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

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    Sounds of love fill the air at Bechtler

    Feb. 12, 2015, 2:20 p.m., Posted by kbalcerek

    Valentine’s Day weekend plans still unsettled? Look no further than the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s "Music and Museum” program featuring soprano Helen Goldsby. This performance, “Chamber of Love VI: Serenades and Ballades,” will showcase compositions by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Fauré and Puccini. The concert will be performed in the fourth-floor...

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    Opa-locka and the art of renewal

    Feb. 12, 2015, 12:44 p.m., Posted by Fernando González


    Artists and urban planners collaborate on an ambitious public art master plan for Opa-locka, Fla. Photo coutresy of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation.

    The images of Opa-locka, a small, blue-collar city 10 miles north of downtown Miami, speak of hard times — but also possibility.

    The Knight Arts Challenge is nurturing that potential.  In 2012 the nonprofit Opa-locka Community Development Corp. won an Arts Challenge grant for an arts festival and exhibit. The resulting “Art of Transformation,” which took place Nov. 12  to Dec. 14, 2014, included dance, music, public art and a street festival, and celebrated Opa-locka’s revitalizations efforts. Last year, the Opa-locka Community Development Corp. also won a new Arts Challenge grant to engage artist and landscape architect Walter Hood to turn Ali Baba Avenue into a large-scale public art project and, as the grant description notes, “work with residents to transform the avenue – currently wide, barren and unappealing to pedestrians and drivers – with painted interventions.”

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    Pioneer Winter and Grass Stains set to transform Miami's cultural landscape

    Feb. 12, 2015, 12:40 p.m., Posted by laflor

    Pioneer Winter and his organization, Grass Stains, won a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge grant. Over chicken souvlaki wraps and fried calamari, we spoke about his aspirations for Grass Stains and how it will benefit the community. The Grand Step Project by Stephan Koplowitz at New York...

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