Knight Blog

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

Circ X cabaret holds fundraiser

Nov. 19, 2014, 3:51 p.m., Posted by Diana Lozano

Photo from Circ X on Kickstarter.

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.

When we first set out to create the Circ X cabaret, we strived to make a production that was entertaining, provocative and affordable. Thanks to Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Cultural Affairs and all of our Kickstarter supporters, we were able to do just that.  

We offered tickets at just $15 and sold out our first set of shows at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater to rave reviews.  Now, with Give Miami Day, the communitywide 24-hour online giving campaign just around the corner, we are holding our second fundraiser tonight in Wynwood!  Join us at the House of Art from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. where you will get to meet our fabulous cast and enjoy complimentary cocktails from our sponsors.  

‘Knight Cities’: Leslie Koch on transforming New York’s Governors Island into a vibrant public space

Nov. 19, 2014, 2:06 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

How do you create a radically open platform for building new cultural capital in cities?

That’s been the job of Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, a nonprofit organization created by the city of New York to run what is an historic former military base being transformed into a park by and for New Yorkers. With the lightest possible touch, she has transformed a set of empty buildings and grounds into a platform animated by artists, collectors, and passionate hobbyists.  

It’s a model every city can learn from.

Eric Newton: Why I’m worried about newsroom training

Nov. 19, 2014, 11 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton


Way back in 1938, Agnes Wahl Nieman’s bequest launched a fellowship program at Harvard to “promote and elevate the standards of journalism.” Even then journalists wanted to know more, not just about the skills of our craft and the issues of our profession, but about the complexities of the topics we cover in trying to make sense of the world.

In the decades since, training has gone from an add-on frill to a survival skill. Journalists and newsrooms that can’t reinvent training in the digital age will face at best a bleak future.

Today, a Knight Foundation-funded report by the Poynter Institute looks at training in 31 newspaper newsrooms. The report -- “Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity?” – worries me.