Knight Blog

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

Support for arts in Miami and Philadelphia help engage community

April 20, 2012, 11:58 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



Visitors to Miami Beach don’t have to go too far to get a little culture - in the winter it’s often broadcast on a 7,000 square-foot wall. Members of the community are encouraged to bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New World Symphony, thanks to innovative video and audio technology which broadcasts the symphony for free at the Miami Beach SoundScape.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the city’s premier Latino culture group is set to launch a series of live concerts under the stars. Performances will celebrate the arts of Latin America and the Caribbean and feature both world-renowned and local-area artists.

Both Knight-funded projects are examples of innovative ideas that exemplify the Knight Arts’ program mission of engaging communities in the arts.

Monday: Find out winners of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia

April 20, 2012, 7:27 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


On Monday, tune in to find out the winning projects of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia!

More than 1,200 ideas were submitted by artists, artist-run groups and organizations who pitched their big ideas for engaging the Philadelphia community through the arts. Earlier this year, Knight announced the 55 finalists.

Our reviewers whittled the list down to a few dozen winners and on Monday at 6 p.m., Knight will post the winning projects at We’ll also tweet the winners and other updates from the announcement ceremony via @knightfdn. The hashtag to follow along is #knightarts.

This year’s winners offer a wide array of innovative ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities through visual arts, music, film, theater and more.

St. Paul: addressing key factors of community attachment

April 19, 2012, 3:22 p.m., Posted by Polly M. Talen


Photo Credit: Flickr user Jeremiah Peterson 

I spotted a wonderful convergence of two things which Knight is passionate about, namely community foundations and its Soul of the Community research.  The current issue of the Giving Forum features community foundations and uses Knight’s Soul of the Community research to set up how important it is that community foundations focus on the quality of life in a particular geography. The research showed a significant, positive connection between residents’ emotional bond to a place and local economic growth.   

Giving Forum is the online and print publication of the Minnesota Council on Foundations that covers Minnesota philanthropy news by and for grantmakers, givers and nonprofits.  The article includes work of the Saint Paul Foundation and Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, both of which have rallied around the importance of addressing the key drivers of community attachment identified by the Soul of the Community: social offerings, openness, aesthetics and education.