 ballot to enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation, such as biking and walking.

    Sept. 2: Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) presents “Found in Translation.” Four artists transform everyday objects to illustrate the complexities of the human experience in a multilingual and multicultural world.

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  • Communities

    Documenting everything is way of life for Chicago civic tech group

    Aug. 31, 2015, 1:36 p.m., Posted by Steve Outing

    Livestreaming the ADA 25 Chicago launch. The Chicago Community Trust is lead supporter of the event. Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil.

    This post is one in a series on what four community and place-based foundations are learning by funding media projects that help to meet their local information needs. All are funded through the Knight Community Information Challenge.

    We live in a world of information overload. Conventional wisdom suggests that we're all so overwhelmed by the super-fast growth of information and data that providers of content must make everything short and succinct.

    But in Chicago, a contrarian view is taking shape. For the Smart Chicago Collaborative, which uses and promotes technology to inform people and improve lives, every civic program and event that the organization manages or is involved in is documented comprehensively, in fine detail.

    Any project or event that Smart Chicago is involved with (or runs solely) may be:

    ●       Recorded on video or audio, and/or livestreamed;

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  • Arts

    Akron, here’s what we’re looking for in the first Knight Arts Challenge

    Aug. 31, 2015, 1:27 p.m., Posted by Marika Lynch

    Arts Program Director Bahia Ramos responds to questions in Akron.

    Akron, you have two more weeks to craft that submission for the Knight Arts Challenge, which is offering $1 million a year through 2017 for the best ideas for the arts.  The initial application is just 150 words. You’ve got this, right?

    To help, Arts Program Director Bahia Ramos spent three nights last week meeting with artists and creatives from around the city to answer questions, including why Knight launched this effort. The challenge’s goal, Ramos said: To fund ideas and experiments that not only inspire the people who live in Akron, but to bring people together in a way that strengthens and builds community.

    In doing so, Knight wants to add more momentum to the artistic activity in Akron, Ramos said.

    “We are not here by accident. The creative energy is bubbling up from the grassroots and institutions alike,” Ramos said. “With the challenge, we want to give a bigger voice to the energy we feel is happening here.”

    Here are some of the tips and insights on crafting applications that Ramos offered during the community Q&A sessions:

    Consider the 3 C’s of your application: Be clear, concise and compelling: You only have 150 words to fill out the initial application at Make them count. “What we care about is your idea, your passion for the arts, who you are and why you feel this is a unique opportunity for the community,” Ramos said.

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