Knight Blog

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

Circ X launches Kickstarter for cabaret performances

July 28, 2014, 11:56 a.m., Posted by Diana Lozano

Diana Lozano is founder and artistic director of Circ X, a traveling performance troupe and production company based in Miami and a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge winner.

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for our upcoming cabaret show at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. We hope to raise $3,000 this month to help match the Knights Arts Challenge grant and to pay rehearsal and performance fees for the artists. 

We’re offering general admission tickets in the same price range as a movie ticket, to entice a wider audience to the world of live performance. Through the Kickstarter campaign, backers are able to get tickets without service fees. Basically, for less than the price of two coffees and a muffin at your local corporate coffee shop, you can experience live theater while supporting Miami’s local performance artists. 

#WaffleWednesdays: Networking event serves waffles, entrepreneurship together

July 28, 2014, 9:42 a.m., Posted by Will Weinraub


Photo: Tech presentations for #WaffleWednesday in Miami.

It started innocently enough.

We had just signed the lease on our new office, a 2,000-square-foot warehouse-style space in Wynwood that would become LiveNinja’s new headquarters.

A few days after signing, I joined our director of marketing, Carolina Leon, and our director of community, Danielle Ungermann, on a quick trip to Target to equip the office with new supplies.

As we walked through the store, I noticed a waffle maker that was on sale for 10 bucks. I immediately blurted out, “We should make waffles every week for the team. It would be something we could all look forward to and we could do it every Wednesday…”

Carolina jumped in: “Waffle Wednesday! I absolutely love that idea.”

When I mentioned the idea to my co-founder/mad scientist, Alfonso Martinez, he quickly took it one step further (as he usually does with everything) by telling us that he’s going to go “‘Top Chef’ on all of us.”

Diversity, connections help young professionals find their place in Miami

July 25, 2014, 4:06 p.m., Posted by Cody Johnson


Photo: Miami Program Director Matt Haggman introduces the Beacon Council of Miami-Dade panel discussion on local entrepreneurs at FIU. Photo: Cody Johnson.

A few months ago, the Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce set out to address a question Miami professionals continue to ask: Why should young people choose Miami as a place to live and work?

The Beacon Council hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at the Florida International University Downtown campus to provide insight from Miami professionals as to why South Florida is ideal for young entrepreneurs. Knight Foundation Miami Program Director Matt Haggman moderated the panel.

The New Leaders Taskforce event was part of the Beacon Council’s ongoing OneCommunityOneGoal initiative to attract and retain talent as Miami recovers from the recession.

Miami Herald President and Publisher Alexandra Villoch delivered the keynote address before the discussion, highlighting key points for young professionals who are considering Miami as a place to call their home.