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

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    Arts

    Catch a new play on the Green Line this weekend (literally)

    Oct. 15, 2014, 4:10 p.m., Posted by sschouweiler

    Katherine Turczan, "Line" (detail), 2014, archival pigment prints, dimensions variable. Courtesy of MMAA This weekend, Minnesota Museum of American Art (a Knight Arts grantee) will close its public transportation-themed exhibition, “From There to Here,” with a “mobile theater” performance of a new, crowd-sourced play written for...

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    Arts

    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: Talking livability and sustainability with Vin Cipolla

    Oct. 15, 2014, 2:42 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

    Not many nonprofits have been around more than 100 years, especially ones dedicated to creating a more livable city.  But the Municipal Art Society of New York – or MAS NYC as it is now known -- has defied the odds and continues to thrive in a fast-changing city. 

    With a storied history of championing the first municipal zoning code in the United States and saving Times Square and Grand Central Terminal, today the organization leads a broad agenda promoting the city’s economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, environmental sustainability and social diversity. This week on “Knight Cities,” our guest is Vin Cipolla, president of MAS NYC.

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    Journalism

    18 news and information ideas receive Knight Prototype Fund support

    Oct. 15, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Michael D. Bolden

    Knight Prototype Fund winners met this summer to share ideas in Pittsburgh. Photo: Michael Bolden.

    Eighteen projects will each receive $35,000 in funding and time to test their media and information ideas as the latest recipients of grants from the Knight Prototype Fund.

    The fund, which Knight launched in 2012, encourages the rapid iteration and testing of ideas while providing a support network for the creators. The recipients join a cohort of winners who get the opportunity to receive human-centered design training and to share ideas and concepts with other people experiencing similar opportunities and challenges.

    “We’re very interested in lighting fires under new projects and taking risks with the knowledge that some of those projects might fail,” said Chris Barr, director for media innovation at Knight Foundation. “The Prototype Fund is built to accept that risk. A lot of them are going to take a left turn at Albuquerque and turn into something that we don’t expect at all, but we can always learn from them.”

    Recently, new prototype grant recipients traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., and shared in that learning. They experienced human-centered design training at LUMA Institute, which gives them a better understanding of how to respond to the needs of potential users as they develop their projects and services, and listened to previous recipients talk about the development of their ideas and their next steps during a demo day at Left Field Meeting Space.

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